The Llanover Estate and St Bartholomew's Church....
Now part of Llanover Estate, Llansabbath (translating from the Welsh simply as "church land") was originally a farm believed to have been either owned by the church or named for its proximity to nearby St Bartholomew's Church and vicarage, with the church a short walk down the lane and well worth a visit.
In the churchyard you'll see the tomb of none other than Sir Benjamin Hall, Lord Llanover. He was the very first Minister of Works, and 'Big Ben' the famous hour bell in the Clock Tower of the Houses of Parliament, is reputedly named after Sir Hall, and his towering stature .
Sir Hall's wife Augusta, Lady Llanover (daughter of the founder of Llanover House), was a major force in promoting all things Welsh and had a passion for retaining the Welsh language in southern Wales. Lady Llanover is credited with originating (or at least, popularising) the concept of the Welsh National Dress.
St Bartholomew's dates to the 12th century, with the addition of a 14th century tower. There is a 6th century preaching cross in the churchyard, and a 13th century font inside.
Llanover House and Gardens, just a mile or so walk or drive away, sometimes open their gardens to the public. You can visit their website here: www.llanovergarden.co.uk