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Pontyates is located in Carmarthenshire
Location within Carmarthenshire
Population3,500 See Llanelli
OS grid referenceSN470085
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLlanelli
Postcode districtSA15
Dialling code01269
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
51°45′07″N 4°13′01″W / 51.752°N 4.217°W / 51.752; -4.217Coordinates: 51°45′07″N 4°13′01″W / 51.752°N 4.217°W / 51.752; -4.217

Pontyates (Welsh: Pont-iets) is a village situated in the Gwendraeth Valley halfway between Carmarthen and Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, West Wales.

General information[edit]

The village of Pontyates offers a local garage, its own fire and rescue station, two bilingual primary schools, a post office, a fish and chip shop, public houses, a barbers and places of worship. The village is situated on the banks of the Gwendraeth Fawr river. It sits adjacent to the B4309 that runs between the towns of Carmarthen and Llanelli which are both about 10 miles from the village. The village is primarily Welsh-speaking. Pontyates is set in a rural area which hosts impressive views of the surrounding valleys from the top of the hill. It is known to have two sides to the village, the Carmarthen side and the Llanelli side, known locally as "pentre hyn" (this village) and "pentre draw" (that village), depending on which side the speaker stands. The population was around 4000 in 1929 according to the parish entry of that year (Sourced from 'The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929').


(According to National Statistics Online)

  • Average Age - 42
  • Average Commute - 12.8 (miles)
  • Gender Ratio - 1.06 (female/male)
  • Population in Good Health - 58.3%
  • Students - 3%


Pontyates used to have its own railway station run by the Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway company. Pontyates was one of the stations that lay between Llanelli and the coal mine at Cwmmawr. The fact that the line was built down the old canal route meant that it was prone to flooding. The station at Pontyates was closed in 1953. Despite it being no longer in use, the railway line still runs across the road today and can be walked across as part of the mining heritage trail.

Origin of name[edit]

According to the BBC Wales programme 'What's in a name'. 'Pontyates' is said to have been named after an English family, Yates. 'Pont' translates as 'bridge' in English and the Welsh word 'Y' means 'of'. This would mean the literal translation of Pontyates is Bridge-of-Yates. However, due to the name's similarity to the local word 'iet' meaning 'gate' the village is more commonly referred to as 'Pontiets'. A testament to this is the fact that both names appear on the welcome sign when entering the village.


Pontyates is home to the rugby club Pontyates R.F.C. which plays in the Welsh Rugby Union, Division Five West League.

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