Key Keeper Sought for Historic Neath Abbey

Thursday 12 January 2012

Neath Abbey

Neath Abbey

Neath Abbey and Gatehouse is seeking a dedicated key keeper with responsibility for checking the monument on a daily basis and keeping it free of litter.

The post, for which a modest fee is paid involves reporting any damage or vandalism to Cadw and notifying police of any undesirable activities at the site. Together with litter- picking, the key keeper will keep a day to day eye on the condition of the monument. The key keeper will be provided with a full list of contacts and out of hours contacts.

Originally founded as a daughter house of Savigny in 1130, the abbey was absorbed into the Cistercian order in 1147. The ruins represent two major buildings, a medieval Cistercian monastery and a large Tudor house.

Jayne Rowlands, Cadw's Head of Visitor and Business Services, said, ‘Neath Abbey is an open monument with free admission for visitors. The key keeper has a vital local role to play in ensuring the site is always well presented and looking at its best for our visitors. It would be an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in caring for a truly attractive monument and who would take pride caring for Neath Abbey.’  

If you think you can meet this challenge, please write to Jill Brinkworth, Property Support Officer, Visitor and Business Services, Cadw, Plas Carew, Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed, Parc Nantgarw, Cardiff CF15 7QQ or email

Closing date 13 February 2012.