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BRECONSHIRE (BRECKNOCKSHIRE)

The County of BRECKNOCK is 106 Miles in Circumference, contains about 620000 Acres, is divided into 6 Hundreds, in which are 4 Market Towns, out of which only Brecknock, ye Shire Town is represented in Parliament. Has 61 Parishes & about 5034 Houses. The Air is good but sharp, & ye Soil for ye most part hilly, having some pleasant & fruitfull Valleys. The County affords plenty of Corn & Grass, in ye Vales, and ye Rivers abundance of Fish, especially ye Wye & ye Usk, which are full of Salmon, Trout &c.
[Source: Emanuel Bowen, Britannia Depicta, 1720]


INFORMATION RELATED TO ALL OF BRECONSHIRE
Breconshire

Archives and Libraries

Powys Archives
Provide a series of Local Studies Notes with Sources for Family History and a Guide to Holdings

The National Library of Wales. Aberystwyth. The major repository of information relevant to Welsh genealogy, such as Bishop's Transcripts of Parish Registers, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, Nonconformist Records, Probate Records, Tithe Maps and Apportionment Schedules, Legal and Administrative Records, Estate Records and Personal Papers, Pedigree Books, Newspapers, etc.

Brecon Area Library
Ship Street
Brecon
Powys
LD3 9AE
Telephone: +44 (0) 1874 623346
E-mail: brecon.library@powys.gov.uk
Opening hours: Mon 9:30-17:00; Tue 09:30-19:00; Wed to Fri 9:30-17:00; Sat 09:30-13:00
The library holds copies of Breconshire Census Returns 1841 to 1901.

Powys Museums and Galleries
The National Archives has details of many archive repositories in the UK with links to their websites.

Breconshire section of the on-line catalogue of the London Family History Centre (formerly the Hyde Park Family History Centre). The London FHC is one of more than 4,800 Family History Centres of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the largest such centre outside of North America, and one of more than 100 centres in the British Isles. It holds a good collection of finding aids and a significant collection of primary records, mostly on microfilm. Records are chiefly drawn from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)
In addition to the RCAHMW's on-line Archive Catalogue there is also a Chapels database which will eventually list all known nonconformist chapels in Wales.


Bibliography


Biography


Cemeteries

MIs held at Powys Archives - Breconshire

Welsh Gravestone Inscriptions and Graveyard Welsh - guides to interpreting Memorial Inscriptions.

Graveyard Surveys - Over the past twenty years, Gareth Jones has produced surveys of the graveyards of over fifty churches and chapels. Each survey is reproduced on A4 sheets with introduction, full inscriptions, and indexes to personal names and place-names. Some of these surveys are large, e.g. the parish churchyards at Defynnog, Llywel, and Ystradgynlais, and Tynycoed Chapel, Abercrâf. Other Breconshire parishes covered include Llandeilo'r Fân, Llanfihangel Nant Bran, Merthyr Cynog, Llandyfaelog, Llanfihangel Fechan, Battle, Brecon (St David's & St John's), Aberyscir, and Trallwng. For free advice, a full list of surveys, and charges, contact Gareth Jones at garethjones113@yahoo.co.uk.


Census

Breconshire Records for sale by Powys FHS

Brecon Area Library, Ship Street, Brecon, LD3 9AE. (01874) 623346 has copies of 1841 - 1901 census returns for all of Breconshire - as have Powys Archives

FreeCEN is an ongoing volunteer based project to provide a 'free to view' online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns. The 1891 return is the first to be tackled across the UK.

Ancestry.co.uk (the UK arm of Ancestry.com) - access to indexes and images of the complete set of England and Wales censuses from 1841 to 1911 (and other genealogical material), accessible by payment of a subscription fee.


Church History

You may also find it worthwhile searching in the GENUKI church database.

Brecknockshire Churches Survey by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust

Dawson, Gerard Finch. The churches of Brecknockshire. Swansea : A.R. Way, 1909. 239p

Eisel, John C. The church bells of Breconshire : their inscriptions and founders. Almeley : Logaston Press, 2002. 142p

Evans, John Thomas. The church plate of Breconshire. : With the Chantry certificates relating the the County of Brecon by the Commissioners of 2 Edward VI (1548)...and appendix on the saints of Breconshire, by the Rev. A.W. Wade-Evans... Stow-on-the-Wold : J. H. Alden, 1912. 160p

Gregory, Donald. The three parsons of Radnorshire (Lloyd, David, d.1838. Rees, William Jenkins, d.1855. Price, John, 1810?-1895, of Paincastle.). Country Quest 26/8 (1986), p. 39-40


Church Records

The parish register entries for most of the parishes in Breconshire are available on the FindMyPast.co.uk website. Images of the original entries, as well as transcriptions, can be accessed on a pay-to-view or subscription basis, but they can also be accessed, without charge, on the computer workstations at branches of the Powys Library Service.
Full details of the records available are set out in four PDF documents (baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials) on the FindMyPast website.

Detailed information on deposited Breconshire parish registers and transcripts is given on the Powys Archives website.

Breconshire Records published by Powys FHS

Map of Breconshire parishes on Powys FHS Brecknock Group website

IGI and Familysearch - the searchable Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) website
IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles
It is not always easy to locate your ancestors on the IGI using the search mechanisms provided at the above LDS site. Manually typing the batch numbers into the IGI search screen can be tedious. Hugh Wallis has made an exhaustive search of the likely ranges of batch numbers and created a database of those numbers and the source records that they apply to. A very powerful feature included is a hotlink from each batch number to the actual search engine provided at the Family Search site, including the ability to enter the surname you are looking for. This makes it very easy to search all the batches for a particular geographic location using just the last name you are searching for - something that is not possible directly from the LDS site without doing a lot of typing. This is Hugh Wallis's site

Ifans, Dafydd [ed]. Cofrestri Anghydfurol Cymru/ Nonconformist Registers of Wales. Aberystwyth, 1994. This book includes Ordnance Survey references for listed chapels.

Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales.   Cardiff, 1976.

Jones, Nansi C. Archdeaconry of Brecon probate records. Aberystwyth : National Library of Wales, 1989. 223p

MacDonald, R W. The Parish Registers of Wales, National Library of Wales journal. 1976, Winter. Volume XIX/4

Williams, C.J. and Watts-Williams, J. Cofrestri Plwyf Cymru: Parish Registers of Wales (National Index of Parish Registers, Vol. 13).Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales, Second edition, 2000.


Civil Registration

Brett Langston has provided details of the Registration Districts in Breconshire for the period 1837 to 1930.

Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be obtained from the Superintendent Registrar at:

Please note:
(a) the cost of a certificate is currently £7.00 - send a Sterling cheque payable to Powys County Council plus return postage or two International Reply Coupons;
(b) the GRO Index references are of no value;
(c) for marriage certificates, the precise place of marriage must be given;
(d) Civil Registration in England and Wales began on July 1st 1837.

FreeBMD is an ongoing project to make the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes available online - an essential resource for BMD records from July 1837 onwards.

findmypast.co.uk - here you'll find the complete BMD indexes of the GRO (and other genealogical material) accessible on a pay-to-view or subscription basis.

Ancestry.co.uk (the UK arm of Ancestry.com) - another way of accessing the complete BMD indexes of the GRO (and other genealogical material), accessible by payment of a subscription fee.


Court Records

The Act of 1543 established the courts of Great Sessions in Wales, equivalent to the English Assizes, which continued until 1830 when they were abolished. Details about these records can be searched at Archives Network Wales.

Powys County Archives Office hold records pertaining to Breconshire Quarter Sessions which were established by the same Act although records do not begin until the late seventeenth century. See also their Petty Sessions listing.

Rules and standing orders for regulating the practice of the Court of Quarter Sessions of the County of Brecknockshire : revised Easter 1884. Brecknock, printed by Edwin Poole, 1884; 96pp.

Description and Travel

A Vision of Britain Through Time. "This site contains information about your home area from the 2001 census -- and from every earlier British census back to 1801. It can present this information both as maps of the whole country and as graphs showing change over time in your area. It truly offers a Vision of Britain through time"

Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516. The Gazetteer compiled by Dr Samantha Letters is a catalogue of markets and fairs in medieval England and Wales. This is the first comprehensive national survey.

Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal on Powys Digital History Project website.

The Brecon & Merthyr Railway, by D. S. Barrie, Oakwood Press, 1980; ISBN 085361-087-8 (first published 1957)
An index of personal names mentioned in the book is available here.

Brecon Beacons National Park Online Guide

Wales Calling site - Brecon Beacons

Explore Mid Wales, an extensive Powys tourism site

Powys County Council

Barber, Chris, Exploring the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and waterfall country : a walker's guide. Bristol : Regional Publications (Bristol) Ltd, 1985. 96p

Baker-Gabb, Richard. Hills and vales of the Black Mountain district : on the borders of Brecon, Monmouth and Hereford. Llangrove, Ross-on-Wye : T. Pridgeon, 1976. 81p

Bissel, A F., In the steps of John Ogilby : some old roads of Monmouthshire and Brecknockshire. Abergavenny : Derek Bissell, 2001.

Breconshire (Sir Frycheiniog) official county guide. Gloucester : British Publishing Co., 1973. 80p

Breconshire County Council. Breconshire : statistics prepared by order of the County Council, April, 1893. Brecon : Printed by Edwin Davies, 1893. 71p

Burgess, John. Radnorshire, Montgomeryshire and Breconshire : a guide. Carlisle : John Burgess, 2000. 57p

Children, George. The prehistoric sites of Breconshire : ideology, power and monument symbolism. Almeley : Logaston Press, 2001. 182p

Davies, Dewi. Bridges of Breconshire. [Capel Bangor, Aberystwyth] : Dewi Davies, 1992. 70p

Evans, Christopher J. Breconshire. Cambridge : University press, 1912.

Evans, Gwyn. Views of old Brecknockshire. Brecon : [Gwyn Evans], c1983. 47p

Haynes, Kenneth. Here and there on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal : a sketch-book. Newport, Gwent : Starling Press, 1990. 72p

Jones, James R. Pryse's handbook to the Breconshire and Radnorshire mineral springs : with notes and excerpts illustrating the history, antiquities, and topography of many of the surrounding towns and villages. Llanidloes : Pryse, [1859]. 147p

Mason, Edmund J. Portrait of the Brecon Beacons and surrounding areas. London : Hale, 1975. 224p

Morgan, David R. The hillforts of Breconshire. Breconshire Naturalist 41 (1985), p. 15-18

Morgan, David R. The Neolithic tombs of east Breconshire. Breconshire Naturalist 45 (1987), p. 17-21

Rees, Thomas. A topographical and historical description of South Wales... / Brecknockshire. London : [S.N.], 1815. The Beauties of England and Wales

Remfrey, Paul M. Castles of Breconshire. Herefordshire : Logaston Press, 1999. 196p

The Romans in Breconshire and Radnorshire : a field guide. Borth : Atelier Productions, 1995. 96p

Thomas, W S K. Georgian and Victorian Brecon: portrait of a Welsh country town. 1993

Victorian and Edwardian Wales from old photographs. Introduction and commentary by E D Jones. Batsford 1972.

BRECKNOCKSHIRE (fromTallis's Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales, published 1860)
The county of Brecknock is bounded on the east by Monmouthshire and Herefordshire on the north and north-west by Radnorshire and Cardiganshire; on the west by Carmarthenshire; and on the south by Glamorganshire, and part of Monmouthshire. Its form is somewhat elliptical; in length, about thirty-nine miles, in breadth, twenty-seven, and in circumference about 109. Its area is 754 square miles. The principal rivers are the Usk, which issues from the black mountains on the south-west side of the county, runs north till it reaches Trecastle, and then turning to the east and passing Brecknock, leaves the county below Crickhowell: the Wye, which waters the north side of the county, leaves it at Hay and enters Herefordshire; the Irvon, which has its source in the upper part of the hundred of Builth; and, after a course of no great length, falls into the Wye, a little above the town of Builth. The Tawe rises on the southern side of the black mountains, and enters Glamorganshire at Ystradgynlais, whence it proceeds to Swansea, and falls into the Bristol Channel. The Taf has also its source in Brecknockshire; but it is an inconsiderable stream until it enters Glamorganshire. Other rivers of less note are the Groney, Honddu, Isker Brane, Camalas, and Croy, which fall into the Usk; and the Dylas, Comaick, and the Wevesey, which empty themselves into the Wye; they all abound with fish, particularly the Usk and Wye, which are well stored with salmon and trout. The chief lake in Brecknockshire, and one of the largest in Wales, is Llynsavaddan, or more properly Llynsafeddan, the still or standing lake, which is called also by the names of Brecknock Mere, and Langorse Mere. It covers a surface of about five miles in circumference; is about two miles in length, and one mile in width. It has been stated to be from nine to twelve feet deep; but, in some places, it is forty or fifty. Fish of different kinds are found here in great plenty; especially pike, perch, and eels. Trout is excluded, probably, by the presence of pike. Tradition ascribes the formation of the lake to the following marvellous story, as recorded in the Harleian MSS. 6831:- "A young man pays his addresses to the lady of Llynsafeddan., who rejects him on account of his poverty. He then robs and murders a carrier; bringing and displaying to her his ill-gotten wealth, he urges again his suit, but was interrogated respecting the attainment of the property he had brought. He confesses to her the means under an injunction of secrecy, but she still failed to comply, unless he repaired to the grave of the deceased and appeased his ghost. This he readily undertook, and on his approach, a voice cried, 'Is there no vengeance for innocent blood!' when another answered 'Not until the ninth generation.' Satisfied to find the evil day long protracted, the lady marries him, and their issue multiply so quickly, that they live to see 'even the ninth generation; but the Judgment not following, they made a great feast, when in the middle of their jollity, a mighty earthquake swallows up the whole generation, and their lands become covered with water." Brecknockshire is crossed by two ranges of mountains, which present some eminences of considerable elevation. The first, which is known by the denomination of the Eppynt-hills, rises on the north-eastern confines of the county of Carmarthen, and proceeding in an easterly direction, terminates at Llyswen, on the banks of the Wye, after separating the greater part of the hundred of Builth from the other portion of the county. The second chain, which partly divides Brecknockshire from the two neighbouring counties of Glamorgan and Monmouth, may be said to commence on the west, with two conspicuous hills of abrupt elevation, called Bannau Sir Gaer, or the Carmarthenshire beacons; then stretching in a line nearly parallel with the Eppynt range, it extends into Monmouthshire, and terminates on the southern side of the Usk, below the town of Crickhowell. This county was anciently denominated Garth Madrin; the origin of which appellation is not clearly ascertained, and at what period this tract of country was first peopled, has not been determined. The county of Brecknock is divided into the six following hundreds: Builth, Crickhowell, Devynnock, Merthyr, Pinkelly, Talgarth; and these hundreds are subdivided into sixty-seven parishes, and one part of a parish. The county has four market towns: Brecknock, Builth, Crickhowell, and Hay; six petty sessions, and eighteen acting county magistrates. The iron works of this county form an object of great importance. Most of them lie on the borders of Monmouthshire, and the ore is supplied from the estates of the Duke of Beaufort. Brecknockshire remained in the power of the Welsh princes until 1092. In that year the lordship of Brecknock was granted by the king to Barnard Newmarch, and that he might obtain possession of his rights, and the better to defend himself against the natives, whose hostility and resistance to his authority made it difficult for him to maintain his position in the country, he built the castle of Brecknock as a stronghold for himself and his troops. From that time till 1377, when it fell into the hands of Henry IV, Brecknock Castle was one of the chief defensive posts in the numerous contests between the Welsh barons and the English kings. During Henry's reign, Brecknock was much harassed by the predatory attacks of Owen Glendower. From the time of Henry IV to that of Henry VIII, Brecknock Castle always commanded Brecknock town, and the townsmen suffered much from the continual changes in the possessors of the castle. At length, in 1521, the lordship of Brecknock became permanently annexed to the English crown, and, in 1534, Wales became formally united to England. The climate varies considerably, according to the elevation and exposure; the hilly districts being very cold, and, in some seasons, subject to heavy rains. The principal geological formations of the county consist of grauwacke, slate, trap, porphyry, transition rocks, and the old red sandstone. A few of the Monmouthshire strata of iron and coal extend into Brecknock, and a little copper has been met with. The soil in the more favourable parts of the county yields good wheat, and abundance of apples for cider: in the cold and wet soils, barley and oats are the chief grain crops. In the high land are bred small black and brindled cattle, horses, ponies, and good hill-sheep. In the low lands the Herefordshire breed of cattle predominates, and is on the increase. The farms vary much both in value and in size; they are seldom let upon lease, and are chiefly held at a yearly tenure, at rents from £20 to £100 a-year. There are several cromlechs, traces of British stations, of Roman encampments, and remains of castles in the county.
[Source: page 238 of Tallis's Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales, published 1860 (for further details, see John Ball's website)]

Directories

Trades directories held by Powys Archives

List of trades directories held by Swansea Central Library (PDF file)
      Postal address: Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN
      Phone: 01792 636464
      E-mail: libraryline@swansea.gov.uk
      Website: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=10956

Directories published on CD by Archive CD Books:


Gazetteers

Search the GENUKI Gazetteer.

The GENUKI Gazetteer covers the whole of England, Wales and Scotland and can be searched by place-name (or part of a place-name) or Ordnance Survey Grid Reference (six-figure, eg NZ183848). If there are multiple place-names matching the name you enter, you will initially be presented with a drop-down list of the matching place-names with their distances and bearings from Cardiff, Wales.

The National Gazetteer of Wales

The section of The National Gazetteer (1868) relating to Brecknockshire - transcribed by Colin Hinson.

Tallis's Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales, published in 1860 in six vols, editor E. L. Blanchard.
See Welsh Family History Archive for all the excellent county maps (showing the hundreds) and the alphabetical gazetteer.
From the preface:
"In the following pages will be found fully described the past history and present aspect of every place of any significance in England and Wales, forming a work of permanent importance to the commercial world, of ready service to the tourist of the day, and of constant interest to the general reader, who may derive from this source a large supply of entertainment, as well as of information for the amusement and instruction of a leisure hour."


Genealogy

Online Welsh Names Directory by Graham Jaunay

Welsh Ancestor List - an all-Wales surnames list provided by John Ball on his Welsh Family History Archive website.

The new Powys FHS website offers a Strays Index and Publications List

FreeBMD website offers free access to an index to the civil registers of births marriages and death, complete for the period from 1837 to about 1915. The period from 1916 onwards is covered by Ancestry.co.uk subscription site.

Timeline of genealogically interesting dates, by Gareth Hicks.

The Powys Mailing List established in 1997 and hosted by RootsWeb is the most active mailing list covering the county of Breconshire.

John Fuller has provided full details of the mailing lists serving this county. This is but a small part of the data available on the "Genealogy Resources on the Internet" pages maintained by John Fuller and Chris Gaunt.

All-Wales Lookup Exchange

Brecon Wills – VAUGHAN Wills proved in the Archdeaconry of Brecon 1575-1858 - Indexes and Abstracts on Hugh Wallis's Genealogy website.


History

Powys Digital History Project

Castle Wales site - the Kingdom of Powys

An Address Presented to William Rees by the Brecknock Society: the Medieval Lordship of Brecon: (1) Political History; (2) Social and Economic History.

Jones, Theophilus. A History of the County of Brecknock, 4 vols. 1909, 1911, 1930

Lloyd, John E Sir. Historical memoranda of Breconshire : a collection of papers from various sources relating to the history of the County. Brecon : Printed by E. Owen, 1903-04. 2nd pt. of Vol. 2. "The River Usk and the Canal."

Owen, Matthew. Story of Breconshire. Cardiff : Ed. Pub. 1911. 292p

Poole, Edwin. The illustrated history and biography of Brecknockshire from the earliest times to the present day : containing the general history, antiquities, sepulchral monuments and inscriptions ... : illustrated by several engravings and portraits. S.l.] : Printed and published by Edwin Poole, 1886. 495p

Poole, Edwin. The people's history of Brecon (town and county). Brecon : printed by H. B. Wheeler, 1876. 136p

Rees, William. The great forest of Brecknock : a facet of Breconshire history. 1966?. 31p

Silvester, R. J., The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust in Breconshire. Brycheiniog, 29 (1996/1997), 9-10.

Thomas, Hugh. Essay towards the history of Brecknockshire 1698. Brecon : Brecknock County Museum, 1967. 90p


Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land 1873 for all the Welsh counties on Richard Hopkins' site

Gathering the Jewels site - Houses of Breconshire (use on-site search box)

Haslam, Richard. Powys : (Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire, Breconshire). The Buildings of Wales series. Harmondsworth : Cardiff : Penguin ; University of Wales Press, 1979. 436p

Language and languages

Jones, Glyn E. Some features of the Welsh of Breconshire. The use of Welsh: a contribution to sociolinguistics, ed., Martin J. Ball, p. 7-103.

Maps

Map of Breconshire on Breconshire Local & Family History Society website

Map of Breconshire parishes on Powys FHS Brecknock Group website

Breconshire Old Maps

Welsh county maps by Samuel Lewis and published in 1833

Cambridge University Library's collection of John Speed's County Maps published circa 1610, include his detailed map of Breconshire.

Details of various maps available at Powys Archives

An exceptionally useful set of maps showing parish boundaries, on a one inch to the mile scale, was produced in 2001 by Kain, R. J. P. and Oliver, R. R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive. See here for current availability.

Military History

Bidgood, Ruth. Breconshire hero of the French wars : [Charles Papps Price]. Country Quest 32/7 (1991), p. 22-3

Retallack, John . The Welsh Guards published (1981) by Frederick Warne (Publishers) Ltd., London.


Names, Geographical

Links to various UK and Ireland gazetteers

Davies, Dewi. Welsh Place-Names of Breconshire and their meanings. 1971

Morgan, Richard. A study of Breconshire place-names. Llanrwst : Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1999. 157p

Powell, R. F. Peter. Notes on a place-name element peculiar to Breconshire [Car]. Brycheiniog 19 1980-1, p. 83-95

Powell, R. F. Peter. The place-names of Devynock Hundred: together with notes on a place-name element peculiar to Breconshire (Appendix). Pen-pont, Brecon : Peter Powell, 1993. 1v


Names, Personal

Welsh Ancestor List on John Ball's Welsh Family History Archive website.

The Brecon & Merthyr Railway, by D. S. Barrie, Oakwood Press, 1980; ISBN 085361 087 8 (first published 1957)
An index of personal names mentioned in the book is available here.


Newspapers

Local newspapers in Powys Archives


Occupations

Victorian Professional Photographers in Wales 1850-1925 - a county based database compiled by Mari Alderman, includes sources and a bibliography.
Peak District Mines Historical Society - Wales's Mining Industry in 1896 - An Index, includes list of coal mines in Breconshire.

Colyer, Richard. The Welsh Cattle Drovers (1976). Re-issued in 2002 by Landmark Publishing Co, with revisions, p192.
Colyer, Richard. Welsh Cattle Drovers in the Nineteenth Century - 1/2/3 National Library of Wales journal. 1972, Winter Volume XVII/4 & 1974 Volume XVIII/3 & 1975 Volume XIX/1
Colyer, R. J. Moore. Further References to the Welsh Cattle Trade. National Library of Wales journal. Volume XXV/3 Summer, 1988. Extract of this article by Bill Griffith-Jones 2002

Periodicals

Cronicl Powys is the Powys Family History Society journal, an index (and some articles) online.

Brycheiniog, the annual journal of the Brecknock Society and Museum Friends has been digitised and all volumes up to 2005 are available on the National Library of Wales website.


Politics and Government

Powys - A Day in the Life - 1891, Breconshire County Council

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Powys

Ord, J P. Sheriffs of Brecknockshire. Tenby : printed by R. Mason, 1865. 21p. "A list of gentlemen who have served the office ... from A.D. 1539 ... to 1864 ..." -- p. [1]. Reprinted from the Cambrian Journal.

Wood, Elizabeth. Thomas Wood M.P. : parliamentary representative for Brecknockshire, 1806-47. [Brecon] : Brecknock Museum, 1978. 32p


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Workhouses: the Workhouse website describes its aim thus: 'dedicated to the workhouse – its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, even its poets..."


Religion and Religious Life

Brecon and Radnor Congregationalism: 1662 commemoration volume. Merthyr Tydvil : Joseph Williams & Sons, 1912. 215p

Lewis, Michael R. From darkness to light : the Catholics of Breconshire 1536-1851. Abertillery : Old Bakehouse, 1992. 119p


Schools

Bevan, Robert. Radnorshire schools in 1818. Transactions of the Radnorshire Society 60 (1990), p. 36-40

Social Life and Customs

Welcome to Powys: A Day in the Life - This fascinating digital history project website explores life in Powys in 1891, and compares it with the present day. All information and material for 1891 was drawn from collections throughout the counties of Breconshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire. For the contemporary part of the project, the people of Powys were asked to keep a diary of their day on 24 September 2002.

Bailey, Mabel. Legends and stories of Breconshire. [S.l. : s.n.], [Hay-on-Wye (Powys) : 1909 H.R. Grant] 57p

Davies, Dewi. Law and Disorder in Breconshire 1750-1880. Brecon : D.G. & A.S. Evans, 1991.164p

Harris, Johnathan. The early history of association football in Breconshire. Brycheiniog 28 (1995-6), p. 127-35

Jones, G Penrhyn. Cholera in Wales. National Library of Wales journal Vol X/3 Summer 1958.

More gathered gold : stories of old Breconshire. [Brecon?] : Sennybridge and District Writers' Circle, c1996. 80p

Peate, Iorwerth C. The Welsh House - A Study in Folk Culture. First published in 1940, reprinted by Llanerch Publishers, Felinfach in 2000. ISBN 1 86143 112 0. Here is a review and listing of Contents, Illustrations, Figures and houses/sites mentioned, from the 1940 edition.

Poole, Edwin. The History of Breconshire Charities : borough & county, compiled from official returns and other sources. Brecon : Edwin Poole, [1881?]. 40p

Powell, A A. Crime in Breconshire, 1733 - 1830. 1990

Redwood, Pamela. Life in Elizabethan Breconshire as portrayed in contemporary wills. Brycheiniog 24 (1990-92), p. 43-66

Scourfield , Elfyn . Welsh Rural Life in Photographs. Barry, 1979.

Williams, David H. A Breconshire Boyhood. London : L E M Williams, 1997. 36p


Societies

 

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