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"BATTLE, a parish in the hundred of Merthyr, in the county of Brecknock, South Wales, 3 miles to the W. of Brecknock. It is situated in a district of great beauty, near the junction of the river Yschir with the Usk. This place once belonged to the priory of Brecknock, which was made a cell to Battle abbey, in Sussex. Its name is most probably explained by this circumstance. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of St. David's, value £73, in the patronage of Browne's Trustees. The church is dedicated to St. Cynog, and stands on high ground by the Yschir, commanding a fine view. Penoyre, a modern mansion, in the midst of beautiful grounds, overlooking magnificent scenery, is the seat of J. Watkins, Esq." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


St Cynog, Battle

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Church History

Church of St Cynog, Battle - on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site


Church Records

Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given under Breconshire Parish Registers on the Powys Archives website

As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

  • Baptisms 1720-1991; Marriages 1720-1750, 1754-1812, 1838-1971; Burials 1778-1992 Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW and/or Powys Archives. Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW.

Description and Travel

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Places, villages, farms etc., within Battle parish as shown on the parish map on the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by John Ball)

  • Battle [58] - Battle, Battle (A.D. 1092), Battle End, Battle-fawr, Coedygenau, Penoyre

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Historical Geography

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