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Help and advice for Brecon

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"BRECON, (or Brecknock) comprising the two parishes of St. John the Evangelist and St. David, a market town, municipal and parliamentary borough, in the hundreds of Merthyr-Cynog, Penkelly, and Devynnock, in the county of Brecknock, South Wales, 171 miles to the W. of London. It is situated on the banks of the Usk, at the confluence of the Honddhu and Tarell with that river, and is the county town of Brecknockshire. It is a place of great antiquity, and is called by the Welsh, from its situation at the mouth of the Honddhu, Aberhonddhu. ..."[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Transcripts of 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911 censuses for Christ College School, Brecon - on John Ball's Welsh Family History Archive website.

Church Records

See the separate pages for these churches;

Court Records

Petty Sessions were first held in the nineteenth century, a minor court presided over by two or more justices or magistrates. Records include minute books, court registers, adoption registers, licensing and ledger accounts. There is a 75 year closure period for adoption records and 30 years for the rest. Petty Sessions Records from 1903-1994 (reference: BPS/BR) have been deposited at Powys Archives

Description and Travel

Family Search have an interactive map called "England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851" showing parish (and other) boundaries with optional background maps such as Ordnance Survey. There is also a Search facility, do read the guidance notes to get maximum benefit from this useful resource. See here for further background information to assist in the interpretation of this data

Places, villages, farms etc. within/adjacent to the town of 'Brecon' 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). NB - both these sections are described as Extra-parochial in the source gazetteer.

  • Castle Inn [49] - No names included
  • Christ College [50] - College

Brecon Beacons National Park Online Guide

Wales Calling site - Brecon Beacons

Brecon Castle on the Castle Wales site

Monmouthshire Brecon and Abergavenny Canal Trust

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The transcription of the section for Brecon from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brecon has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Christ College, Brecon

Christ College, Brecon - Transcripts of 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911 censuses on John Ball's Welsh Family History Archive website.