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Brecon, St David

"ST. DAVID'S, (or Llanvaes) a parish in the hundred of Devynnock, union of Brecon, in the county of Brecon, South Wales. It is situated 1 mile from Brecon, where the river Tarrell joins the river Usk. The parish is in two divisions: the upper being is the hundreds of Devynnock and Penkelly, the lower in the hundred of Merthyr. The part called Llanvaes is a suburb of Brecon, separated only from it by the river Usk. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. David's, in the patronage of the Archdeacon of Brecon." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Church History

Church of St David, Llanfaes 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 1730-1763, 1768-1944; Marriages 1730-1971; Burials 1730-1763, 1768-1969; Banns 1823-1851, 1904-1965 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

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 Brecon St David 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)

  • Lower Division / Upper Division [51A / 51B] - Aber-Gwdi, Baili-helyg, Cefn-Cantref, Cwm-Gwdi, Dinas, Ffrwdgrech, Glan-Gwdi, The Held, Heol-fanog, Hospital, Llanfaes, P. A. Institution, Pont-Rhyd-goch, Rifle Range, Wenallt

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

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