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Brecon, St John

"VENNY VACH, a hamlet in the parish of Brecon St. John the Evangelist, hundred of Merthyr, county Brecon. It is situated near Brecknock, under Caer Bannau and Pen-y-Crug camps.[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



A short account of the church of St John the Evangelist : or the Holy Rood at Brecon. London : printed by D. C. Dallas, 1887. 68p

Bacon, Olive L. Masons' marks in Brecon Cathedral. Brycheiniog 25 (1993), p. 27-9

Brecon Cathedral. The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist, Brecon. 1984?, 16p

Brown, Roger L. 'One of the most remarkable men of his time': Richard Davies, Archdeacon of Brecon, 1777-1859. Brycheiniog, 34 (2002), 119-131

Gwynne-Jones, D M. Brecon Cathedral, c.1093-1537 : the church of the Holy Rood. Brycheiniog 24 (1990-92), p. 23-37

Notes on the churchyard at St John the Evangelist (Brecon Cathedral). Cronicl Powys, No. 34 (April 1995), 41-33.

The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist, Brecon : an architectural study. Brecon : Friends of Brecon Cathedral, 1994. 88p

Walker, Margaret S. The priory church of St. John the Evangelist, Brecon 1782-1808. Brycheiniog 28 (1995-6), p. 105-26


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 1727-1939; Marriages 1727-1982; Burials 1727-1963; Banns 1787-1823, 1870-1956, 1983-1988 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 John 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)

  • Upper Division [47] - Crug, Ffynnonau, The Forge, Gludy, Maen-du Well, Penlan, Pennant, Roman Road, Slwch Farm, Slwch Camp
  • Venny-fach [48] - Cradoc, Fenni-fach, Gwenffrwd, Maen y Morwynion, Pen y Crug (Camp), Pont-ar-Yscir, Pont Gwilym, Pool, Roman Road, Y Gaer

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