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Brecon, St Mary

"The living of St. Mary's is a perpetual curacy annexed to the vicarage of St. John's. The church, which was rebuilt in the 16th century, is a handsome structure, chiefly in the perpendicular style, but with some vestiges of Norman architecture. It stands in the middle of the town, and has a square tower about 90 feet high."[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Church History

Church of St Mary, Brecon on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey website

St Mary's Church, Brecon in the Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection on John Ball's website.

Brecon, St Mary's Church - on the People's Collection Wales  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 1684-1958; Marriages 1684-1976; Burials 1684-6, 1693 (see St John's for later); Banns 1883-1971 Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, the Soc Gen 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 Mary 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)

  • St Mary [46] - Barracks, Brecon, Brynich, Hospital(NB - St Mary's is shown as a chapelry to St John's on the source gazetteer).

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