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"BRYNLLYS, (or Broynllis), a parish in the hundred of Talgarth, in the county of Brecon, South Wales, 7 miles to the N.E. of Brecknock. It is situated to the S. of the river Wye. In this parish are the remains of a castle, which was founded soon after the Norman Conquest, and was held at one time by the Cliffords, and afterwards by the Bohuns. It was partly destroyed by fire in the 12th century. A round tower still remains. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. David's, value £174, in the gift of W. D. Wilkins, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The charities produce about £7 a year. Pont-y-wal is the chief residence."[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Hearn, R. Bronllys : the malthouse. Llandrindod Wells : Powys County Council, 1978.

Smith, J Beverley. Bronllys Castle. Cardiff : H.M.S.O., 1981. 31p.



Census figures for Bronllys parish, 1841-1901 - on the Victorian Powys for Schools site.


Church History

Church of St Mary, Bronllys - on Brecknockshire Churches Survey site.

Photograph and history of St Mary's Church on John Ball's Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection webpages.


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 1813-1992; Marriages 1755-1971; Burials 1813-1939. 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

Bronllys Castle - on the Castle Wales site.

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., in Bronllys 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)

  • Bronllys [5] - Bradwys, Bronllys, Bryn-du, Coldbrook, Lower Porthamal, Marish, Pont Trephilip, Pont-y-wal, Sanatorium, Trephilip, Trevithel.

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Historical Geography

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