Downtime: The Genuki web service will be unavailable on Tues 24 Apr from 10:00 BST for approximately two hours whilst some software updates are installed.

Open a form to report problems or contribute information

1 Introduction 2 Message details 3 Upload file 4 Submitted

Help and advice for Builth

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it.


"BUILTH, (or Llanvair-yn-muallt), a parish and market town in the hundred of Builth, in the county of Brecknock, South Wales, 14 miles to the N. of Brecknock, and 172 miles from London. It is situated on the W. bank of the river Wye, which here separates the counties of Radnor and Brecknock, and is crossed by a stone bridge of six arches, built in 1779. The Welsh name for this place is Llanvair-yn-Muallt. It was the site of a castle, erected probably by the Normans soon after the Conquest. ... " [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



A pictorial and descriptive guide to Llandrindod Wells, Llangammarch Wells, Llanwrtyd Wells, Builth Wells and Central Wales : with medical notes : plan of Llandrindod Wells, map of the district, and six sketch maps illustrating walks. London : Ward, Lock and Co., [1920?].

Ashton, Owen R. A short history of Builth Wells from Medieval to Modern times. [Builth] : printed by T. Edward Turner, 1974.

Bidgood, Ruth. Lawrence families of the Builth and Llanelwedd area in the 18th and 19th centuries. Transactions of the Radnorshire Society 59 (1989), p. 90-115

Davies, David P. Builth Wells and its vicinity. Builth Wells, C. Sirett, 1867. 136p

Davies, Gwen. Builth Cottage Hospital : a centenary history 1897-1997. Builth Wells : [Gwen Davies] 1997. 134p

Hinchcliffe, J B. 120 views of Builth Wells : Llandrindod Wells, Elan Valley Waterworks, Llanwrtyd Wells, Llangammarch Wells, Newbridge-on-Wye, Rhayader etc. Builth Wells : J.B. Hinchliffe, [1909] 36p

Hughes, Colin P F. Builth Wells High School : a centenary history 1896 - 1996. Builth Wells : Builth Wells High School, 1996. 186p

Hughes, Colin P F. Builth County School : school and community. Education for Development 10/1 (1986), p. 79-89

Hughes, Colin P F. Intermediate education in north Breconshire : the establishment of Builth County School. Brycheiniog 26 (1993-94), p. 135-52

Morrison, Malcolm. Pictorial history of Builth Wells. [s.l.] : M J Morrison, c1989. 96p

Pugh, Margaret. History of Horeb Congregational Church, Builth Wells, 1808-1988. [Builth Wells] : Horeb Congregational Church, Builth Wells, [1988]

Sinclair, J B. Towns and villages of Wales : Builth Wells. Stroud : Alan Sutton, 1993. 83p

Spurgeon, Clifford J. Builth Castle. Llandrindod Wells : Powys County Council, 1982

The Welsh spa album : containing artistic views, in colour, of Llandrindood Wells, Llangammarch Wells, Llanwrtyd Wells, Builth Wells, Rhayader, Elan Valley, &c. Llandrindod Wells : W. Thomas, [1905?]


Church History

Church of St Mary, Builth Wells 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 1681-1730, 1750-1765, 1767-1976; Marriages 1681-1730, 1750-1765, 1770-1987; Burials 1681-1730, 1750-1765, 1767-1867, 1869, 1873-1874, 1879-1981; Banns 1877-1979 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.

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 1911-1991 (reference: BQS/BU) 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

Builth Castle on the Castle Wales site

Builth Wells - on the BBC site

Map of Builth in 1836 Victorian Powys for Schools site - Transport theme

Victorian Builth and the Wye Valley Victorian Powys for Schools site

You can see pictures of Builth which are provided by:



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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Builth to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

The Workhouse - The Wales/Breconshire section of Peter Higginbotham's comprehensive account of British workhouses includes a description of the Builth Poor Law Union, together with a list of staff and inmates residing at Builth Union Workhouse, extracted from the 1881 census.