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"CANTREF, a parish in the hundred of Penkelly, in the county of Brecknock, South Wales, 3 miles to the S. of Brecknock, its post town. It lies in a mountainous district, at the foot of the Brecknock Beacons, on a small stream which runs northward to the river Usk. Its ancient name was Cynnedd. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. David's, in the patronage of the Rev. T. Powell, incumbent. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is situated on a wooded hill by the river, and the churchyard commands a fine view. The parish is of large extent, comprising about 20,000 acres, and includes the district parish of Nantddu, which has its own church. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £60, in the gift of the vicar." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


St Mary, Cantref

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Church History

Church of St Mary, Cantref on the Brecknockshire Church 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 1779-1991; Marriages 1754-1811, 1815-1837, 1839-1971; Burials 1784-1811, 1813-1992 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

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Places, villages, farms etc., within Cantref 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)

  • Notes:1. There are three different places named Neuadd in this parish.2. No boundary is shown between divisions 52A and 52B.
  • Cantref / Nant-ddu [52A / 52B] - Bailea, Berllan, Cantref, Cantref Reservoir, Croftau, Cwm Cynwyn, Gwaun Crew, Hom-las, Neuadd [x3], Pen-cae-Madog, Plas-y-gaer, Pont-bren-gareg, Tir-mawr

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Historical Geography

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