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"From the entry for Llanigon parish - In the "hamlet of Glynvich is a chapel, called Capel-y-Vin, or the chapel of the boundary, which has been rebuilt within the last few years;..."  [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

A parish formed out of Llanigon parish, extant records suggest in 1821 or earlier



Clew, Kenneth R. Hay on Wye, Llanigon & Capel-y-Ffin, Powys : a brief guide. Capel y Ffin : [Capel y Ffin Church], 1982. one folded sheet.

Luff, Stanley G A. The monastery at Capel-y-ffin : a history and guide. [Swansea?] : Published on behalf of The Father Ignatius Memorial Trust, [1991] 12p

Miles, Jonathan. Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin. Bridgend : Seren, 1992. 172p


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Church History

Church of St Mary, Capel y Ffin on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site.

The Monastery and Abbey Church at Capel-y-ffin, c. 1890 - on the People's Collection Wales  site


Church Records

A parish formed out of Llanigon parish. Marriage register discontinued in 1907 when it was realised the chapel had never been licensed for the solemnization of marriages.

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 1821-1992; Marriages 1845-1907; Burials 1821-1992 Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW and/or Powys Archives. Bishops Transcripts - see Llanigon parish

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

Walks from Capel y Ffin Hostel including Hay Bluff and Twmpa and Llanthony Abbey, with sketch map of the area - on Walking Britain site.

Picture gallery of Capel y Ffin on the Walk Wales site.

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Historical Geography

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



Monks Haymaking in the meadow below the Monastery at Capel-y-ffin, c. 1905 - on the People's Collection Wales  site