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Robert ap Steffan. A building for all seasons : exploring a hidden corner of Y Gelli / Hay-on Wye. Cambria 3/1 (Autumn 1999), p. 55-6.

Cooke, David. Grant's guide to Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth and the Black Mountains. Hay-on-Wye : H.R. Grant & Son, [1981] 82p.

Fairs, Geoffrey Lowrie. Annals of a parish : a short history of Hay-on-Wye. Hay-on-Wye : Geoffrey L. Fairs, 1994. 108p.

Fairs, Geoffrey Lowrie. A history of the Hay : the story of Hay-on-Wye. Chichester : Phillimore, 1972. 356p.

Gowen, Keith. Where can I find Mrs Gaskell? : (Diary of a Hay-on-Wye bookseller). Llandysul : Gomer, 1985. 67p.

Hay-on-Wye districts, the official guide. Cheltenham : Burrow, [1973] 44p.

Lewes, Fred. The Brook Estate or Glanyravon, Hay-on-Wye. Cronicl Powys. No. 49 (2000), p. 17-18.

Morris, Jacqueline. Hay-on-Wye : local economy in the 19th century. Brycheiniog 22 (1986/87), p. 112-19.

Nobody had heard of Hay : the Hay-on-Wye book that celebrates the Millennium. Almeley : Logaston Press, 2002. 105p.

Remfrey, Paul M. Hay-on-Wye Castle, 1066 to 1298. Worcester : SCS, c1995. 27p.

Remfrey, Paul; M. Hay-on-Wye Castle : a short guide. Worcester : SCS, 1995. 20p.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Hay area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Church of St Mary, Hay-on-Wye on 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 1688-1895; Marriages 1688-1971; Burials 1688-1991; Banns 1841-1949. Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, SOG 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 1859-1974 (reference: BPS/H) have been deposited at Powys Archives

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Hay which are provided by:

Welcome to Hay-on-Wye

Hay-on-Wye Bookshops site

Hay Castle on the Castle Wales site

Hay-on-Wye Motte on the Castle Wales site

Places, villages, farms etc., within Hay 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)

  • Note: No boundaries are shown between divisions 92A and 92B.
  • Hay (Y Gelli Gandryll) [92A /92B] - Golf Course, Hay, Llangwathan, Lower Tack, New Forest, Oakfield, Sheephouse, The Warren.


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


Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO226421 (Lat/Lon: 52.071800, -3.130692), Hay which are provided by: