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"HAY, a parish and market town in the hundred of Talgarth, county Brecon, South Wales, 15 miles N.E. of Brecknock, and 156 from London. A tram railway of about 30 miles runs from Brecon through Hay to Kington. The town, which is called Tregella by the Welsh, occupies a beautiful spot on the river Wye, near the English border. It consists of the High-street, with an avenue running at right angles to it. Hay is a borough by prescription, but now enjoys none of its ancient privileges.  ..." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



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.


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

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

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., 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.

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

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Historical Geography

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