"LLANELIEU, a parish in the hundred of Talgarth, county Brecon, 5 miles S.W. of Hay, its post town, and 7 N.E. of Brecknock. It is situated at the foot of the Cradle Mountain. The surrounding scenery is somewhat of a gloomy cast. The village consists of a few scattered houses. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. David's, value £90. The church is dedicated to St. Ellyw. This parish shares in a fund left by Mr. Rice Powell for apprenticing children. An ancient flint spear head and other remains have been found here. There are several old seats, for the most part converted into farms." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


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Church History

Church of St Ellyw, Llanelieu on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site.

Llanelieu Church interior - on the People's Collection Wales  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 1813-1964; Marriages 1754-1811, 1814-1836, 1838-1971; Burials 1813-1943. 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 Llanelieu 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)

  • Llanelieu [89] - Commin Bychan, Cwm Rhyd Eilywe, Ffostyll, Grwyne Fawr, Llanelieu, Reservoir, Rhos Fach, Rhos Fawr, Sychnant, Upper Cwm-cadarn, Wern Frank, Wern-lwyd, Y Das.

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Historical Geography

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