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Llanfihangel Fechan

"LLANFIHANGEL-FECHAN, a chapelry in the parish of Llandefailog-Fach, hundred of Merthyr, county Brecon, 5 miles N. of Brecknock, its post town. It' is situated on the banks of the river Hhondu, across which there is a bridge. There are some good views here, especially from the site of the old British camp. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the rectory of Llandefailog-fach, in the diocese of St. David's. The church is dedicated to St. Michael, and contains monuments to the Powell family, of Castle-Madoc, by whom it was built." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Church History

A parish formed out of Llandyfaelog Fach parish.

Church of St Michael, Lower Chapel on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site:"Small church dedicated to St Michael and also known as Llanfihangel Fechan, set ......... on the east bank of the Honddu, 7 km north of Brecon. It was apparently established at the end of the 18thC, and consequently contains nothing of earlier date."

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 1819-1979; Marriages 1872-1971; Burials 1819-1981 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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Historical Geography

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