"LLANSPYDDID, a parish in the hundred of Devynnock, county Brecon, 2 miles W. of Brecknock, its post town. It is situated on the Roman Via Julia Montana, and is watered by the river Usk. The parish includes the townships of Modrydd and Pen-Pont. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of St. David's, value £100. The parish church, dedicated to St. Cattwe, is surrounded by venerable yew-trees, one measuring 9 yards in circumference. In the churchyard is a tomb, traditionally said to be that of Brychan Breichiniog. There is also the district church of Bettws Pen-Pont, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £120, in the patronage of the landholders. The charities amount to about £7 per annum. There are remains of an ancient British camp, called Gaer."
"MODRYDD, a hamlet in the parish of Llanspyddid, hundred of Devynnock, county Brecon, 2 miles W. of Brecknock. It is situated on the river Tarrell, under the Brecknockshire Beacon, which attains an altitude of 2,862 feet."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of
Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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