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Merthyr Cynog

"MERTHYR-CYNOG, a parish in the hundred of Merthyr-Cynog, county Brecon, 8 miles from Brecon, its post town. It is situated on the river Honddhu, a branch of the river Usk, among the mountains. The parish contains the chapelry of Dyffrin Honddu, and the hamlets of Yscir-Vawr and Vechan. ..." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Church History

Church of St Cynog, Merthyr Cynog on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site

Upper Chapel Church on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site.

ST CYNOG'S CHURCH, MERTHYR CYNOG - 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 1813-1981; Marriages 1756-1766, 1777-1800, 1803-1971; Burials 1813-1951; Banns 1803-1979. 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.

Dyffryn Honddu (Upper Chapel) - A parish formed out of Merthyr Cynog parish.

  • Baptisms 1825-44; Marriages 1826-1832, 1855-1971 (NLW and/or Powys Archives)

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 for Merthyr and Pencelli from 1935-1974 (reference: BPS/MP) have been deposited at Powys Archives


Description and Travel

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

The Village of Merthyr Cynog by Brian Wagstaffe

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales  site

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

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Historical Geography

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



Harvest helpers near Merthyr Cynog, Breconshire, 1890s - on the People's Collection Wales  site