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Merthyr Cynog


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Merthyr Cynog area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

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

Upper Chapel Church on the 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 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

The Village of Merthyr Cynog by Brian Wagstaffe

You can see pictures of Merthyr Cynog which are provided by:


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

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.


Victorian Powys for schools site - Map of Merthyr Cynog in 1840, and 1887

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN985375 (Lat/Lon: 52.026560, -3.480831), Merthyr Cynog which are provided by: