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"TALGARTH, a parish in the hundred of the same name, county Brecon, 7 miles S.W, of Hay, its post town, and 9 from Brecon. It has stations on the Mid Wales and Brecon and Merthyr railways. It is situated on the river Llyffin, under Pen-cader-fawr, among the Black mountains, and near the river Ennig. Talgarth is a borough by prescription, but without privilege or municipal jurisdiction. It was also a market town, and had a castle at Dinas Hill. ..." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Boyer, Lyn. Spotlight on Talgarth. Country Quest 27/10 (1987), p. 33-5

Cooke, David. Grant's guide to Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth and the Black Mountains. Hay-on-Wye : H.R. Grant & Son, [1981] 82p

First report of the Talgarth British School Committee, 1845-1846. Brecon : Anne Morgan, pr., [1846]. 8p

Ludlow, Neil. Excavations within Medieval Talgarth, Powys 1997-98. Brycheiniog 32 (2000), p. 11-48

New asylum at Talgarth. Hanes: newsletter of the Brecknock History Forum, No 10 (January 2003), 4-8.

Powell, Alan A. The Prosser family of Llyswen, Courtcoed, Glasbury and Genffordd, Talgarth : a triple connection. Cronicl Powys. No. 19 (1988), p. 45-8

Talgarth, December 10th, 1792 : At a meeting of several inhabitants of this parish held this day : It was resolved that it appears to this meeting, that at a time when in defiance of the King's late proclamation, doctrines are held, even in this part of the kingdom, so distant from the seat of government, which aim at its destruction : it becomes the inhabitants of this parish ... to declare their sentiments of attachment to it : Resolved that the inhabitants of this parish be requested to meet on Friday the 14th instant, at the Lion Inn Talgarth, at the hour of four in the afternoon : At a numerous meeting of the inhabitants ... held ... in consequence of the above advertisement ... it was unanimously resolved, that the thanks of this meeting be given to Mr. Evan Roberts, for the offer of his printing press, for the service of this association' - end of text. The meeting was chaired by Henry Allen. ... Trevecka : Printed [by Evan Roberts], 1792. An account of a loyalist meeting.

Williams, Roger G. Talgarth in photographs : jewel of the Black Mountains. Volume 1. Abertillery : Old Bakehouse Publications, 1995. 112p. and Vol 2 Abertillery : Old Bakehouse Publications, 1996. 112p


Church History

Church of St Gwendoline, Talgarth on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site.

ST GWENDOLINE'S CHURCH, TALGARTH - 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 1695-1957; Marriages 1695-1971; Burials 1695-1971; Banns 1823-1840, 1850-1914. 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.

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 from 1860-1991 (reference: BPS/T) have been deposited at Powys Archives


Description and Travel

Talgarth on BBC website.

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales  site

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

Places, villages, farms etc., in Talgarth 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)

  • Note: No boundaries are shown between divisions 86A, B, C, and D.
  • Talgarth Borough [86A] / Forest [86B] / Pwll-y-wrach [86C] / Trefecca [86D] / Grwyne-fechan [87] / Grwyne-fawr [88] - Blaenau, Blaenau-draw, Camp, Castell Dinas, Castle Green, Cefn, College Farm, Cwm-fforest, Cwm-ffrwd, Ddol-fawr, Dinas Well, Draen, Ffos-Rhys, The Forest, Garn Castell, Genffordd, Grafog, Gwern-y-fed, Gwrlodde, Heol-llygoden, Heol-y-cefn, Llanerch, Mental Hospital, Pant-teg, The Park, Pen-dre, Pen Drumau, Pen-y-bryn, Pen-y-genffordd, Pen-y-wern, Pen-yr-wyflod, Porthamel, Pwll-gwiber, Pwll-mawr, Pwll-y-wrach, Rhos, Rhyd-y-bont, Rifle Range, Sorgwm, Talgarth, Tredustan, Trefeca-fawr, Trefecca, Tregunter, Tre-Watkin, Troed-yr-harn, Twyn-ffrwd, Wern-fawr, Whitelow Farm, Whole House.
  • Grwyne-fechan [87] - Daren, Gader Fawr, Grwyne Fechan, Hermitage, Pen-tyle, Tal-y-maes, Tyle-du.
  • Grwyne-fawr [88] - Ffawydden, Ffordd-las, Llwyn-celyn, Pen-wyrlod.

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

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Historical Geography

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



Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales  site

  • An impressive wooden structure near Talgarth known as St Jacob's Ladder, pictured on a postcard sold locally in 1905.
  • Talgarth street nd 


The workforce engaged in cider making at the New Inn, Talgarth. Mr Davies, the landlord on the right of the woman in the picture. Mr Morgan, the cider maker on his right - on the People's Collection Wales  site