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"TRETOWER, a parcel in the parish of Llanfihangel-Cwmdu, hundred of Crickhowell, county Brecon, 3 miles from Crickhowell, its post town, and 9 from Talgarth. It is situated on the Rhiangoll, a branch of the river Usk. In the vicinity are Gaer Camp, on the Via Julia, the Vaughans' old seat, and a ruined castle. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of St. David, value £64. The church is dedicated to St. John the Evangelist." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Davies, Roy G. The house with a soul : records of the Parrys of Tretower Court. Bristol : Tockington, c2002. 137p

Humphreys, D W. A Vaughan tombstone at Tretower Court. Brycheiniog 27 (1994-95), p. 65-8

Radford, C A Ralegh. Tretower Court and castle. Cardiff : Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1985. 28p,  Rev ed. First published : Cardiff, H.M.S.O., 1969.

Robinson, David. Llys Tretwr : diosg y blynyddoedd. Etifeddiaeth y Cymro. 1 (Gwanwyn 1995), p. 20-22

The Picards or Pychards of Stradewy (now Tretower) Castle, and Scethrog, Brecknockshire, Ocle Pichard, Almaly, Staunton-on-Wye, Over Letton, Merston, Bredwardine, Hopton Hagurnel in Great Cowarne, Bishop's Stanford, Cradley, Pengethley, etc., Herefordshire, Sapey Pichard, and Suckley, Worcestershire : with some account of the family of Sapy, of Upper Sapey, Herefordshire. London : Golding and Lawrence, 1878. 183p


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Church History

St John the Evangelist Church, Tretower on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site.


Church Records

Formed out of Llanfihangel Cwm-du. PR include CB at Glanusk's private chapel, Penmeiarth.

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 1813-1992 Marriages - ; Burials 1813-1992. (Marriages 1877- with incumbent) Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW and/or Powys Archives. Bishops Transcripts - see Llanfihangel Cwm-du parish.

Description and Travel

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Tretower Castle - on the People's Collection Wales  site

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Historical Geography

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This noble survey taken of the seignoye of Chrughoel & Tretowre - Johnson, Robert fl. 1587-1611 - on the People's Collection Wales  site