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"YSTRADVELLTEY, a parish in the hundred of Devynnock, county Brecon, 15 miles S.W. of Brecknock. The parish, which is divided into Upper and Lower, contains Pont-neath-Vaughan, and is situated on the Roman way Via Julia Montana, which is joined about 3 miles from the village by the Sarn Helen way, leading from the Vale of Neath to the Gaer, near Brecon. The Mellte, Hepste, and Purthen falls are visited from this place, and near the church a branch of the river Mellte disappears and flows underground as far as Porth-yr-Ogof, where the river again emerges through a cavern lined with calcareous spar, about 40 feet high, 20 wide, and 1,800 in length. The living is a curacy united with that of Devynnock. The charities produce about £50 per annum."[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Selwood, Nansi. 'Enwau caeau ym mhlwyfi Penderyn ac Ystradfellte' Llafar Gwlad 11 (1986), p. 9

Williams, Hywel. Eglwys Annibynnol Hermon, Ystradfellte : braslun o hanes yr eglwys am ganrif a hanner, 1798-1948. Glyn Nedd : argraffwyd gan Tom Lewis a'i Feibion, 1948. 33p



Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Ystradfellte parish 1841-1901


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ystradfellte area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

Church of St Mary, Ystradfellte 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 1759-1959 Marriages 1754-1971; Banns 1754-1823; Burials 1759-1811, 1815-82. Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, Glamorgan Archives, West Glamorgan Archives, and/or Cardiff Central Library. Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW.

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

Places, villages, farms, etc., in Ystradfellte 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)

  • Ystradfellte - Fforest-fawr [71A] - Maes-y-gawnen
  • Ystradfellte [71B] - Aber-Llia, Berth-lwyd, Blaen-Dringarth, Blaen Hepste, Blaen-Nedd-isaf, Bronwydd, Carn-y-crochan, Castell Coch, Cilhepste-coed, Coed-y-gareg, Commin y Rhos, Corsllwyn-du, Cwm Gored, Cwm-porth, Dysgwylfa, Gareg-fawr, Glan-yr-afon, Glyn-gwyn, Glyn Neath Mills, Gwaen Bryn-bwch, Hendre-ffydd, Heol-rhedyn, Mellte Castle, Pen-common, Pen-fathor, Pen-llwyn-einon, Plas-y-daren, Pont-melin-fach, Pont Rhyd-y-cnau, Porth-yr-ogof, Pwll-Du, Pwll-y-Rhyd, Rocking Stone, Sarn Helen, Scwd Eira, Tir-duweunydd, Ton-y-ffildre, Ty-canol, Tyle, Ty-mawr, Ystradfellte

Ystradfellte Falls - photo gallery.

Engraving of Craig-y-Dinas, near Ystradfellte, 1830 - on the People's Collection Wales  site

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales  site

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Historical Geography

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 Clog making at Ystradfellte, 1920-3 - on the People's Collection Wales  site