"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]
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