Glasbury (Y Clas-ar-wy)


"GLASBURY, a parish partly in the hundred of Talgarth, county Brecon, and partly in that of Painscastle, county Radnor, South Wales, 4 miles S.W. of Hay, its post town, and 5 N.E. of Talgarth. The parish includes the hamlets of Pipton, Tregoed, and Velindre. The river Wye flows through the village, which is situated in a fine spot. Aberllunfi is a parish of itself, but its church has been suffered to go to ruin, and the chancel of Glasbury church has been given for the accommodation of the Aberllunfi people. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. David's,  ... " [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

"Glasbury parish is divided between Radnorshire and Brecknockshire ; before October 1844 the whole parish was in Radnorshire" ( 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.).


The part of Glasbury parish which was in Radnorshire is on the north side of the River Wye



Dawson, M L. Notes on the history of Glasbury. London : Bedford Press, 1918. 71p.

Hawkins, A Raymond. The Vaughan-Morgans of Glasbury : their tribulations and triumphs. Brecknock : Brecknock Museum Publication, [19--?] 16p.

Howse, W H          Notes on the history of Glasbury            Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 18 1948         Welsh Journals Online

Newbound, Pauline. "The Hughes family of Glasbury" Cronicl Powys, No. 44 (August 1998), 21-23.

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

Silvester, R J & R Hankinson        Clas, church and village at Glasbury          Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 73 2003    Welsh Journals Online

Sylvester, Dorothy      Glasbury, Norton, and the problem of the nucleated village in Radnorshire       Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 37  1967      Welsh Journals Online

The registers of Glasbury, Breconshire. 1660-1836. London : Priv. print. for the Parish register society, 1904 [1905] 366p.


Church History

Rees, Thomas & John Thomas Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). The Maesyronen and Glasbury sections (in Welsh) have been extracted - with translation by Maureen Saycell (June 2009)

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales  site

  • Maesyronnen Congregational Chapel, Glasbury 
  • St. Peter's church, Glasbury

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 1660-1955; Marriages 1660-1976; Burials 1660-1929; Banns 1823-1940. 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.

The Radnorshire part of this parish has been served since 1882 by the church of All Saints; its extant records are;

  • Baptisms 1882-1989; Marriages 1883-1971. No separate burials register (NLW and/or Powys Archives).

Description and Travel

The Middle Wye - Glasbury on the Historic Landscape Characterisation site.

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

Maesllwch Castle, Glasbury - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Glasbury (Y Clas-ar-wy) which are provided by:



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


    Historical Geography

    You can see the administrative areas in which Glasbury (Y Clas-ar-wy) has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



    Glasbury bridge on the River Wye, 1797 - on the People's Collection Wales  site



    Victorian Powys for schools site - Map of Glasbury in 1887

    Map of the parish of Glasbury in the Counties of Brecon and Radnor. 1844. Edward Fowke, Glanhenwye, Glasbury, valuer. James Williams, Pontithel, Aberllynfi, Breconshire, valuer. Second class map. Voluntary agreement. Commutation dated 28.10.1841. Shows waterbodies, houses, woods, and a few fences. Apportionment omits some field names. 9216 acres commuted. Apportionment by holding. Land use details and field-names given in apportionment schedule. Tithe rent charge £870 (£470 Vicar; £400 Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol).

    Map of the parish of Glasbury in the Counties of Brecon and Radnor - 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

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO191373 (Lat/Lon: 52.028229, -3.180714), Glasbury (Y Clas-ar-wy) which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc., within Glasbury 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)

    • Glasbury [1] - Heol-y-gaer.
    • Pipton [2] - Boxbush, Dderw, Mound, Pentre-Sollars, Pipton, Porth y morddwy.
    • Tregoyd and Velindre [3] - The Allt, Allt Wood, Blaen Bwch, Blaen-y-cwm-isaf, Blaenau, Bryn-ddwy-nant, Felindre, Neuadd, New Court, Pen-twyn, Pen-y-cwm, Pen-yr-heol, Rhiw Wen, Tregoyd, Tregoyd Common, Tyle-glas, Wern Iago.
    • Glasbury [62 (in Radnorshire)] - Bryn-sifiog, Cilkenny Dingle, Cil-twrch Common, Coed-y-Marchog, Cwm-bach, Ffynnon Gynydd Common, Glasbury, Glasbury Fm, Little Mountain, Llach-dolt, Maesllwch Castle, Maes-yr-onen, Mandach, Pentre Iago, Scynlas, Tyle-mawr, Wern Dover, Woodlands.