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"LLANTHEW, a parish in the hundreds of Merthyr and Penkelly, county Brecon, 1 mile N.E. of Brecknock, its post town. The parish is watered by the river Honddu, The bishops of St. David formerly had a palace here, and it is said Archbishop Baldwin and Giraldus made a short stay here in 1188. The living is a perpetual cur: in the diocese of St. David's, value £89, in the patronage of the Archdeacon of Brecon. The church, dedicated to St. David, is an ancient cruciform structure." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


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Church History

Church of St David, Llanddew 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 1813-1991; Marriages 1813-1971; Burials 1813-1991 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.

Description and Travel

The south west view of Llanthew Castle, in the county of Brecknock - on the People's Collection Wales site

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    Historical Geography

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    Collecting water at the village pump in Llanddew near Brecon, c. 1900 - on the People's Collection Wales  site


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc., within Llan-ddew 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)

    • Llanddew [44] - Alexanderstone, Gelli-geilioges, Gwar-y-cae, Llanddew, Oaklands, Pen-isa'r-waen, Pen-twyn, Pen-waen-isaf, Pytin-du, Rach-fynydd, Standel, Troed-yr-harn, Warle, Wern