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"LLANWRTYD, a parish in the hundred of Builth, county Brecon, 10 miles S.W. of Builth, its post town, and 12 N.E. of Llandovery. This is a small watering-place, situated in rather a wild neighbourhood, on the river Irvon. The parish includes the hamlets of Clawdd Madog, and Llechweddor. Here is a spring containing sulphureous properties similar to those of Harrogate, called by the people Fynnon Ddrewllyd, or "the stinking well". Woollen goods are manufactured here. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage of Llangammarch, in the diocese of St. David's. The church is dedicated to St. David.  ... " [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



A guide to Llanwrtyd Wells, Llangammarch, &c : with a map of the district. Carnarvon : Rees and Evans, 1872. 80p

A pictorial and descriptive guide to Llandrindod Wells, Llangammarch Wells, Llanwrtyd Wells, Builth Wells and Central Wales : with medical notes : plan of Llandrindod Wells, map of the district, and six sketch maps illustrating walks. London : Ward, Lock and Co., [1920?]. 5th ed rev. 128 p

Ball, Geoffrey. The smallest town in Britain. [Llanwrtyd Wells]. The Lady 206 (1987), p. 612-13

Bradley, Arthur G. Llanwrtyd Wells and its neighborhood. London, P. Lund, Humpries & Co., Ltd., 1902. 62p

Davies, John H. Llanwrtyd Wells : a guide to walks. Llanwrtyd : Ty yr Athro, 1987. 50p

Four Welsh Spas : Llandrindod, Builth, Llangammarch, Llanwrtyd. London : London & North Western Railway official publications, 1909. 56p

Hinchcliffe, J B. 120 views of Builth Wells : Llandrindod Wells, Elan Valley Waterworks, Llanwrtyd Wells, Llangammarch Wells, Newbridge-on-Wye, Rhayader etc. Builth Wells : J.B. Hinchliffe, [1909] 36p. The Spa series History of Llanwrtyd Well. Carmarthen : Printed by David Evans, [18--?] 7p

Llandrindod Wells, Llanwrtyd Wells, Llangammarch Wells, Builth Wells and central Wales visitors' list : week ending Saturday, August 5th, 1911. Llandrindod Wells : Radnorshire Standard, 1911. 24p

Phillips, Ann M. John T. Evans 1849-1932 : Abernant, Llanwrtyd. Cronicl Powys. No. 59 (Aug. 2003), p. 12-14

The Welsh spa album : containing artistic views, in colour, of Llandrindood Wells, Llangammarch Wells, Llanwrtyd Wells, Builth wells, Rhayader & Elan Valley, &c.  Llandrindod Wells : W. Thomas, [1905?]


Church History

Church of St David, Llanwrtyd 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 1748-1986; Marriages 1748-1757, 1770-1971, St James 1896-1971; Burials 1748-1991 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

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

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales  site

You can see pictures of Llanwrtyd which are provided by:



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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llanwrtyd to another place.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanwrtyd has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Various items - on the People's Collection Wales  site

  • Llanwrtyd Wells c. 1905 
  • Esgair Moel, an 18th-century woollen mill, originally stood at Llanwrtyd, Breconshire, but was re-erected at the Welsh Folk Museum (now the Museum of Welsh Life), in the early 1950s

Social life and Customs

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales  site

  • Llanwrtyd Wells Carnival 
  • Photograph showing pony trekkers departing on Llandovery Road