A Brecknockshire Bibliography

Biography Military History
Church History Names, Geographical
Church Records Occupations
Court Records Politics and Government
Description and Travel Religion and Religious Life
History Schools
Land and Property Social Life and Customs
Language and languages  


  • DAVIES, Dewi (1970) Some interesting people of Breconshire.
  • MORGAN, Gwenllian E. F. (1905) Biography of Mr. Theophilus Jones, printed by E. Davies.
  • THOMAS, W. S. K. (1994) Footprints in the Sand: Brecknock Notabilities, Gomer Press, Llandysul

Church History

  • Dawson, Gerard Finch. The churches of Brecknockshire. Swansea : A.R. Way, 1909. 239p
  • Eisel, John C. The church bells of Breconshire : their inscriptions and founders. Almeley : Logaston Press, 2002. 142p ISBN 1-873827-23-7
  • Evans, John Thomas. The church plate of Breconshire. : With the Chantry certificates relating the the County of Brecon by the Commissioners of 2 Edward VI (1548)...and appendix on the saints of Breconshire, by the Rev. A.W. Wade-Evans... Stow-on-the-Wold : J. H. Alden, 1912. 160p
  • Gregory, Donald. The three parsons of Radnorshire (Lloyd, David, d.1838. Rees, William Jenkins, d.1855. Price, John, 1810?-1895, of Paincastle.). Country Quest 26/8 (1986), p. 39-40
  • LEWIS, Michael R. (1992) From Darkness to Light - The Catholics of Breconshire 1536-1851, Old Bakehouse Publications, Abertillery. ISBN 0-9512181-2-3
  • SALTER, Mike (2003) The Old Parish Churches of Mid-Wales, Folly Publications, Malvern. ISBN 1-871731-62-3

Church Records

  • Ifans, Dafydd [ed]. Cofrestri Anghydffurfiol Cymru/ Nonconformist Registers of Wales. Aberystwyth, 1994. This book includes Ordnance Survey references for listed chapels.
  • Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales.   Cardiff, 1976.
  • Jones, Nansi C. Archdeaconry of Brecon probate records. Aberystwyth : National Library of Wales, 1989. 223p
  • MacDonald, R W. The Parish Registers of Wales, National Library of Wales journal. 1976, Winter. Volume XIX/4
  • Williams, C.J. and Watts-Williams, J. Cofrestri Plwyf Cymru: Parish Registers of Wales (National Index of Parish Registers, Vol. 13).Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales, Second edition, 2000.

Court Records

  • Rules and standing orders for regulating the practice of the Court of Quarter Sessions of the County of Brecknockshire : revised Easter 1884. Brecknock, printed by Edwin Poole, 1884; 96pp.

Description and Travel

  • Barber, Chris, Exploring the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and waterfall country : a walker's guide. Bristol : Regional Publications (Bristol) Ltd, 1985. 96p
  • Baker-Gabb, Richard. Hills and vales of the Black Mountain district : on the borders of Brecon, Monmouth and Hereford. Llangrove, Ross-on-Wye : T. Pridgeon, 1976. 81p
  • Barrie, D S. The Brecon & Merthyr Railway, Oakwood Press, 1980; ISBN085361-087-8 (first published 1957) An index of personal names mentioned in the book is available here.
  • Bissel, A F., In the steps of John Ogilby : some old roads of Monmouthshire and Brecknockshire. Abergavenny : Derek Bissell, 2001.
  • BOWEN, Elwyn (1992) Vaynor - A Study of the Welsh Countryside, Foxgate Ltd, Merthyr Tydfil. ISBN 0-951-37062-6
  • Breconshire (Sir Frycheiniog) official county guide. Gloucester : British Publishing Co., 1973. 80p
  • Breconshire County Council. Breconshire : statistics prepared by order of the County Council, April, 1893. Brecon : Printed by Edwin Davies, 1893. 71p
  • BUILTH WELLS & DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY (2009) Photographs of Old Builth Wells, Builth Wells & District Heritage Society. ISBN 978-0-9515114-3-5
  • Burgess, John. Radnorshire, Montgomeryshire and Breconshire: a guide. Carlisle : John Burgess, 2000. 57p
  • Children, George. The prehistoric sites of Breconshire : ideology, power and monument symbolism. Almeley : Logaston Press, 2001. 182p
  • Davies, Dewi. Bridges of Breconshire. [Capel Bangor, Aberystwyth] : Dewi Davies, 1992. 70p
  • Evans, Christopher J. Breconshire. Cambridge : University press, 1912.
  • Evans, Gwyn. Views of old Brecknockshire. Brecon : [Gwyn Evans], c1983. 47p
  • Haynes, Kenneth. Here and there on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal : a sketch-book. Newport, Gwent : Starling Press, 1990. 72p
  • HUGHES, Stephen (1990) The Brecon Forest Tramroads, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Aberystwyth. ISBN 1-871184-05-3
  • Jones, James R. Pryse's handbook to the Breconshire and Radnorshire mineral springs: with notes and excerpts illustrating the history, antiquities, and topography of many of the surrounding towns and villages. Llanidloes : Pryse, [1859]. 147p
  • KAIN, Roger J. P., and OLIVER, Richard R. (2001) Historic Parishes of England & Wales, History Data Service, University of Essex, Colchester. ISBN 0-9540032-0-9
  • Mason, Edmund J. Portrait of the Brecon Beacons and surrounding areas. London : Hale, 1975. 224p
  • Morgan, David R. The hillforts of Breconshire. Breconshire Naturalist 41 (1985), p. 15-18
  • Morgan, David R. The Neolithic tombs of east Breconshire. Breconshire Naturalist 45 (1987), p. 17-21
  • NORRIS, John (2007) The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, John Norris, Hurstpierpoint. ISBN 0-9517991-4-2
  • Rees, Thomas. A topographical and historical description of South Wales... / Brecknockshire. London : [S.N.], 1815. The Beauties of England and Wales
  • Remfrey, Paul M. Castles of Breconshire. Herefordshire : Logaston Press, 1999. 196p
  • Tallis's Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales, published 1860  - Brecknockshire f
  • The Romans in Breconshire and Radnorshire : a field guide. Borth : Atelier Productions, 1995. 96p
  • THOMAS, W. S. K. (1993) Georgian and Victorian Brecon, Gomer Press, Llandysul. ISBN 0-86383-998-3
  • Victorian and Edwardian Wales from old photographs. Introduction and commentary by E D Jones. Batsford 1972.
  • History

  • An Address Presented to William Rees by the Brecknock Society: the Medieval Lordship of Brecon: (1) Political History; (2) Social and Economic History.
  • BRYCHEINIOG: The Journal of the Brecknock Society, published annually by the Brecknock Society and Museum Friends, Brecon.
  • DAVIES, Dewi (1977) Brecknock Historian, D. G. & A. S. Evans, Brecon. (No ISBN)
  • DAVIES, Dewi (undated) Law and Disorder in Breconshire 1750-1880, D. G. & A. S. Evans, Brecon. (No ISBN)
  • GOODALL, Peter J. R. (2006) Ring the Bell in the Gaols of Brecon, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst. ISBN 1-84527-027-4
  • JONES, Theophilus (1805-09 & 1909-1930) A History of the County of Brecknock, (centenary 'Glanusk' edition in 4 vols) Blissett, Davies & Co. and the Brecknock Society, Brecon. (No ISBN)
  • Lloyd, John E Sir. Historical memoranda of Breconshire : a collection of papers from various sources relating to the history of the County. Brecon : Printed by E. Owen, 1903-04. 2nd pt. of Vol. 2. "The River Usk and the Canal."
  • Owen, Matthew. Story of Breconshire. Cardiff : Ed. Pub. 1911. 292p
  • Poole, Edwin. The illustrated history and biography of Brecknockshire from the earliest times to the present day : containing the general history, antiquities, sepulchral monuments and inscriptions ... : illustrated by several engravings and portraits. S.l.] : Printed and published by Edwin Poole, 1886. 495p
  • Poole, Edwin. The people's history of Brecon (town and county). Brecon : printed by H. B. Wheeler, 1876. 136p
  • POOLE, Edwin (1886) The Illustrated History and Biography of Brecknockshire, Edwin Poole, Brecon. (No ISBN)
  • Rees, William. The great forest of Brecknock : a facet of Breconshire history. 1966?. 31p
  • SALTER, Mike (2001) The Castles of Mid-Wales, Folly Publications, Malvern. ISBN 1-871731-48-8
  • Silvester, R. J., The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust in Breconshire. Brycheiniog,29 (1996/1997), 9-10.
  • Thomas, Hugh. Essay towards the history of Brecknockshire 1698. Brecon : Brecknock County Museum, 1967. 90p

Land and Property

  • Haslam, Richard. Powys : (Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire, Breconshire). The Buildings of Wales series. Harmondsworth : Cardiff : Penguin ; University of Wales Press, 1979. 436p

Language and languages

  • Jones, Glyn E. Some features of the Welsh of Breconshire. The use of Welsh: a contribution to sociolinguistics, ed., Martin J. Ball, p. 7-103.

Military History

  • Bidgood, Ruth. Breconshire hero of the French wars : [Charles Papps Price]. Country Quest 32/7 (1991), p. 22-3
  • Retallack, John . The Welsh Guards published (1981) by Frederick Warne (Publishers) Ltd., London.

Names, Geographical

  • Davies, Dewi. Welsh Place-Names of Breconshire and their meanings. 1971
  • John, Deric. Penderyn Place Names. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, June 2021
  • MORGAN, Richard & POWELL, R. F. Peter (1999) A Study of Breconshire Place-Names, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst. ISBN 0-86381-567-7
  • Powell, R. F. Peter. Notes on a place-name element peculiar to Breconshire [Car]. Brycheiniog 19 1980-1, p. 83-95
  • Powell, R. F. Peter. The place-names of Devynock Hundred: together with notes on a place-name element peculiar to Breconshire (Appendix). Pen-pont, Brecon : Peter Powell, 1993. 1v


Politics and Government

  • Ord, J P. Sheriffs of Brecknockshire. Tenby : printed by R. Mason, 1865. 21p. "A list of gentlemen who have served the office ... from A.D. 1539 ... to 1864 ..." -- p. [1]. Reprinted from the Cambrian Journal.
  • Wood, Elizabeth. Thomas Wood M.P. : parliamentary representative for Brecknockshire, 1806-47. [Brecon] : Brecknock Museum, 1978. 32p

Religion and Religious Life

  • Brecon and Radnor Congregationalism: 1662 commemoration volume. Merthyr Tydvil : Joseph Williams & Sons, 1912. 215p
  • Lewis, Michael R. From darkness to light : the Catholics of Breconshire 1536-1851. Abertillery : Old Bakehouse, 1992. 119p


  • Bevan, Robert. Radnorshire schools in 1818. Transactions of the Radnorshire Society 60 (1990), p. 36-40
  • PARRY, E. G. (1991) Christ College Brecon 1541-1991 - An Illustrated History, Mid Wales Litho Ltd (printers), Pontypool. (No ISBN)

Social Life and Customs

  • Davies, Dewi. Law and Disorder in Breconshire 1750-1880. Brecon : D.G. & A.S. Evans, 1991.164p
  • Harris, Johnathan. The early history of association football in Breconshire. Brycheiniog 28 (1995-6), p. 127-35
  • Jones, G Penrhyn. Cholera in Wales. National Library of Wales journal Vol X/3 Summer 1958.
  • More gathered gold : stories of old Breconshire. [Brecon?] : Sennybridge and District Writers' Circle, c1996. 80p
  • Peate, Iorwerth C. The Welsh House - A Study in Folk Culture. First published in 1940, reprinted by Llanerch Publishers, Felinfach in 2000. ISBN 1 86143 112 0. Here is a review and listing of Contents, Illustrations, Figures and houses/sites mentioned, from the 1940 edition.
  • Poole, Edwin. The History of Breconshire Charities : borough & county, compiled from official returns and other sources. Brecon : Edwin Poole, [1881?]. 40p
  • Powell, A A. Crime in Breconshire, 1733 - 1830. 1990
  • Redwood, Pamela. Life in Elizabethan Breconshire as portrayed in contemporary wills. Brycheiniog 24 (1990-92), p. 43-66
  • Scourfield , Elfyn . Welsh Rural Life in Photographs. Barry, 1979.
  • Williams, David H. A Breconshire Boyhood. London : L E M Williams, 1997. 36pBailey, Mabel. Legends and stories of Breconshire. [S.l. : s.n.], [Hay-on-Wye (Powys) : 1909 H.R. Grant] 57p