The County of Breconshire


Last updated on March 30th, 2017

BRECKNOCK, or BRECON, a county of S. Wales, bounded N. by Radnor, W. b Cardigan and Carmarthen, S. by Monmouth and Glamorgan, and E. by Hereford and Monmouth. Desc. Mountainous, and about a third of the whole entirely waste and uncultivated. Rivers. Wye, Usk, Yrfon, Tawe, and the Taf, formed by the junction of the Taf Fechan and the Taf Fawr. Minerals. Copper, lead, abundance of iron, and great quantities of coal and limestone. Manf. Woollen cloth, wool, worsted stockings ; and there is a trade in timber, iron, cattle, sheep, swine, butter, and cheese. Ext. about 35 miles in length, by 30 in breadth. Area, 460,150 acres, or 719 square miles. Pop 61,627. In this county are Brecknock Beacon, which is the loftiest hill in S. Wales, being 2862 feet, and Cradle Mountain, or Pen Cadcr, 2660 feet above the level of the sea.
Source: Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

Brecknockshire, a county of South Wales, is bounded, North by Radnorshire, East by Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, South by Monmouthshire and Glamorganshire, and West by Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire. It is about 35 miles long, and 30 broad. Rivers: the Uske, the Wye, the Irvon, the Tawe, and the Taf. It is divided into six Hundreds – Builth, Crickhowell. Devynnock. Merthyr, Penkelly, and Talgarth. It has four Market Towns. It is in the Province of Canterbury, in the Diocese of Llandaff, and in the Southern Circuit. Population, 55,603.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Breconshire Towns & Parishes

Builth District


Area (1851): 102,953 acres

Pop. (1851): 8,345 (4,152 males; 4,193 females)

Sub-districts

  • Abergwessin
  • Builth
  • Colwyn

Abergwessin Sub-district

Area (1851): 46,144 acres

Pop. (1851): 2,890 (1,419 males; 1,471 females)

Parishes

  • Llanafan Fawr
  • Llanafan Fechan
  • Llanddewi Abergwesyn
  • Llanfihangel Abergwesyn
  • Llanfihangel Bryn Pabuan (Part of) ?
  • Llangammarch
  • Llanlleonvel

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Brecknock District

Area (1851): 196,793 acres

Pop. (1851): 18,174 (8,984 males; 9,190 females)

Sub-districts

  • Brecknock
  • Devynnock
  • Llangorse
  • Merthyr Cynog
  • Penkelly

Brecknock Sub-district

Area (1851): 43,018 acres

Pop. (1851): 7.515 (3,704 males; 3.811 females)

Parishes

  • Aberyscir
  • Battle
  • Borough of Brecknock: St. John the Evangelist
  • Cantreff
  • Castle Inn, ex parochial
  • Christ’s College, ex parochial
  • Llandefeilog
  • Llanspyddid
  • Llanthew
  • St. David

Devynnock Sub-district

Area (1851): 65,053 acres

Pop. (1851): 4,440 (2,147 males; 2,293 females)

Parishes

  • Devynnock
  • Llandilovane
  • Llywell
  • Trallong

Llangorse Sub-district

Area (1851): 28,322 acres

Pop. (1851): 3,025 (1,521 males; 1,504 females)

Parishes

  • Cathedine
  • Gwenddwr Part of – Trawsgoed Hamlet
  • Llandefailog Tregraig
  • Llandefalley
  • Llanfihangel Tal-y-Llyn
  • Llangasty Tal-y-Llyn
  • Llangorse
  • Llanhamlach
  • Llansaintffread (Llansantffraed)
  • Llanvillo
  • Llanywern
  • Talachddu

Merthyr Cynog Sub-district

Area (1851): 34,651 acres

Population

1851: 1,653 (858 males; 795 females)

1861: 1,593 Houses, 318

Parishes

  • Garthbrengy
  • Merthyr Cynog
  • Llanfihangel-Fechan Chapelry – part of Llandefaelog-Fach parish
  • Llanfihangel Nant Brane

Penkelly Sub-district

Area (1851): 25,749 acres

Pop. (1851): 1,541 (754 males; 787 females)

Parishes

  • Llanthetty
  • Llanvigan
  • Llanvrynach (Upper and Lower)