Brecknockshire one of the Historic counties of Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia

The County of Breconshire

Historical Descriptions

Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870

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.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

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.

Other names: Brecknockshire
Area (1851): 443,133
Pop. (1851): 59,178 (29,993 males; 29,185 females)

Breconshire Towns & Parishes

Maps of Breconshire

Click to see full size Map of Brecknockshire OS Map name 012-SW, Ordnance Survey, 1884-1892