Brecon, Breconshire, Wales Genealogy

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BRECKNOCK, a borough and market town, and the head of a union, having exclusive jurisdiction, locally in the hundreds of Merthyr, Pencelly, and Devynock, in the county of Brecknock, South Wales, 171 miles (W. by N.) from London, on the road to Milford. Brecknock is delightfully situated at the confluence of the rivers Honddû and Tarell with the Usk. There re two churches in the town. The parish of St. John the Evangelist, which includes St. Mary's chapelry and the parish of St. David. The area of the St. John's portion of the parish is 2932 acres. The church, which was the chapel of the priory founded here by Bernard Newmarch, occupies a beautiful eminence on the western bank of the river Honddû, on the north side of the town, near the Priory woods. The area of the parish of St. David is 2880 acres. The church, a small edifice of one aisle, with a tower at the west end, is situated in the suburb of Llanvaes, on the south side of the river Usk. St. Mary's chapel, which was anciently parochial, is situated in the centre of the town. In the town are two or three places of worship for Baptists, and one each for English Independents, Welsh Independents, Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, English Wesleyan and Welsh Wesleyan Methodists, and Roman Catholics.[1]

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1849), pp. 92-125. Adapted. Date accessed: 23 January 2014.