Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Brecknock, or Brecon

Brecknock, or Brecon, mun. bor. and county town of Brecknockshire, situated near the centre of the co., at the confluence of the rivers Usk and Honddu, 40 miles NE. of Swansea and 190 miles NW. of London by rail-mun. bor., 2614 ac., pop. 6247; local government dist., pop. 6372; 3 Banks. Market-days, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; has mfrs. of woollens and hosiery. Here the ancient Britons had a town, and the Romans a station. After the Norman conquest B. was strongly fortified to resist the native tribes; the fortifications were dismantled during the civil war. The bor. returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "municipal borough and county town"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Brecon CP       Brecknockshire AncC
Place names: BRECKNOCK     |     BRECKNOCK OR BRECON     |     BRECON
Place: Brecon

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