In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Capel Coelbren like this:
CAPEL-COELBREN, a chapelry in Ystradgynlas parish, Brecon; on the river Llech, 5 miles NNW of Glyn-Neath r. station, and 12 NNE of Neath. Post Town, Ystradgynlas, under Swansea. Statistics, with the parish. The scenery is picturesque, and borrows grandeur from the Cribarth mountain. The Llech makes a noble fall of 100 feet. Some erect coal trees, of the sigillaria class, have been found in the bed of the stream. There are remains of a Roman road. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of St. David's. Value, £100. Patron, the Rector of Ystradgynlas. The church is a small primitive structure; and contains a curious old tombstone.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Capel Coelbren has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Powys. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Capel Coelbren and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Capel Coelbren, in Powys and Brecknockshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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