Brecon  Brecknockshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Brecon like this:

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.

Brecon through time

Brecon is now part of Powys district. Click here for graphs and data of how Powys has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Brecon itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Brecon, in Powys and Brecknockshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd May 2024

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