Where We Are & Local History

Brecon

Brecon is a traditional Mid Wales market town nestling in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the County of Powys.  This magical spot at the confluence of two rivers, the Usk and the Honddu has always been a popular destination offering visitors spectacular scenery and leisure activities.

In Brecon and its surrounding area there are many interesting opportunities for outdoor activities and leisure facilities including walking, climbing, canoeing, horse riding and many more.

Brecon remains first and foremost a traditional Mid Wales market town - as you will see on any Tuesday or Friday!

History


It is thought that several earlier churches will have existed on the ancient site where Brecon Cathedral now stands.  In 1093 after capturing the Welsh kingdom of Brecheiniog, the Norman lord of the Marches Bernard de Neufmarche gave orders for a priory to be built on the site.  The priory was dedicated to St. John the Evangelist and in 1106, the first prior was a monk named  Walter.  After the dissolution of monasteries by Henry VIII, the priory became a parish church and much later in the 1920s the church became designated a cathedral.

Inside the embattled walls survives the most unique group of monastic buildings in Wales.  The Brecon Cathedral Heritage Centre tells its fascinating history.  Click here for the Brecon Cathedral website www.breconcathedral.org.uk




Statue of Duke of Wellington in The Bulwark was created by Brecon born sculptor John Evan Thomas. Brecon Militaria...
During the Napoleonic wars, French prisioners were incarcerated in the town. Some of the town's medieval walls survive and an area called Captian's Walk marks the place where the prisoners exercised.

The military link continues...
One of the most heroic battles of all time, the battle of Rourke's Drift [1879] is commemorated in the South Wales Borderers Museum at Brecon Barracks. At Rourke's Drift 140 soldiers of the regiment faced more than 4,000 Zulu warriors.

On the right is a photograph of the Statue of Duke of Wellington in The Bulwark that was created by Brecon born sculptor John Evan Thomas.

 

Cruise the canal...
In 1797 work began on the Monmouth and Brecon Canal to link Brecon with Newport. A magnificent stone aqueduct carries the canal across the River Usk just outside town. Currently 37 miles of canal has been restored to award winning standards. See Below for our link to www.dragonfly-cruises.co.uk

Christ College Brecon...

Christ College is a co-educational independent school which has existed at its present site since 1541.  It was founded by Henry VIII when he dissolved the existing Dominican friary and created a school.
Click here to visit the school   www.christcollegebrecon.com

 

Cadw Castles
Information on castles
http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Celtic History
Information on Celtic History
http://www.celticawales.com

Powys History
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http://history.powys.org.uk