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Llangorse, Breconshire

Historical Description

Llangorse, a village and a parish in Brecknockshire. The village lies on Llangorse Lake or Llyn Safaddau, and on the river Cui, I¼ mile E of Talyllyn Junction station on the Cambrian, the Brecon and Merthyr, and the Neatli and Brecon railways, 4½ S of Talgarth, and 6 ESE of Brecon, and has a post office under Talgarth (R.S.O.); money order office, Llanfihangel Talyllyn; telegraph office, Talgarth. The parish comprises 3444 acres of land and 147 of water: population, 340. Llangorse Lake measures about 5 miles in circuit; displays scenery of a mixedly gloomy and beautiful character; is much frequented for perch and eel fishing and wild fowl shooting; was fished by the monks of Brecon daily in Lent, and three days weekly during the rest of the year, under restriction of their using only one boat; and is traditionally alleged to cover the remains of a quondam city. The mountain scenery is good, especially the view from the centre of the village of the whole range of the Brecknock Beacons. There is a fine public common of nearly 40 acres in extent adjoining the lake. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St David's; gross value, £219 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church is dedicated to St Panlinns; is ancient with a square tower containing a fine organ and a peal of six bells, and has a good cradle roof. There is a Baptist chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Registration districtBrecknock1837 - 1974

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Land and Property

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