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Ystradgynlais, Breconshire

Historical Description

Ystradgynlais, a parish in Brecknockshire, on the Swansea Canal, 14 miles NNE of Swansea. It contains Ystrad-gynlais, Ystalyfera, and Gwys stations on the Neath and Brecon railway, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Swansea. Acreage, 22,044 of land and 155 of water; population, 4326. Anthracite, ironstone, and limestone abound. Tram railways have long been in use for the collieries and ironworks. A fall of 90 feet occurs on the river Llech. Hill forts, cairns, traces of a Roman road, and other antiquities are seen. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St David's; gross value, £282 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St David's. The church's walls include two inscribed stones supposed to be Roman. There are Baptist, Calvinistic Methodist, and Congregational chapels.

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 districtNeath1837 - 1875
Registration districtPontardawe1875 - 1934
Registration districtYstradgynlais1934 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Breconshire is online.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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