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Vaynor, Breconshire

Historical Description

Vaynor, a parish in Brecknockshire, lying between the rivers Taff Vawr and Taff Vechan, 4 miles N by E of Merthyr Tydfil. It includes the village of Cefn-Coed-y-Cymmer, which has a station called Cefn on the L. & N.W.R. and Brecon and Merthyr railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Merthyr Tydfil. Acreage, 6550; population, 3057. The most noted place in the parish is Pontsarn, where there is also a station on the L. & N.W.R. and Brecon and Merthyr railway near the church. The scenery here is most romantic and beautiful. The great iron king, Robert Thompson Crawshay, is buried in the churchyard. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Davids; net value, £265 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is old. There are two chapels of ease at Cefn Coed, and Baptist 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 districtMerthyr Tydfil1837 - 1934
Registration districtVaynor1934 - 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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