The name or dedication of the church.
This identifies the church type. Most churches are parish churches which means they serve a specific parish or area. Other types such as chapel, daughter and mission are mostly historic designations as many are now also parish churches. Please note that former churches are no longer used for worhsip and may be in private ownership.
A unique identification number given to every church.
The name of the diocese in which the church is located.
The name of the archdeaconry in which the church is located.
This is the legal name of the parish as given by the Church Commissioners.
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There are 3 levels of listing: Grade I, II* & II. The majority of buildings which are of special interest are Grade II. A much smaller number of particularly important buildings are listed as Grade II*. Buildings of exceptional interest (approx 2% of the total number of listed buildings) are Grade I.
Ancient monuments and archaeological remains of national importance are protected by law. Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service is responsible for compiling a schedule (list) of these ancient monuments, some of which can be found in churches and churchyards. Examples can include churchyard crosses and the archaeological remains of previous churches or buildings on the site.
There are three National Parks in Wales: Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons. These protect 20 percent of the land in Wales, including precious landscapes, habitats, villages and heritage sites.
There are over 500 conservation areas in Wales. They are designated by local planning authorities for their special architectural and historic interest.
The Buildings at Risk register is managed by Cadw (the Welsh Government’s historic environment service) in order to identify the number and type of listed buildings at risk in Wales.
It is often extremely difficult to determine a precise date of construction for a church as many have been extensively altered over time. Church Heritage Cymru therefore shows a date range within which a church is believed to have been constructed. The dates are as follows: Early Medieval (pre 1066), Medieval (post 1066 to 1540), Post Medieval (1540 to 1837), Victorian/Pre WWI (1837 to 1914) and Modern (post 1914).
This is a very brief summary of the church's main features. More detailed nformation can be found in the other fields and pages (tabs) in this database.
Useful information is displayed here for people wishing to visit the church. This may include things like opening hours, catering & toilet facilities, parking, etc.
If the church has its own website the details will be displayed here.
Any further sources of information for the church will be listed here (eg. links to other historic databases).
This is the Ordnance Survey (OS) reference for the location of the church. Some locations will be approximate as this data is continuously being refined and updated.
This is the name of the Local Authoirity within which the church is located.
This describes how the church relates to its immediate and wider environment, sometimes called its setting. It describes how the church contributes to its landscape or townscape and how these things collectively contribute to the character of the area.
Set beside the main road going west out of Breon in an area known as Brecon without, it lies over the Usk bridge and past the local Public School set in thr grounds of the former Domincan Friary. The churh lies about 1km west of the town centre (St Mary's Church).
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The name/dedication of the church to which the plan refers.
A brief description of the plan. eg. who created it and where it came from.
The date the plan was created.
The details of any copyright are displayed here.
The name of the person who inputted the plan.
This is a description of the ground plan of the church.
If known, the dimensions (measurements) of the church ground plan will be displayed here.
If the footrprint (area) of the church is known, it will be displayed here.
A description of the history and archaeology of the church and its site.
The place name can be dated back to 817 probably meaning a 'place in open country' rather than the more unlikely 'place of open fields' which would be too early for such a farming practice. Gerald of Wales (Geraldus Cambrensis) mentions the church in 1188. A sketch hanging in the south aisle shows what the church here looked like in 1700. That church was either largely replaced or a new one built in J Clayton of Hereford in 1859-61 at a cost of £1500. (One account has it being a complete replacement next to the site of the earlier church, another account says that it incorporated parts of the old one). A school room was added in 1878. In 1923-5 it had major works, the lean-to aisles were built by J B Fletcher of Cardiff who also reset the Decorated windows and added a clerestory.
This church plays a significant part in the lives and deaths of the Traveller Community, the churhcyard being a prefered resting place for members of this community.
Cadw Listings Notice
Buildings of Wales – Powys 2013
Church Quinquennial Inspection Reports
CPAT Brecknockshire Churches Survey
A description of the exterior of the church and the main features of the churchyard.
The church has a nave with west tower (and spire), north and south aisles, east chancel with Lady Chapel, west vestry with school room over, porch on north side. The spire makes a significant addition to the local skline and n many ways makes the churhc more prominent than the cathedral which although higher up above the town is relatively squat. The town centre church of St Mary's is much less easilly seen until you are almost on top of it. It has been built with, at lowerlevels,slabs and blocks of red and grey sandstone with ashlar dressings and quoins, and higher up with yellow sandstone dressings. There is slate roof save that the spire has stone slab tiles.
Information about any noteable architects, artists, people, or events associated with the church.
Information about any important features and building fabric.
If known, a list of the church's major building material/s will be displayed here.
Any renewable energy systems the church is using will be listed here.
This section gives a general description of the interior of the church. Further details of any important internal fixtures and fittings will be listed below.
The porch has a tiled floor while the nave has wooden block flooring with plastered and white washed walls beneath a roof of arch-braced collars with raking struts cusped to give quatrefoils. The furnishings include: an oak carved panelled altar table. (a Timber altar table in Lady Chapel), a carved panelled oak reredos full width of east wall. with a highly carved oak communion rails with brass ironmongery. In the nave are to be found an octagonal carved oak pulpit with pierced panels and access steps surmounted by brass reading desk/lamp, an oak eagle lectern and an octagonal font with no cover.
The stained glass: Our Lord in majesty between St David, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John and St Teilo', ' Two saints and a portrait of Revd Rees Price 1900', 'Crucifixion and other scenes' by Clayton and Bell c1859, 'Holy family at Nazareth' by Morris & Co c1935, in lady chapel one light with '20 quartered coat of arms' one with '16 quartered coat of arms',
There are bells on two levels, five upper, one lower and two empty bays, cast or re-cast in 1924 by John Taylors & Co. of Loughborough (one bell cast in 1685, recast in 1924).
The pipe organ is by W G Vowles Bristol and the clock isby Niehus Bros, Bristol installed by J Hando Ltd. Brecon 1917.
Information about the church's important internal fixtures and fittings.
Information about the church's important moveable items and artworks.
A description of the ecology of the churchyard.
Information about the presence of bats in the church building or churchyard.
Records whether the church has been consecrated.
Records whether there have been burials in the churchyard.
Records whether the churchyard is still being used for burials.
Records whether there are any war graves in the churchyard.
Any important churchyard structures will be listed here.
Signifiance levels are set at high, medium and low.
Significance defines what is special about a church. This could be architectural, archaeological, historical or liturgical. Here, it describes the relationship of the church to its surrounding area and helps place it within its wider landscape context.
Significance defines what is special about a church. This could be architectural, archaeological, historical or liturgical. Here, it describes the significance of the historic building fabric of the church.
Significance defines what is special about a church. This could be architectural, archaeological, historical or liturgical. Here, it describes the historic significance of the interior of the church.
Significance defines what is special about a church. This could be architectural, archaeological, historical or liturgical. Here, it describes the relationship between the church and its community.