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Encyclopedia > Brecon
Brecon
Statistics
Population: 7,901
Ordnance Survey
OS grid reference: Maps for SO045285
Administration
Principal area: Powys
Constituent country: Wales
Sovereign state: United Kingdom
Other
Police force: Dyfed-Powys Police
Ceremonial county: Powys
Historic county: Brecknockshire
Post office and telephone
Post town: BRECON
Postal district: LD3
Dialling code: 01874
Politics
UK Parliament: Brecon & Radnorshire
European Parliament: Wales
Wales
The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin at Brecon, the starting point of the Taff Trail.
The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin at Brecon, the starting point of the Taff Trail.

Brecon (Welsh: Aberhonddu) is a historic market town in mid Wales, with a population of roughly 8,000 with around 6,000 in the surrounding area. It is the traditional county town of Brecknockshire, although its role as a county town has diminished since the formation of Powys. It is said[citation needed] that the name 'Brecon' derives from the Welsh Prince, Brychan. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... For local government purposes, Wales is divided into 22 unitary authorities. ... Powys is a local government principal area and a preserved county in Wales. ... Constituent country is an official term used to describe three of the four principal component parts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK): England; Scotland; Wales. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) Welsh, English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... Dyfed-Powys Police (Welsh: Heddlu Dyfed Powys) is the Home Office police force responsible for policing Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire (which make up Dyfed), and Powys in Wales. ... The Preserved counties of Wales are the current areas used in Wales for ceremonial purposes such as Lieutenancy. ... Powys is a local government principal area and a preserved county in Wales. ... Wales has thirteen traditional counties (or vice counties). ... Brecknockshire (Welsh: ), also known as Breconshire, or the County of Brecon is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, and a former administrative county. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... To see the list in alphabetical order see the categories UK Parliamentary constituencies and UK Parliamentary constituencies (historic). ... Brecon and Radnorshire is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Sign in the entrance of the European Parliament building in Brussels, written in all the official languages used in the European Union as of July 2006 The European Parliament building in Strasbourg The debating chamber, or hemicycle, in Strasbourg The European Parliament building in Brussels The European Parliament (formerly European... Wales is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2400x1800, 1687 KB) brecon File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Brecon Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2400x1800, 1687 KB) brecon File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Brecon Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is isolated from the rest of the United Kingdoms canals. ... Mile post at Quakers Yard The Taff Trail is a popular walking and cycle path that runs for 54 miles between Cardiff Bay and Brecon in Wales. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... The market town is a medieval phenomenon. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) Welsh, English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779... Brecknockshire (Welsh: ), also known as Breconshire, or the County of Brecon is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, and a former administrative county. ... Powys is a local government principal area and a preserved county in Wales. ... Brychan (Unknown date), legendary Welsh king with many saintly children who appear in varying forms in Celtic Hagiology. ...


Brecon is the English name for the town, the Welsh name, Aberhonddu, deriving from the River Honddu, which empties into the River Usk near the town centre, a short distance away from the River Tarrell which enters the Usk a few hundred metres upstream. Before the building of the bridge over the Usk, Brecon was one of the few places where the river could be forded. The confluence of the Honddu and the Usk made for a valuable defensive position for the Norman castle which overlooks the town, built by Bernard de Neufmarche in the late 11th century. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... The River Usk, Afon Wysg in Welsh, rises in the mountains of mid-Wales then flows south-east through Abergavenny and the eponymous town of Usk to the Roman legionary fortress of Caerleon and the Bristol Channel at Newport. ... A ford is a section of water (most commonly a section of a river) that is sufficiently shallow as to be traversable by wading. ... The Nave of Durham Cathedral demonstrates the characteristic round arched style, though use of shallow pointed arches above the nave anticipates the Gothic style. ...


Less than a mile from the castle stands Brecon Cathedral, a fairly modest building compared to many cathedrals. The role of Cathedral is a fairly recent one, and was bestowed upon the church in 1923 with the formation of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon was established as a Diocese of the Church in Wales in 1923 with Brecon Priory as the Cathedral. ...


Today Brecon is a thriving community, and is popular as a holiday destination, being on the Northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, affording good views of the Brecon Beacons themselves, a range of hills, including Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in southern Britain at 886m. August sees an annual Brecon Jazz Festival held in the town centre, with several open air venues and indoor concerts held in several venues, including the town's market hall and the recently opened 400-seat Theatr Brycheiniog next to the redeveloped Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin to the east of the town centre. Part of the Brecon Beacons, looking from the highest point Pen y Fan, 886 m (2907 feet), to Cribyn, 795 m (2608 feet) The Brecon Beacons (Welsh: Bannau Brycheiniog) are a mountain range located in the south-east of Wales. ... The Brecon Beacons National Park, looking from the highest point of Pen Y Fan (886 m/2907 feet) to Corn Du (873 m/2864 feet). ... Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in south Wales, part of the Brecon Beacons. ... Brecon Jazz Festival is held on an annual basis in the rural surroundings of Brecon, Wales. ... The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is isolated from the rest of the United Kingdoms canals. ...


The east end of town also has two military establishments:

Eight miles to the west of Brecon is Sennybridge Training Area, an important training facility for the British Army.[2] A School of Infantry provides training in weapons and infantry tactics to members of armed forces of many nations. ... 160 (Wales) Brigade, was originally part of the Territorial Armys 53rd (Welsh) Division in the First and Second World Wars. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ...


The west end of Brecon has a small industrial area, and recent years have seen the cattle market moved from the centre of the town to this area, with markets held several times a week.


Brecon has many primary schools, with a secondary school and further education college on the northern edge of the town. Due to Brecon being a rural area, bus trips of over an hour are not uncommon for pupils making their way to school. The town is also home to Christ College, a private boarding school. Christ College a co-educational independent boarding and day school, located in the market town of Brecon, mid Wales. ...


Brecon is located near where the A40 meets the A470. It no longer has a railway station, but was once linked to both Mid-Wales and South Wales by several lines, including that of the Brecon and Merthyr Railway which was formerly the Mid Wales Railway. The A40 is a trunk road in England and Wales, connecting London to Fishguard. ... The A470 at Bwlch Oerddrws The A470 is a major road in Wales, running from Cardiff to Llandudno. ... BRECON and MERTHYR RAILWAY // The Routes The Brecon and Merthyr Junction Railway was one of several railways that served the industrial areas of South Wales and Monmouthshire. ... The Mid Wales Railway was a standard gauge railway opened in 1864 as a North-South route serving central Welsh towns including Llanidloes, Rhayader, Builth Wells and Brecon. ...

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Points of interest

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1296x972, 267 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Brecon Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1200x900, 444 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Brecon ... Part of the Brecon Beacons, looking from the highest point Pen y Fan, 886 m (2907 feet), to Cribyn, 795 m (2608 feet) The Brecon Beacons (Welsh: Bannau Brycheiniog) are a mountain range located in the south-east of Wales. ... Following the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066, an uneasy pact was maintained between the Welsh chieftains and the Norman invaders. ... The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon was established as a Diocese of the Church in Wales in 1923 with Brecon Priory as the Cathedral. ... Brecon Jazz Festival is held on an annual basis in the rural surroundings of Brecon, Wales. ...

Town twinning

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Trivia

  • Brecon was the birthplace of Roger Glover and Sarah Siddons.
  • Brecon hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1889.
  • Brecon is a regular for the popular Indie music band The Automatic

Roger Glover in concert at Big Flats, New York in 2002. ... Sarah Siddons Sarah Siddons (1755–1831) was a British actress, the best-known of the 18th century. ... The Eisteddfod (from Welsh eistedd, to sit; plural is eisteddfodau) is a Welsh festival of literature, music, and song. ... 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.army.mod.uk/brigade_of_gurkhas/brigade_units/gurkha_demonstration_companies/brecon/index.htm
  2. ^ http://www.army.mod.uk/5div/organisation/160_wales_brigade/index.htm

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