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Historic Breconshire

Wales Traditional Breconshire
  • Breconshire, formerly Brecknockshire (Welsh: Sir [county or shire] Brycheiniog) named for the 5th century Celtic king Brychein.
  • One of the original thirteen historic counties of Wales, it was created following the Act of Union of 1535, bounded to the north by Radnorshire, to the east by Herefordshire (England), to the south-east by Monmouthshire and Glamorgan, and to the west by Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire.
  • The administrative county of Breconshire, with an elected county council, was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act of Wales.
  • The elected county council took over the functions of the Quarter Sessions courts.
  • The county town was Brecon (Welsh: Aberhonddu[mouth of the river Honddu]). Since 1974 Breconshire is an administrative region of the County of Powys.

Chapman Code: BRE