Battle, Breconshire Genealogy

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BATTLE, a parish, in the hundred of Merthyr-Cynog, union and county of Brecknock, South Wales, 2¾ miles (N. W. by W.) from Brecknock. This place, though traditionally said to have derived its name from a battle, in which the last of the Brechinian princes, Bleddyn ab Maenyrch, was defeated and slain by Bernard de Newmarch, is, with greater probability, supposed to have been so called in honour of Battle Abbey, in the county of Sussex, to which the monks of Brecknock, who owned the whole or greater part of the parish, were subject. The church, dedicated to St. Cynog, is supposed to have been built by the prior and convent of St. John's, Brecknock, at the commencement of the fourteenth century, when Battle first became parochial.[1]

Battle Church is in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, in the community of Yscir in the county of Powys. It is located at Ordnance Survey national grid reference SO0082630974. For additional information see Brecknockshire Churches Survey.


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  1. Lewis, Samuel, A., A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1849), pp. 68-81. Adapted. Date accessed: 23 January 2014.