Powys Family History Society – Helping you to Research your Family History in Breconshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire


Brecknock Group Meetings 
All meetings held at
The Kensington Baptist Church, Kensington Terrace, Brecon, LD3 9AY

at 7-30pm

Map of the venue

Monday 24th February

The Craft of a Wheelwright – Michael Davies

Illustrated talk on the structure of the wheel and how it is put together. Models of partially built wheels will be displayed as part of the talk in order to demonstrate the structure of a wheel.

Monday 28th March – Cancelled due to CoronaVirus Precautions

Architectural Detail in Brecon Town – A photographic tour with quiz. The talk will take a close up look at interesting architectural details that give character to a range of buildings in Brecon and also quiz the audience on their location. Dr Mervyn Bramley.

Monday 27th April

The Rev W.E.T. Morgan, friend of the Diarist Rev Francis Kilvert of Clyro – John Price


Monday 18th May

The Origins of popular Welsh Hymns, with audience participation – Marc Williams

Monday 29th June

Group A G M followed by talk on Herbalism, the study of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants – Liz Sanders-Rich

Monday 27th July

Visit to Boughrood Church, which has the only surviving Dead House in Wales.
Rev Ian Charlesworth


Monday 28th September

TBC talk by Jonathan & Catherine Davies


Monday 26th October

A Talk on the Holy Land – A personal pilgrimage to the Holy Land with friends from Somerset.
Gwyneth Evans


Monday 23rd November

Research & Social Evening, research archives from the extensive Brecon group library will be available for consultation.


Montgomeryshire Group Meetings  2020

Meetings in Hafren Room, Abermule Community Centre. SY15 6ND, on Saturdays, at 2pm. Good parking available on-site

Map of the Venue

Saturday 25th March – Cancelled due to CoronaVirus precautions

Churchyard and Cemetery Memorials, Continuity & Change. – Dr Rachael Jones.

This talk, developed from a lecture originally given in Leicester University, is about the changing styles of gravestones over the generations.


Saturday 25th April

The Wynnstay Estate in Montgomeryshire

Dr Emyr Williams.

For centuries, life and work in many North Wales communities was shaped by the extensive Wynnstay Estate. This talk focuses on their tenant farmers in the Llanbrynmair and Llangedwyn areas of Montgomeryshire.


Radnorshire Group Meetings – Llanddewi Ystradenny Village Hall at 7pm.

All meetings are on the third Thursday of the month, commencing at 7.pm. 
Light refreshments are served after the meetings.

2020 Programme

Thursday 20th February

Talk on the Ormathwaite Estate. Shirley Morgan.

John Price (1723-1798), banker of Penybont Hall, Penybont. John Price built up the sizeable Ormathwaite estate, including the manor of Golon, Abbey Cwm-Hir, purchased in 1790

Thursday 19th March – Cancelled due to CoronaVirus precautions
The Great Pilgrimage 90. – Phil & Heather Bufton In1928, ten years after the end of the Great War, the British Legion arranged for war veterans and the widows of fallen soldiers to visit the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres. 90 years later this was re-enacted by the current members of British Legion those who took part marched to the entrance of the town of Ypres in Belgium and onto the magnificent Menin gate as 90 years before.

Thursday 16th April | 16th July | April Meeting – Cancelled due to CoronaVirus precautions

Transcribing Meeting, various projects recording any archives relating to Radnorshire, welcome any offers of archives in private hands to record.

Thursday 14th May
Visit to Penybont Hall, Penybont .The present house is the truncated portion of a much larger structure, first built c 1755 by John Price (founder of The Radnorshire Bank).


Thursday 15th October
Powys Family History Society AGM.   Drone Archaeology, Powys. Film and slide show by Julian Ravest, who will speak about the use of drones in the photography of archaeological sites. He will show how the key concepts had been developed in the early years of the 20th century, with huge strides being made during World War 1.


December – NO Meeting