In the 1840s, Brechfa featured in the Rebecca Riots when rioters destroyed tollgates on the local turnpike road. During the 1930s Great Depression, unemployed men were set to work on the Forestry Commission land, breaking ground, building tracks, and undertaking other heavy labour. The men lived in a work camp in Brechfa, which was one of a number of Instructional Centres run by the Ministry of Labour.
Location and amenities
St. Teilo's Church is based in the middle of the Brechfa and replaced the former church building in 1893. The stone from the former church building was used to build the current church hall which is situated directly opposite St. Teilo's Church.
The Bryn Stores Community Store is a co-operative has been set up to run the village shop, which featured in an article in the Daily Telegraph Magazine in 2007. The village was chosen as a special stage in the British Rally from 2006 to 2008.
The Forest Arms, the public house located in the centre of Brechfa, featuring open fires, food and drink and car parking to the front and rear. The pub was closed between 2006 and 2014, and has re-opened in April 2014.
Leisure & Recreation
Brechfa Forest is a mixture of ancient forest and managed woodlands containing mountain bike trails as well as promoted walks and rides, at the top of the Cothi Valley. The managed woodlands of the forest is managed by Natural Resources Wales.
The village is the site of Brechfa Mountain Biking which have a number of free car parks with picnic and BBQ facilities. In Byrgwm car park there is The Shed café for those riding the Raven or Derwen Trails.
Brechfa Forest provides 17,300 acres of open access for horse riders, who can use any of the tracks within the forest. A number of bridleways and byways run across the farmland and common land surrounding the forest to enable equestrian visitors to enjoy a variety of rides.
The River Cothi is the largest tributary of the River Tywi in south Wales. It is noted for its trout and sea trout (sewin) fishing and for salmon. The Cothi valley runs through the Brechfa Forest joining the Tywi (or Towy if you prefer the English spelling) a few miles south of Brechfa.
Carmarthenshire Mobile Library service visits Brechfa weekly on Tuesdays between 12:15-14:15.
Pupils of Bro Myrddin Welsh Comprehensive School, Carmarthen have launched an on demand podcast website on the bebo network called Brechfa FM. The comedy radio station portrays the Brechfa residents as very isolated people who have no contact with "outside world" places such as Carmarthen. The radio station has become popular among local bebo network users.
Brechfa Radio Podcast Site
Notable residents\former residents
- William Thomas (Gwilym Marles)
- Dan Mitchell (Comedian)
- Canon Patrick Thomas (author and cleric) Rector of Brechfa from 1984 to 2001. Books include Candle in the Darkness: Celtic Spirituality from Wales (Gomer), Celtic Earth, Celtic Heaven (Gomer), Brechfa and Beyond: Peregrinations of a Parish Priest (Carreg Gwalch), From Carmarthen to Karabagh: a Welsh discovery of Armenia (Carreg Gwalch) and Remembering the Armenian Genocide (Carreg Gwalch). His translations of the twentieth century Welsh poet David Gwenallt Jones are included in the volume 'Sensuous Glory' , written with Densil Morgan and Donald Allchin (Canterbury Press).
- 2001 Census
- Community Web-Site Archived 27 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- A History of Carmarthenshire Lloyd, Sir J: For The Society (Cardiff) 1935 & 1939, Vol I From Prehistoric Times to the Act of Union (1536)
- Rebecca Riots Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Walks around Brecha
- "Brechfa Church Homepage". www.cothi-churches.org.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
- Winner of A Welsh Oscar, Newyddion Cymuned 25 May 2007
- Saturday 31 March 2007
- "The Forest Arms - Pub, Restaurant & Accommodation in Brechfa, Wales". www.forestarms.com. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
- Scenic tour Archived 4 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Brechfa - Mountain Bike Wales". Mountain Bike Wales. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
- "Riding in Brechfa Forest". www.visitbrechfaforest.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
- "Fishing near Brechfa Forest". www.visitbrechfaforest.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
- John Field, "Learning Through Labour: Training, unemployment and the state, 1890-1939", Leeds University Press, 1992, ISBN 0-900960-48-5