Merthyr Cynog

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Merthyr Cynog is a hamlet and a community in the modern county of Powys, Wales, in the historic county of Brecknockshire. The population of the community at the 2011 Census was 245.[1]

Church of St Cynog

The Welsh name signifies the 'shrine of Cynog'. The grade II* listed church, a place of pilgrimage, is dedicated to Saint Cynog, a son of Brychan Brycheiniog. It is situated on the land between the valleys of the Ysgir Fawr and the Ysgir Fach which penetrate northwestwards into the uplands of Mynydd Epynt from the River Usk some miles to the south. The community includes the hamlet of Upper Chapel which lies a couple of miles to the northeast. To the north and west of Merthyr Cynog is the Army's extensive Sennybridge Training Area or 'SENTA'.[2][3]

In 2013 Merthyr Cynog Community launched a new website.[4]

For elections to Powys County Council, Merthyr Cynog is part of the Yscir electoral ward.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey Explorer map sheet no 188 Builth Wells/Llanfair-ym-Muallt
  3. ^ Hywel Wyn Owen & Richard Morgan 2007, Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales, Gomer Press, Ceredigion
  4. ^, Retrieved 5 April 2016
  5. ^ "Your History: Mary Elizabeth Phillips" Local Beacon 67(March 2015): 15.

Coordinates: 52°01′N 3°29′W / 52.017°N 3.483°W / 52.017; -3.483