Talybont-on-Usk

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Talybont-on-Usk
  • Welsh: Tal-y-bont ar Wysg
Talybont ar Wysg - The White Hart Inn.jpg
The White Hart Inn
Talybont-on-Usk is located in Powys
Talybont-on-Usk
Talybont-on-Usk
Talybont-on-Usk shown within Powys
Population 719 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SO111226
Community
  • Talybont-on-Usk
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRECON
Postcode district LD3
Dialling code 01874
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
PowysCoordinates: 51°53′46″N 3°17′24″W / 51.896°N 3.290°W / 51.896; -3.290

Talybont-on-Usk (Welsh: Tal-y-bont ar Wysg) is a village and community in Powys, Wales. It lies on both the River Usk and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. It had a population in 2001 of 743,[2] reducing to 719 at the 2011 Census.

Governance[edit]

An electoral ward in the same name exists. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 1,923.[3]

History[edit]

Allt yr Esgair is a steep-sided hill to the north east of Talybont, and has an Iron Age settlement on the summit. There are other Iron Age and Bronze Age sites in the vicinity and a Roman road flanks the slopes of Allt yr Esgair. A small castle was built at Pencelli during the Norman invasion and this was later replaced by the sixteenth century Pencelli House. The canal was built around 1800 to transport lime, coal and iron to Newport. There are some lime kilns to the east of the village and a tramroad was built to transport limestone from the crags above.[4]

The village[edit]

The village is located on the B4558 road about six miles southeast of Brecon and eight miles northwest of Crickhowell. It is beside the River Usk and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and is connected to the A40 trunk road on the other side of the river by a short section of unclassified road.[5] The village has a shop and several pubs.[6] The valley one mile south of the village is dammed to form the Talybont Reservoir. This has a 380 metres (1,250 ft) dam and there are forest trails in its vicinity.[7] Talybont-on-Usk is a popular place for walkers and offers the Henry Vaughan walk through the nearby countryside where the 18th century poet once lived.[8] Another walk can be followed along the line of the former Brinore Tramroad which runs south from the canalside wharf in the village around the western flanks of Y Wenallt and Tor y Foel before heading to Trefil via the head of the Dyffryn Crawnon valley.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Powys Retrieved 2009-11-25
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Talybont history". Talybont-on-Usk. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ordnance Survey map 141: Brecon" (Map). One inch series. Ordnance Survey. 
  6. ^ Dragicevich, Peter; O'Carroll, Etain; Smith, Helena (2013). Lonely Planet Wales. Lonely Planet Publications. p. 219. ISBN 978-1-74321-816-7. 
  7. ^ "A walk beside Talybont Reservoir and in Talybont Forest". Brecon Beacons National Park. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Brecon Beacons National Park Retrieved 2015-06-15
  9. ^ "Brinore Tramroad". Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David, eds. (1990). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. New York: St. Martin's Press. 

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