Bronllys is a village and community in Powys, Wales between the nearby towns Brecon and Talgarth. Bronllys is also the name of an electoral ward to Powys County Council. The community includes Llyswen.

Bronllys Church Tower and graveyard
Detached Tower of St Mary's Church, Bronllys
Bronllys is located in Powys
Location within Powys
Area12.2 km2 (4.7 sq mi) [1]
Population853 (2011)[2]
• Density70/km2 (180/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSO144350
• Cardiff58 km (36 mi) South
• London223 km (139 mi) East
  • Bronllys
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRECON
Postcode districtLD3
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°00′25″N 3°14′56″W / 52.007°N 3.249°W / 52.007; -3.249Coordinates: 52°00′25″N 3°14′56″W / 52.007°N 3.249°W / 52.007; -3.249


The village is in the historic county of Brecknockshire (Breconshire). It has recently benefited from a new bypass as part of the Talgarth Relief Road and Bronllys Bypass scheme.

Despite being a small village it has a swimming pool and small leisure centre, post office and hospital.

Bronllys CastleEdit

Bronllys Castle motte and tower

Bronllys Castle is a motte and bailey fortress standing south of the village, towards Talgarth. The castle was founded in or soon after 1100, by Richard Fitz Pons, the owner of the adjacent Herefordshire barony of Clifford, who was a supporter of Bernard of Neufmarché, Lord of Brecknock (in which the land around Bronllys fell). Richard's castle was of the motte-and-bailey design, but only wooden.

In 1521, the year the castle became a crown property, the antiquarian John Leland went to inspect it, reporting that it had fallen into great disrepair; by 1583 the disrepair was substantially worse. It is now in the care of Cadw, the arm of the Welsh Assembly charged with care of historic monuments and is open to the public between April and October.[3]

Bedo BrwynllysEdit

The minor Welsh bard Bedo Brwynllys lived in Bronllys in the 15th century. His poetry is characteristic of a follower or imitator of Dafydd ap Gwilym and is mainly love poetry or religious poetry and some eulogistic poems such as his elegy for Sir Richard Herbert of Coldbrook, written in 1469.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes Erwood and at the 2011 Census had a total population of 1,282.[4] The ward elects a county councillor to Powys County Council.


  1. ^ " Bronllys Community". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Community population 2011". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Bronllys Castle". Cadw. Welsh Government. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  • Remfry, P.M., The Castles of Breconshire [Logaston, 1999]

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