Diocese of Swansea and Brecon

The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon was established as a Diocese of the Church in Wales in 1923 with Brecon Priory as the cathedral. The area of the diocese had formerly been the Archdeaconry of Brecon within the Diocese of St David's. The Diocese has a border with five other Welsh dioceses, as well as with the English Diocese of Hereford.

Diocese of Swansea and Brecon

Esgobaeth Abertawe ac Aberhonddu
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon.svg
Ecclesiastical provinceWales
ArchdeaconriesBrecon, Gower
Parishes75 (est)
CathedralBrecon Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopJohn Davies
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales

Edward Latham Bevan was made Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of St David's as Bishop of Swansea in 1915, and in 1923 he was elected as the first Bishop of the new diocese.

The current Bishop of the Diocese is the Right Reverend John Davies. He was elected as Bishop of Swansea and Brecon on 29 January 2008. Prior to being elected he was the Dean of Brecon Cathedral.

The current Archdeacons of The Swansea and Brecon Diocese are:

  • Brecon - The Venerable Alan Jevons
  • Gower - The Venerable Jonathan Davies


Archdeaconries and deaneriesEdit

Diocese Archdeaconry Deanery Paid clergy Churches Population People/clergy People/church Churches/clergy
Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Archdeaconry of Brecon Deanery of Greater Brecon 16 59 41,971 2,623 711 3.69
Deanery of Radnor and Builth 11 66 27,724 2,520 420 6
Archdeaconry of Gower Deanery of Afon Tawe (Swansea) 18 28 160,318 8,907 5,726 1.56
Deanery of Greater Gower 14 36 100,103 7,150 2,781 2.57
Total/average 59 189 330,116 5,595 1,747 3.2

List of churchesEdit

The diocese is in the process of creating a collection of Ministry Areas.

Afon Tawe (Swansea) DeaneryEdit

Benefice Churches Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Caereithin (St Teilo)[1] St Teilo, Caereithin [1] 1963 0 Penderry 11,311
Cwmtawe Uchaf[2] St John the Baptist, Callwen Medieval? (1893) 0 Llywel (Glyntawe area), Tawe-uchaf 1,811
Capel Coelbren, Coelbren C16th?
Glantawe (St Margaret) (St Peter)[3] St Margaret, Bonymaen c. 1910 0 Bonymaen 6,857
St Peter, Glantawe c. 1910
Landore and Treboeth[4] St Alban, Treboeth 1909 (1928) 1 Mynyddbach (part) 4,436
Llangiwg[5] St Peter, Pontardawe 1860 1 Clydach, Pontardawe 14,335
Clydach (St Mary) (St Michael)[6] St Mary, Clydach 1905 1
St Michael, Trebanos 1912
Llangyfelach (St David and St Cyfelach) (St Teilo-On-The-Clase)[7] SS David & Cyfelach, Llangyfelach [2] Medieval (early C19th) 1 Llangyfelach, Mawr, Mynyddbach (part) 8,796
Llansamlet (St Samlet) (St John) (St Paul)[8] St John, Birchgrove [3] 1891 1 Birchgrove, Llansamlet 14,433
St Samlet, Llansamlet Medieval (1879)
St Paul, Glais 1881
Manselton (St Michael and All Angels) and Cwmbwrla[9] St Michael & All Angels, Manselton 1906 1 Cwmbwrla, Landore 14,140
Morriston (St David)[10] St David, Morriston [4] 1891 1 Morriston 16,928
Swansea (St Barnabas)[11] St Barnabas, Swansea 1914 1 Swansea Uplands (part) 15,665
Swansea (St Gabriel)[12] St Gabriel, Swansea [5] 1886 (1889)
Swansea (St James)[13] St James, Uplands [6] 1867 1 Swansea Uplands (part)
Swansea (St Nicholas-On-The-Hill) and St Jude[14] St Nicholas-on-the-Hill, Townhill 1924 1 Swansea Townhill 8,696
Swansea (St Peter)[15] St Illtyd, Fforestfach [7] 1897 1 Swansea Cockett (part) 7,085
St Peter, Cockett 1856
Swansea (St Thomas) (St Stephen) and Kilvey[16] St Stephen, Swansea [8] c. 1899 (1907) 1 Swansea St Thomas 7,187
St Thomas, Swansea 1886
Swansea, Central (Christ Church) (St John) (St Mary and Holy Trinity)[17] St Mary, Swansea [9] Medieval (1962) 4 Swansea Castle 15,883
St John, Hafod 1879
Christ Church, Swansea pre-1872 (1872)
Ystalyfera (St David)[18] St David, Ystalyfera 1890 1 Ystalyfera 4,663
Ystradgynlais (St Cynog)[19] St Cynog, Ystradgynlais Medieval 1 Ystradgynlais 8,092

Greater Brecon DeaneryEdit

Benefice Churches Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Brecon (Cathedral of St John the Evangelist)[20] Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Brecon [10] Ancient (Medieval) 2 Brecon (St John ED) 3,342
Brecon (St David) with Llanspyddid and Llanilltyd[21] St David, Llanfaes Medieval (1861) 0 Brecon (St David Within ED), Glyn Tarell 2,430
Brecon (St Mary)[22] St Mary, Brecon [11] Medieval 1 Brecon (St Mary ED) 3,111
Llanddew (St David)[23] Holy Trinity, Llanddew Medieval 0 Llanddew 232
The Beacons[24] St Meugan, Llanfeugan Medieval 3 Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Bwlch area), Llanfrynach, Llangors, Talybont-on-Usk 2,883
St Tetti, Llanddetty Medieval
St Bridget, Llansantffraid-juxta-Usk Medieval? (1885)
St Brynach, Llanfrynach Medieval
St Mary, Cantref Medieval
SS Illtyd & Peter, Llanhamlach Medieval
Llyn Safaddan[25] St Michael, Llanfihangel Talyllyn Medieval (1865)
St Gastyn, Llangasty Talyllyn Medieval (1856)
St Paulinus, Llangorse Medieval
All Saints, Bwlch 1902
St Mary the Virgin, Llanywern Medieval
Blaenwysg[26] Rhydybriw Chapel of Ease, Defynnog C18th/19th (1860) 1 Cray, Llywel (Llywel area), Maescar 1,455
St Mary, Pont ar Hydfer 1889
St David, Llywel Medieval
St Ilid, Cray C19th (1883)
St Cynog, Defynnog Medieval
St Teilo, Llandeilo'r Fan Medieval
Cefn Coed (St John the Baptist) with Vaynor[27] St Gwynno, Vaynor Medieval (1870) 1 Vaynor, Ystradfellte 4,107
St John the Baptist, Cefncoedycwmmer 1870
Penderyn Mellte (St Cynog)[28] St John, Pontneathvaughan
St Mary, Ystradfellte Medieval
Brynmawr (St Mary the Virgin)[29] St Mary the Virgin, Brynmawr 1875 (1900) 0 Brynmawr 5,530
Crickhowell (St Edmund) with Cwmdu and Tretower[30] St Edmund, Crickhowell [12] Medieval 1 Crickhowell, Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Tretower area) 2,576
St Michael the Archangel, Llanfihangel Cwmdu Medieval
St John the Evangelist, Tretower pre-C18th (1877)
Llanelli (St Elli)[31] St Elli, Llanelly Medieval 1 Llanelly 3,899
Llangattock (St Cattwg) and Llangynidr[32] St Catwg, Llangattock [13] Medieval 0 Llangattock, Llangynidr 2,035
SS Cynidr & Mary, Llangynidr Medieval (1928)
The Vale of Gwrynne[33] St Issui, Partrishow Medieval 1 The Vale of Grwyney 738
St Peter, Llanbedr-Ystrad-Yw Medieval
St Cenau, Llangenny Medieval
Talgarth (St Gwendoline) with Bronllys with Llanfilo[34] St Mary, Bronllys Medieval (C19th) 1 Bronllys (Bronllys area), Felin-fach (Llanfilo area), Talgarth 2,487
St Bilo, Llanfilo Medieval
St Gwendoline, Talgarth Medieval
Dan Yr Eppynt[35] SS Cynidr & Mary, Aberyscir Medieval 1 Honddu Isaf, Merthyr Cynog, Trallong, Yscir 1,483
Bettws Penpont Parish Church Medieval? (1864)
St David, Trallwng Medieval
St Michael, Llanfihangel Nant-Bran Medieval (1882)
St Maelog, Llandefaelog Fach Medieval
St Michael, Llanfihangel Fechan c. 1790
St Cynog, Merthyr Cynog Medieval
Glasbury (St Peter) (All Saints) and Llowes with Clyro and Betws[36] St Peter, Glasbury Medieval (1837) 1 Clyro, Glasbury (Glasbury area), Gwernyfed 2,327
Holy Trinity, Bettws Clyro Medieval (1878)
St Michael & All Angels, Clyro Medieval (C19th)
All Saints, Cwmbach 1882
St Meilig, Llowes Medieval (1853)
Hay (St Mary) (St John) with Llanigon and Capel-Y-Ffin[37] St Mary, Capel-y-Ffin Medieval (1762) 1 Hay, Llanigon 2,076
St Mary, Hay-on-Wye [14] Medieval
St John, Hay-on-Wye 1934 (C19th)
St Eigon, Llanigon Medieval
Llandefalle (St Matthew) and Llyswen with Boughrood and Llanstephen with Talachddu[38] St Matthew, Llandefalle Medieval 1 Bronllys (Llyswen area), Felin-fach (Talachddu area), Glasbury (Boughrood area) 1,260
St Gwendoline, Llyswen Medieval (1863)
St Mary, Talachddu Medieval
St Steffan, Llanstephan Medieval
St Cynog, Boughrood Medieval? (1870)

Greater Gower DeaneryEdit

Benefice Churches Link Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Gorseinon (St Catherine)[39] St Catherine, Gorseinion [15] [16] 1913 1 Gorseinon, Grovesend and Waungron 9,824
Gowerton (St John the Evangelist)[40] St John the Evangelist, Gowerton [17] 1882 2 Gowerton 5,212
Loughor (St Michael) (St David)[41] St David, Loughor 1928 0 Llwchwr 9,134
St Michael, Loughor Medieval (1885)
Penllergaer (St David)[42] St David, Penllergaer 1838 (1886) 0 Penllergaer, Pontlliw and Tircoed 5,397
Llandeilo Tal-Y-Bont (St Teilo) (St Michael)[43] St Michael & All Angels, Pontardulais 1901 1 Pontardulais 6,281
St Teilo, Pontardulais 1851
Waunarllwydd (St Barnabas)[44] St Barnabas, Waunarlwydd [18] 1888 1 Swansea Cockett (part) 7,085
Killay (St Hilary) (St Martin)[45] St Hilary, Killay 1926 1 Dunvant, Killay, Sketty (part), Three Crosses, Upper Killay 20,150
St Martin, Dunvant 1949
Tycoch (All Souls)[46] All Souls, Tycoch [19] 1957
Sketty (St Paul) (Holy Trinity)[47] St Paul, Sketty [20] 1850 1 Sketty (part) 7,150
Holy Trinity, Sketty 1969
Three Cliffs[48] St Teilo, Bishopston [21] [22] Medieval 1 Bishopston, Ilston, Pennard 6,476
St Nicholas, Nicholaston Medieval (1894)
St John the Baptist, Penmaen Medieval (1855)
St Illtyd, Ilston Medieval
St Mary, Pennard Medieval (C16th?)
South West Gower[49] St Andrew, Penrice Medieval 1 Penrice, Port Eynon, Reynoldston, Rhossili 1,765
St Cadoc, Port Eynon Medieval
St George, Reynoldston Medieval (1867)
St Mary the Virgin, Rhossili Medieval
St David, Llanddewi Medieval
St Illtyd, Oxwich Medieval
Llangennith (St Cenydd) with Llanmadoc and Cheriton[50] St Cennydd, Llangennith Medieval 0 Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton 882
St Madoc, Llanmadoc Medieval
St Cadoc, Cheriton Medieval
Llanrhidian (St Rhidian and St Illtyd) with Llanyrnewydd[51] SS Rhidian & Illtyd, Llanrhidian [23] Medieval 1 Llanrhidian Higher, Llanrhidian Lower 4,147
St Gwynour, Penclawdd Medieval (1850)
St David's Mission Church, Penclawdd
Penlan Church, Penclawdd
Llwynderw (Holy Cross) (Clyne Chapel)[52] Holy Cross, West Cross [24] 1956 2 Mumbles (Mayals ED) 2,676
Clyne Chapel, Blackpill 1907
Newton (St Peter)[53] St Peter, Newton 1903 1 Mumbles (Newton ED) 3,316
Oystermouth (All Saints)[54] All Saints, Oystermouth [25] Medieval 1 Mumbles (Oystermouth & West Cross EDs) 10,608
Norton Mission Church


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  2. ^ "The Benefice of Cwmtawe Uchaf". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  3. ^ "The Benefice of Glantawe (St Margaret) (St Peter)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  4. ^ "The Benefice of Landore and Treboeth". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  5. ^ "The Benefice of Llangiwg". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  6. ^ "The Benefice of Clydach (St Mary) (St Michael)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  7. ^ "The Benefice of Llangyfelach (St David and St Cyfelach) (St Teilo-On-The-Clase)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  8. ^ "The Benefice of Llansamlet (St Samlet) (St John) (St Paul)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  9. ^ "The Benefice of Manselton (St Michael and All Angels) and Cwmbwrla". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  10. ^ "The Benefice of Morriston (St David)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  11. ^ "The Benefice of Swansea (St Barnabas)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  12. ^ "The Benefice of Swansea (St Gabriel)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  13. ^ "The Benefice of Swansea (St James)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  14. ^ "The Benefice of Swansea (St Nicholas-On-The-Hill) and St Jude". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  15. ^ "The Benefice of Swansea (St Peter)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  16. ^ "The Benefice of Swansea (St Thomas) (St Stephen) and Kilvey". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  17. ^ "The Benefice of Swansea, Central (Christ Church) (St John) (St Mary and Holy Trinity)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  18. ^ "The Benefice of Ystalyfera (St David)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  19. ^ "The Benefice of Ystradgynlais (St Cynog)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  20. ^ "Swansea and Brecon Cathedral". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  21. ^ "The Benefice of Brecon (St David) with Llanspyddid and Llanilltyd". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  22. ^ "The Benefice of Brecon (St Mary)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  23. ^ "The Benefice of Llanddew (St David)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  24. ^ "The Benefice of Beacons, The". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  25. ^ "The Benefice of Llyn Safaddan". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  26. ^ "The Benefice of Blaenwysg". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  27. ^ "The Benefice of Cefn Coed (St John the Baptist) with Vaynor". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  28. ^ "The Benefice of Penderyn Mellte (St Cynog)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  29. ^ "The Benefice of Brynmawr (St Mary the Virgin)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  30. ^ "The Benefice of Crickhowell (St Edmund) with Cwmdu and Tretower". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  31. ^ "The Benefice of Llanelli (St Elli)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  32. ^ "The Benefice of Llangattock (St Cattwg) and Llangyndir". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  33. ^ "The Benefice of Vale of Gwrynne, The". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  34. ^ "The Benefice of Talgarth (St Gwendoline) with Bronllys with Llanfilo". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  35. ^ "The Benefice of Dan Yr Eppynt". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  36. ^ "The Benefice of Glasbury (St Peter) (All Saints) and Llowes with Clyro and Betws". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  37. ^ "The Benefice of Hay (St Mary) (St John) with Llanigon and Capel-Y-Ffin". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  38. ^ "The Benefice of Llandefalle (St Matthew) and Llyswen with Boughrood and Llanstephen with Talachddu". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  39. ^ "The Benefice of Gorseinon (St Catherine)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  40. ^ "The Benefice of Gowerton (St John the Evangelist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  41. ^ "The Benefice of Loughor (St Michael) (St David)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  42. ^ "The Benefice of Penllergaer (St David)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  43. ^ "The Benefice of Llandeilo Tal-Y-Bont (St Teilo) (St Michael)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  44. ^ "The Benefice of Waunarllwydd (St Barnabas)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  45. ^ "The Benefice of Killay (St Hilary) (St Martin)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  46. ^ "The Benefice of Tycoch (All Souls)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  47. ^ "The Benefice of Sketty (St Paul) (Holy Trinity)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  48. ^ "The Benefice of Three Cliffs". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  49. ^ "The Benefice of Gower, South West". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  50. ^ "The Benefice of Llangennith (St Cenydd) with Llanmadoc and Cheriton". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  51. ^ "The Benefice of Llanrhidian (St Rhidian and St Illtyd) with Llanyrnewydd". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  52. ^ "The Benefice of Llwynderw (Holy Cross) (Clyne Chapel)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  53. ^ "The Benefice of Newton (St Peter)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  54. ^ "The Benefice of Oystermouth (All Saints)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.