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St Mary the Virgin

St Mary's has occupied this site for over 900 years, although we are uncertain of the date of consecration.

Brecon, Powys

Opening times

Open daily.


St Marys Street

Originally built as a chapel of ease to the Priory (now Cathedral), the Norman pillar and grant from the Town Council in the 12th century for the offering of Mass, testify to its early foundation. Much rebuilding of the Norman structure took place in the 14th and 15th centuries.

However, it was during the Victorian period that the most extensive rebuilding, much of it devitalizing, took place. Changes made during the 20th century were carried out by the renowned architect WD Caroe whilst Cathedral architect.

The two altars, reredos, choir stalls, organ case and parclose screen are all his work or that of his son, Alban. More recent work has included the east window of the welcoming and reigning Christ by local artist, John Petts in 1989, and the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham (in the niche above the Norman pillar) by Michael Tandy in 1997.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Church in Wales

Contact information

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Plough Chapel

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The first chapel on this site was a meeting room in a building also used as a pub called The Plough, which stood here in the 17th century.

Brecon Cathedral

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The Cathedral welcomes everyone who passes through, if you are visiting as a tourist, come to offer your personal prayers and light a candle, or interested in history, architecture or stained glass windows.