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Near Brecknock

Near Brecknock

Artist: Varley, J.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1806

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVI

Item number: 21.d

Genre: Topographical Print

View near Brecknock, now more commonly known as Brecon in Wales. The town is situated on the River Usk near its confluence with the Rivers Hoddu and Tarell. Brecon takes its name from the Welsh word for the area, Brycheiniog, after a 5th century Welsh prince. The area developed after the establishment of a Norman castle that was built there in 1092. By the 16th century the town had become very important as it was positioned on the main road across Southern Wales from London to the coast. It not until the Industrial that Brecon lost its premier status to Cardiff.

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