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Brecknock Museum

A Grade II* Listed Building in Brecon, Powys

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Latitude: 51.9462 / 51°56'46"N

Longitude: -3.3894 / 3°23'21"W

OS Eastings: 304601

OS Northings: 228434

OS Grid: SO046284

Mapcode National: GBR YP.MFXD

Mapcode Global: VH6BZ.6BJW

Plus Code: 9C3RWJW6+F7

Entry Name: Brecknock Museum

Listing Date: 16 January 1952

Last Amended: 4 November 2005

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7116

Building Class: Recreational

Also known as: Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery

ID on this website: 300007116

Location: Prominently sited at Junction of The Watton and the Bulwark.

County: Powys

Town: Brecon

Community: Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Community: Brecon

Built-Up Area: Brecon

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Built between 1839 and 1843 as the Shire Hall, and included Law Court; TH Wyatt and David Brandon, architects. Converted to museum in 1970s with inserted concrete floors and stairs.


Former Shire Hall and Law Court. Greek Revival style. Combe Down bathstone ashlar; rusticated grey stone plinth. Steps rise to tetrastyle Doric portico with fluted columns; inner porch with 2 similar columns in antis. Triglyph frieze and cornice runs round whole building. To each side of portico, a lower block with plain pilasters and tripartite window with sash glazing. Side elevations with 3 tall sash windows with architraves and bracketed cornices. To R, towards Bulwark, recessed block with blind doorway, and, recessed again, block with doorway and window. In front of this, iron railings and gatepiers. Polygonal rear elevation of courtroom. To L of entrance front, area enclosed by dwarf wall, railings and gatepiers; then, linked by more railings and a set of gatepiers, a late C19 two-storey block in yellow brick; 4 window front with 12-pane sash windows; door with 2 long panels; further lower block with one window.


Interior adapted to museum use with inserted floors. At rear of building, visible from inserted mezzanine floor is the former court room. Apse with giant Ionic pilasters. Some court fittings have been left as a museum display, but turned through 180 degrees, ie the bench formerly faced the rear of the building. Some Greek revival details visible, and others believed to survive beneath conversion.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as fine Greek Revival Shire Hall retaining its exterior chracter.

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