Brecon Cathedral, Powys, Wales
The small but important Welsh Market Town of Brecon (pop approx. 8500), lying in the shadows of the Brecon Beacons, supports a very much wider agricultural community in this part of rural Powys.
Since 1920 it has also been the home of Brecon Cathedral.
The Cathedral is on an enclosed circular hill, so is quite peaceful and secluded in its own grounds. There has of course been a church on this location for many centuries. The original church of Saint John, a Norman construction was built in 1093. It is also thought to have been built on the site of a much earlier Celtic Church. St. Johns was rebuilt in the gothic style in 1215, also blessed with a new name of Holy Rood (Holy Cross) but for many centuries it suffered troubles. The Dissolution of the Monasteries was of course the worst.
However despite it many troubles the church was renovated and eventually made the Cathedral we see today.
I described the Cathedral as peaceful and there is no better place to feel that peace than to stand in the centre of the Nave with its stone pillars and arched ceilings
The Nave, Brecon Cathedral
(C) David Oakes 2018