Breconshire Constabulary Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Breconshire Constabulary, 1867-1948, including Chief Constable's records, 1919-1945; Hay Constabulary records, 1867-1925; and 'B' District, register of Pedlars' Certificates, 1886-1948.

Administrative / Biographical History

Superintendent Constables were appointed in Breconshire in 1840 following Peel's County Police Act 1839 to oversee the activities of the existing parish constables responsible for enforcing the law. It was not until after the County and Borough Police Act 1856 that Breconshire Constabulary was formed. Constables were stationed in Talgarth, Brecon, Crickhowell and Hay-on-Wye. The Breconshire Constabulary was disbanded in 1948 and became part of the Mid-Wales Constabulary, which became Dyfed-Powys Police in 1968.


Arranged into the following: Chief Constable; Hay Constabulary; and 'B' District records.

Access Information

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Breconshire Constabulary, catalogue; UK Police History, (, viewed 11 February 2005; Powys Digital History Project, Victorian Powys, Talgarth and District, Crime and Punishment, (, viewed 11 February 2005.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Powys County Archives Service have been retained.