Bishop of Swansea and Brecon

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The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon is the Ordinary of the Church in Wales Diocese of Swansea and Brecon.

A bishop is an ordained, consecrated, or appointed member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight.

Swansea City & County in Wales

Swansea, is a coastal city and county, officially known as the City and County of Swansea in Wales. Swansea lies within the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan and the ancient Welsh commote of Gŵyr on the southwest coast. The county area includes Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula. Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and the twenty-fifth largest city in the United Kingdom. According to its local council, the City and County of Swansea had a population of 241,300 in 2014. The last official census stated that the city, metropolitan and urban areas combined concluded to be a total of 462,000 in 2011; the second most populous local authority area in Wales after Cardiff.

Brecon market town in the county of Powys, Wales

Brecon, archaically known as Brecknock, is a market town and community in Powys, Wales, with a population in 2001 of 7,901, increasing to 8,250 at the 2011 census. Historically it was the county town of Brecknockshire (Breconshire); although its role as such was eclipsed with the formation of the County of Powys, it remains an important local centre. Brecon is the third-largest town in Powys, after Newtown and Ystradgynlais. It lies north of the Brecon Beacons mountain range, but is just within the Brecon Beacons National Park.


The diocese covers the City and County of Swansea and the ancient counties of Brecknockshire and Radnorshire. The diocesan cathedral is the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Evangelist in the town of Brecon, which was a parish church since the Reformation becoming elevated to cathedral status in 1923.

Historic counties of Wales Wikimedia list article

The historic counties of Wales are sub-divisions of Wales. They were used for various functions for several hundred years, but have been largely superseded by contemporary sub-national divisions, some of which bear some limited similarity to the historic entities in name and extent. They are alternatively known as ancient counties.

Brecknockshire historic county of Wales

Brecknockshire, also known as the County of Brecknock, Breconshire, or the County of Brecon is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, and a former administrative county. Named after its county town of Brecon, the county is mountainous and primarily rural.

Radnorshire Historic county of Wales

Radnor or Radnorshire is a sparsely populated area, one of thirteen historic and former administrative counties of Wales. It is represented by the Radnorshire area of Powys, which according to the 2011 census, had a population of 25,821. The historic county was bounded to the north by Montgomeryshire and Shropshire, to the east by Herefordshire, to the south by Brecknockshire and to the west by Cardiganshire.

The Bishop's residence is Ely Tower, Brecon. The office was created in 1923 at the founding of the diocese, an area stretching south to the coast of Gower and north into much of mid-Wales. Immediately prior to the diocese's erection, the first bishop, Edward Bevan, had served as Bishop of Swansea, a suffragan in the Diocese of St Davids. [1]

On 29 January 2008, John Davies, Dean of Brecon Cathedral was elected Bishop. The election followed the retirement of Anthony Pierce on 16 January, who served as bishop of the diocese from 1999. Davies was consecrated by the Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan in Llandaff Cathedral on 2 May 2008 and, on 24 May was enthroned at Brecon Cathedral as the ninth Bishop of Swansea and Brecon.

Anthony Edward Pierce, was the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon in the Church in Wales from 1998 to 2008.

List of the Bishops of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon

Bishops of Swansea and Brecon
1923 1934 Edward Bevan Previously suffragan/assistant Bishop of Swansea (Diocese of St Davids)
1934 1939 John Morgan
1939 1953 Edward Williamson
1953 1958 Glyn Simon
1958 1976 Jack Thomas
1976 1988 Benjamin Vaughan
1988 1999 Dewi Bridges
1999 2008 Anthony Pierce
2008 incumbent John Davies
Source(s): [2]


  1. Welsh icons (Archived 24 February 2012; accessed 7 October 2017)
  2. "Historical successions: Swansea and Brecon". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 22 July 2012.


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