The Guildhall has occupied the same site for 700 years and has undergone many changes since. In 1556 the Royal Charter of Philip and Mary defined Brecon as a Corporate Town which allowed the town to appoint Bailiffs and Aldermen who were the forerunners of present day Mayors. The replacement of the first Guildhall which consisted of a two storey wooden building took place in 1623 by John Abel. By 1770 a replacement of Abel’s building was needed and was carried out, on the same site, by builder Andrew Maund. In the early 19th century the building housed an armoury, a market hall and court. Another renovation was completed in 1888 giving the form which we see today, which includes a Council Chamber on the ground floor and Theatre on the first floor.
History of the office
The Town Council was formed following Local Government reorganisation in 1974. It holds meetings at the Guildhall and consists of 15 Members serving Brecon’s four wards. Full Council meetings usually take place on the fourth Monday of each month in the Chamber commencing at 7.00pm. Standing committees include the Planning, Guildhall and Staffing Committee, the Environment and Events Committee and the Finance and Commissioning of Contracts Committee. Meetings are open to the public and press, and the minutes are available.
There are many artefacts on display in the Council Chamber, foyer and entrance hall depicting the Council’s link with Royalty, Military and their Twin Towns in America, France and Nepal.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm.
Telephone: 01874 622884