Brecon (brĕk´ən) or Brecknock (brĕk´nŏk, –nək), town (1981 pop. 7,422), Powys, S Wales, at the junction of the Honddu and Usk rivers. It is a market for the surrounding agricultural and cattle-raising area. Brecon was founded by the Normans c.1091. In the town are fragments of an 11th-century castle; Christ College, founded by Henry VIII in 1542; and the 11th-century priory church of St. John, which became a cathedral in 1923.
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