Crickhowell District Archive Centre

Contacting and visiting the Archive Centre

The Archive Centre is open to visitors on Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

If these times are not convenient then please call or email us to arrange an appointment out of hours.

Visitors are encouraged to contact the archive centre first if they have specific requests or enquiries as this allows volunteers to prepare in advance, and ensure a successful visit.


We can also

  • carry out research on your behalf
  • help with your other enquiries
  • and process your orders.

You can visit our online shop to become a Friend, or buy our publications. You can send us enquiries and orders by post.

If you would like help with family or local history then please contact us.

Email us at or use our enquiry form.


A unique collection of local resources, dating back as far as the 16th Century

Family and local history resources

Researching your family history? Interested in the Crickhowell district? Ask our helpful volunteers!

Documents and records

Records and original documents including wills, deeds, street directories, and parish records

Publications and guides

From the workhouse to World War One, from newsletters to guides to books

Photographs and images

A fascinating range of photographs and illustrations from Victorian times to the present day 


Welcome to the Crickhowell District Archive Centre (CDAC) which serves the small town of Crickhowell (population ca. 2,800) in the south east of Powys, and the seven historic parishes which surround it – Cwmdu, Llanbedr Ystradwy, Llangattock, Llangenny, Llangynidr, Partrishow and Llanelly (now Monmouthshire).

These parishes once comprised the old Hundred of Crickhowell and later the Rural District of Crickhowell in Breconshire.

It is an area of considerable diversity, ranging from the high moor lands which form the mountainous rim of the South Wales Coalfield in the south, across the lush lowland farmland and villages of the Usk valley which comprise a central south-easterly trending corridor, to include a large part of the lonely high ridges and deep and sparsely populated valleys of the Black Mountains to the north.

Our archives are of a mainly rural region, though also have relevance to the industrial towns to the south, because before 1894 parts of Brynmawr, Beaufort, Tredegar and the Clydach Gorge lay within Breconshire and in the parishes we cover.

We welcome enquiries by phone, email and in person, plus you can see more about the site and the town on our Facebook page as well.

Opening Hours

See top for current opening details.

Our office is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Please email us:



CDAC is situated on the first floor of Ty-y-Fro, the Crickhowell Resources and Information Centre (CRiC) building on Beaufort Street in the town centre.

The CRiC provides information on the local area (including accommodation), internet access, a coffee shop and a gallery.

There is a car park at the rear (access from Greenhill Way, off the A40).

Postcode NP8 1BN

Map and directions are here.

Contact us


Crickhowell District Archive Centre, Ty-y-Fro, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1BN

Telephone / Answerphone

01873 810 922


Become a Friend of the Archive

For £10 a year you can become a Friend of the Crickhowell District Archive Centre. Your subscription will help support our archive centre in its work.

You'll receive two newsletters a year with fascinating articles about Crickhowell and District history as well as news about the work of the centre.

Membership runs from 1 May – 30 April annually.