Brecon Circuit 1735 - 1799
The Brecon Circuit covered
the three counties of Brecon, Glamorgan and Radnorshire.
The Great Sessions, as
they were called in Wales, were held twice a year at Brecon, Cardiff
(except from 1768 to 1767 when they were held at Cowbridge) and Presteigne.
A total of 25 confirmed executions together with 7 probable ones have been traced for this circuit.
4 confirmed executions have been recorded, together with 2 probable ones.
It is unclear where the
early executions took place. Dewi Davies in “Law and Disorder in Breconshire
records the executions of 1789 and 1791 as taking place in front of the gaol at Brecon.
16 confirmed executions and 1 probable one have been traced.
Glamorgan executions took place at Little Heath, Cardiff or Stalling Down, Cowbridge.
5 confirmed and 4 probable executions have been traced.
Executions were carried out at Gallows Lane, Presteigne.