Highly reverent recommendations

No trip to Brecon is complete without popping into the Norman cathedral to admire the architecture. But if you’re going to go, what should you stop to look at – and why? We asked the Very Reverend Geoffrey Marshall - Dean of Brecon Cathedral what his favourite spots in the cathedral were. Here’s what he said:

There are hundreds of reasons to visit Brecon Cathedral. But my top recommendations to see while you are there would be:

    The Colours of 1st Battalion the 24th Regiment of Foot

Regimental colours of South Wales Borders hanging in Brecon Cathedral

Regimental Colours of South Wales Borders, Brecon Cathedral by Sheepdog Rex
This famous Welsh regiment served with such distinction during the Zulu War of 1879 they were made famous by the Stanley Baker film, Zulu. Given their unique nature, these Colours have been preserved for posterity in purpose built perspex cases.

Along with the colours, there is a Roll of Honour commemorating all those who died in the two World Wars, while other members of 24th Regiment have personal memorial plaques on the backs of the pews that are well worth looking out for.

    The cathedral font

The font at Brecon Cathedral

The Font at Brecon Cathedral by Nick Kaye
Get your cameras at the ready, as the cathedral font is simply stunning. This has the distinction of being the largest Norman font in Wales and dates from c.1150 (but perhaps was built nearly 200 years before that) and has grotesque, symbolical carvings.

    The Rood Crucifix

In 1538 King Henry VIII destroyed Brecon’s rood screen – the division between the monks and the people in the cathedral. A gold crucifix used to hang on the rood screen and for hundreds of years people from all over Wales and beyond came on pilgrimage to touch it. To commemorate it, we recently hung a life-size bronze crucifix near where the rood screen used to be. Made by the artist Helen Sinclair, the crucifix weighs 90 kg and was cast from driftwood on Rhossili beach on the Gower.