24th Annual Colloquium Programme


Friday 26th-Sunday 28th April 2019    BRECON CASTLE HOTEL

The Twenty-fourth Vaughan Association Colloquium will be held at The Castle of Brecon Hotel from teatime on Friday, April 26th to lunchtime on Sunday, April 28th, 2018. The first ‘modern’ hotel of its kind in Brecon and among the earliest in Wales, ‘The Castle’, standing on a prominent hill in the Georgian centre of the town, is a late Regency rebuilding (begun in 1809) of an existing house within the ivy-clad Norman fortress site, and abutts directly on its Great Hall. Nearby stands the ancient Priory (now Cathedral) and the Priory Grove dear to Henry Vaughan; and before it a view over Brecon and the river Usk towards the Brecon Beacons. In a land of ruined castles, monasteries and mountains, the scene is still an epitome of the Romantic ‘Sublime and Picturesque’.

Brecon has for us the added attraction of the Vaughan connection. Henry (and very likely Thomas) enjoyed its congenial inns; here in the Priory Grove, whose owner Sir Herbert Price was her relative by marriage, he courted his first wife, Catherine; and here in the Civil War the twins joined Colonel Price’s Royalist regiment. Henry may even have met Charles I in the Priory when the King came rallying support in 1645; and he certainly looked on indignant as the townsmen demolished Brecon’s defences to forestall a damaging siege, effectively capitulating to Parliament.  Beyond the town, not far down the Usk Valley, lie the Vaughans’ birthplace and Henry’s main home at Newton Farm near Scethrog from which most of his publications are dated; a mile on in Llansantffraed churchyard is Henry’s grave with its famous tombstone; across the tiver at Talybont-on-Usk is the new Vaughan Walk; and downstream stands recently refurbished Tretower Court, home of the twins’ paternal grandparents, and one of the finest medieval manor houses in Wales.


The privately owned Hotel has 43 well-equipped en-suite bedrooms, a bar, restaurant, private dining facilities for conferences, free wi-fi in downstairs areas, and ample free off-street parking.

Speakers for 2019  include:

Details to come.


Arrival Friday tea at 4pm, if possible. Dinner at 7.00pm followed by first talk. Saturday two talks before lunch; afternoon free with optional guided walk. Dinner at 7.00pm  followed by poetry readings. Sunday two talks, after breakfast; followed (after coffee) by the Association AGM to which all are invited. Memorial Evensong at Llansantffraed Church at 3pm concludes the weekend.

Meal Times:

Breakfast from 7.30 am             Lunch 1.00pm               Tea  4.00pm                 Dinner 7.00pm


Please fill in this booking form and send it to Dr Simone Thomas:

Details will be posted soon.

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