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Encyclopedia > Powys
Powys principal area
Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 1st
5,196 km²
? %
Admin HQ Llandrindod Wells
ISO 3166-2 GB-POW
ONS code 00NN
Demographics
Population:
- (2006 est.)
- Density
 
Ranked 10th
131,100
Ranked 22nd
25 / km²
Ethnicity 99.3% White
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 7th
30.1%
Politics

Powys Council
http://www.powys.gov.uk/
Control Independent
MPs
AMs
MEPs

Powys is a local government principal area and a preserved county in Wales. map showing Powys within Wales File links The following pages link to this file: Powys Categories: GFDL images ... Area is the measure of how much exposed area any two dimensional object has. ... This is a list of principal areas of Wales ordered by area. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km² and 10,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Llandrindod Wells (Welsh: Llandrindod), known locally as Llandod, is a town in mid Wales. ... The ISO 3166-2 codes for the United Kingdom correspond to the nations administrative divisions. ... The Office for National Statistics coding system is a hierarchical code used in the United Kingdom for tabulating census and other statistical data. ... For other uses, see Density (disambiguation). ... This is a list of principal areas of Wales ordered by population. ... This is a List of Welsh principal areas by population density in the 2001 UK census. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... This is a List of Welsh principal areas by the percentage of those professing some skills in the Welsh language in the 2001 UK census. ... Image File history File links Powys-coa. ... This is a list of MPs elected in the UK general election, 2005 to the House of Commons for the Fifty-Fourth Parliament of the United Kingdom at the United Kingdom general election, 2005, arranged by constituency. ... Martyn David Jones (born 1 March 1947) is a politician in Wales. ... Lembit Öpik (pronounced in Estonian) (born 2 March 1965) is a British politician of Estonian descent. ... Roger Hugh Williams (born January 22, 1948, Crickhowell) is a British Member of Parliament, a Liberal Democrat elected from Brecon and Radnorshire in 2001. ... The National Assembly for Wales is composed of 60 members known as AMs or assembly members (in Welsh: ACau or Aelodaur Cynulliad). ... Karen Sinclair AM (born 20 Nov 1952 in Wrexham) is a Labour politician and member for the constituency of Clwyd South in the National Assembly for Wales. ... Mick Bates (born Loughborough1947) is a Welsh Liberal Democrat politician, and has been Member of the Welsh Assembly for Montgomeryshire since 1999. ... Kirsty Williams (born 1971) is a Welsh Liberal Democrat politician, and Member of the Welsh Assembly for Brecon and Radnorshire. ... Mid and West Wales is an electoral region of the National Assembly for Wales, consisting of eight constituencies. ... A Member of the European Parliament (English abbreviation MEP)[1] is a member of the European Unions directly-elected legislative body, the European Parliament. ... The European Parliament election, 2004 was the UK part of the European Parliament election, 2004. ... For local government purposes, Wales is divided into 22 unitary authorities. ... The Preserved counties of Wales are the current areas used in Wales for ceremonial purposes such as Lieutenancy. ... This article is about the country. ...

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Geography

See the list of places in Powys for all towns and villages in Powys.

Powys covers the former administrative counties of Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire, most of Brecknockshire, and a small part of Denbighshire — an area of 5,196 km², making it the largest principal area in Wales by land area. This is a list of towns and villages in the principal area of Powys, Wales. ... Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn) is an inland traditional county of Wales. ... Radnorshire (Welsh: ) is one of thirteen historic counties and former administrative counties of Wales. ... Brecknockshire (Welsh: ), also known as Breconshire, or the County of Brecon is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, and a former administrative county. ... Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is a county in North Wales. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ...


It is bounded to the north by Gwynedd, Denbighshire and Wrexham; to the west by Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire; to the east by England (counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire); and to the south by Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly (county borough), Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Neath Port Talbot. This article is about the county of Wales. ... Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is a county in North Wales. ... Wrexham is a county borough in northern Wales. ... For other uses please see Ceredigion (disambiguation) Ceredigion is a county and principal area in mid Wales. ... Carmarthenshire (Welsh: ) is a one of thirteen historic counties and a principal area in Wales. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Shropshire (pronounced /, -/), alternatively known as Salop[6] or abbreviated Shrops[7], is a county in the West Midlands of England. ... For the similarly named county in the East of England, see Hertfordshire. ... Rhondda Cynon Taff (Welsh: Rhondda Cynon T f) is a county borough in Glamorgan, South Wales. ... Merthyr Tydfil (Welsh: ) is a town and county borough in Wales, with a population of about 55,000. ... Caerphilly [county borough] is a local government principal area in southern Wales, straddling the boundary between the traditional counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire. ... Blaenau Gwent is a county borough and parliamentary constituency in South Wales. ... Monmouthshire (Welsh: ) is both a historic county and principal area in south-east Wales. ... Neath Port Talbot (Welsh: ) is a county borough in Glamorgan, south Wales. ...


Most of Powys is mountainous, with north-south transportation by car being difficult.


The majority of the Powys population is made up of small villages and towns. The largest is Newtown, with a population of 12,783 (2001). Newtown town centre Newtown (Welsh: ) is a town with a population of 10,783 (2001) lying on the River Severn in Mid Wales. ...


Just under a third of the residents have Welsh linguistical skills and Welsh speakers are concentrated mainly in the rural areas both in and around Machynlleth, Llanfyllin and Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant (where William Morgan first translated the whole Bible into Welsh in 1588) in Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), and the industrial area of Ystradgynlais in the extreme south-west of Brecknockshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog). Radnorshire (Welsh: Sir Faesyfed) was almost completely Anglicised by the end of the 18th century. , Machynlleth (pronounced ; sometimes abbreviated to Mach) is a market town in the traditional county of Montgomeryshire (Sir Drefaldwyn), north Powys in Wales. ... Llanfyllin is a small town in Powys, traditional county of Montgomeryshire, mid Wales, lying on the River Cain by the Berwyn Mountains. ... Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant is a village in Powys, Wales, lying on the River Rhaeadr by the Berwyn Mountains. ... William Morgan [aka MOG] (1545 – September 10, 1604), was Bishop of Llandaff and of St Asaph, and the translator of the first version of the whole Bible into Welsh. ... 1588 was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Ystradgynlais is a town on the River Tawe in south west Powys, Wales. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Radnorshire (Welsh: ) is one of thirteen historic counties and former administrative counties of Wales. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ...


For a map of the current distribution of Welsh speakers in the county, see the website of bwrdd-yr-iaith/The Welsh Language Board

Distribution of Welsh speakers

Image File history File links Siaradwyr_y_Gymraeg_ym_Mhrif_Ardaloedd_Cymru. ... Image File history File links Siaradwyr_y_Gymraeg_ym_Mhrif_Ardaloedd_Cymru. ...

Schools

Top performing secondary schools in Powys, 5 GCSEs, grades A-C, according to the latest inspection reports from Estyn[1]. Estyn (Welsh (verb): to extend) is the office of Her Majestys Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales. ...



83% Llanidloes High school, Llanidloes (Bilingual) , Llanidloes is a town in Powys, within the historic county boundaries of Montgomeryshire(Welsh: ), mid Wales. ...


77% Builth Wells High School, Builth Wells (Bilingual) Builth Wells (Welsh: ) is a town in Powys, traditional county of Brecknockshire, mid Wales, lying on the River Wye. ...


74% Llanfyllin High School, Llanfyllin (Bilingual) Llanfyllin is a small town in Powys, traditional county of Montgomeryshire, mid Wales, lying on the River Cain by the Berwyn Mountains. ...


72% Crickhowell High School, Crickhowell Crickhowell (Welsh: Crughywel or Crucywel) is a town in Powys, traditional county of Brecknockshire, mid Wales. ...


64% Welshpool High School, Welshpool Welshpool Town Hall Welshpool (Welsh: ) is a town in Powys, Wales, only 4 miles (6 km) from the border with England. ...


63% Caereinion High Sch, Llanfair Caereinion (Bilingual) Llanfair Caereinion is a small town in Powys in eastern Wales upon the River Einion (also known as the River Banwy). ...


61% Gwernyfed High School, Three Cocks


57% Brecon High School, Brecon (Bilingual) The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin at Brecon, the starting point of the Taff Trail. ...


56% John Beddoes School, Presteigne John Beddoes School is a Secondary or Comprehensive school for boys and girls. ... , Presteigne (Welsh: ) was the county town of the traditional county of Radnorshire. ...


52% Ysgol Maes y Dderwen, Ystradgynlais Ystradgynlais is a town on the River Tawe in south west Powys, Wales. ...


49% Ysgol Bro Ddyfi, Machynlleth (Bilingual) , Machynlleth (pronounced ; sometimes abbreviated to Mach) is a market town in the traditional county of Montgomeryshire (Sir Drefaldwyn), north Powys in Wales. ...


42% Newtown High School, Newtown Newtown High School is a public school in Newtown, Connecticut. ... Newtown town centre Newtown (Welsh: ) is a town with a population of 10,783 (2001) lying on the River Severn in Mid Wales. ...



All are substantially out-performed by the county's leading independent school - Christ College, Brecon. In 2007 91.3% achieved grades A - C in GCSE examinations[2]. This article is about a school in Wales. ...


History

This area is named after the older Welsh/British Kingdom of Powys, which occupied the northern two thirds of the area as well as lands now in England, and came to an end when it was occupied by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd of Gwynedd during the 1260s. Medieval kingdoms of Wales. ... Arms used by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Llywelyn ap Gruffudd or Gruffydd (c. ... For the fictional Kingdom of Gwynedd in the Deryni series of novels, see Gwynedd (fictional). ...


Heraldry

The gold in the county coat of arms (see right) symbolises the wealth of the area. Black for both mining and the Black Mountains. The fountain is a medieval heraldic charge, always shown as a roundel barry wavy Argent and Azure. It represents water and, therefore, both refers to the water catchment area and the rivers and lakes. The arms, therefore, contain references to the hills and mountains, rivers and lakes, water supply and industry. There are several mountain ranges named the Black Mountains. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... Heraldry in its most general sense encompasses all matters relating to the duties and responsibilities of officers of arms. ... In heraldry, a charge is an image occupying the field on an escutcheon (or shield). ...


The crest continues the colouring of the arms. A tower has been used in preference to a mural crown, which alludes to the county's military history and remains. From the tower rises a red kite, a bird almost extinct elsewhere in Britain, but thriving here. The bird is semy of black lozenges for the former coal mining industry, while the golden fleece it carries is a reference to the importance of sheep rearing in Powys [3]). Binomial name Milvus milvus Linnaeus, 1758 The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers. ...


The county motto is, Powys - the paradise of Wales (Welsh: Powys Pardwys Cymru) . Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ...


Government

Powys from 1974-1996.
See also: Powys County Council

Powys was originally created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and originally had Montgomery and Radnor and Brecknock as districts under it, which were based directly on the former administrative counties. preserved county of Wales File links The following pages link to this file: Powys Categories: GFDL images ... Arms of Powys County Council; granted 1985. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. ... The Montgomeryshire district was one of three districts of Powys from 1974 - 1996. ... The Radnorshire district was one of three districts of Powys from 1974 - 1996. ... The Borough of Brecknock (Welsh: ) was one of the three local government districts of Powys from 1974 to 1996. ...


On 1 April 1996, the districts were abolished, and Powys was reconstituted as a unitary authority, with a minor border adjustment in the north-east (specifically the addition of the communities of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Llansilin and Llangedwyn from Glyndwr district in Clwyd, all historically part of Denbighshire). is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant is a village in Powys, Wales, lying on the River Rhaeadr by the Berwyn Mountains. ... Llansilin is a village in Powys, Wales, about 6 miles west of Oswestry. ... Llangedwyn is a village in Powys, Wales. ... Categories: UK geography stubs | Geography of Wales ... Clwyd is a preserved county of Wales, formed from the traditional counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire, and parts of Merionethshire. ... Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is a county in North Wales. ...


The first Lord Lieutenant of Powys was previously the Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. The Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire and Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire were appointed as Lieutenants. This is an incomplete list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant for Powys. ... The following is a list of people that have held the title of Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. ... This is an incomplete list of people who served as Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire. ... This is an incomplete list of people who have served as Lord-Lieutenant of Radnorshire. ...


The present Lord Lieutenant is The Hon. Mrs Elizabeth Shân Legge-Bourke LVO of Crickhowell. Flag of a Lord-Lieutenant The title Lord-Lieutenant is given to the British monarchs personal representatives around the United Kingdom. ... Elizabeth Shân Josephine Legge-Bourke, LVO neé Bailey (b. ... Victoria founded the Royal Victorian Order. ... Crickhowell (Welsh: Crughywel or Crucywel) is a town in Powys, traditional county of Brecknockshire, mid Wales. ...


Places of interest

Cave systems

Speleothems in Hall of the Mountain Kings Ogof Craig a Ffynnon (Welsh for Rock and Fountain Cave) is a cave of around 13 km in length, making it currently the 6th longest in Wales and 10th in the UK. The cave is renowned as one of the most well-decorated... Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (Welsh for Cave of the Black Spring) is a cave located under a hillside in the Upper Swansea Valley in Wales. ... Ogof y Daren Cilau is a cave system of approximately 27km in length in Wales on the Llangattock escarpment, close to Ogof Agen Allwedd. ...

Reservoirs and Lakes

Separating dam at Caban Coch The Elan Valley Reservoirs are a chain of man-made lakes in Wales, west of Rhayader, (also known as the Welsh Lake District), using the rivers Elan and Claerwen. ... Lake Vyrnwy (Llyn Efyrnwy or Fyrnwy in Welsh) is a Victorian reservoir in North Wales built in the 1880s by the Corporation of Liverpool to provide fresh water for the city, over 70 miles away. ... Clywedog Dam The Clywedog reservoir (in Welsh Llyn Clywedog) is a reservoir in mid Wales near the town of Llanidloes in Powys. ...

Museums and exhibitions

The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin at Brecon, the starting point of the Taff Trail. ... The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is an eco-centre in Wales dedicated to demonstrating and teaching sustainable development. ... , Machynlleth (pronounced ; sometimes abbreviated to Mach) is a market town in the traditional county of Montgomeryshire (Sir Drefaldwyn), north Powys in Wales. ... Welshpool Town Hall Welshpool (Welsh: ) is a town in Powys, Wales, only 4 miles (6 km) from the border with England. ...

Castles

Dolforwyn Castle was built by Llewelyn ap Gruffydd in 1273 but fell to the English army under Roger Mortimer and Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln, in 1277. ... Montgomery Castle is a masonry castle looking over the town of Montgomery in mid Wales. ... Powis Castle Powis Castle is a medieval castle located near the town of Welshpool, in Powys, traditional county of Montgomeryshire, mid Wales. ... We dont have an article called Tretower Castle Start this article Search for Tretower Castle in. ... The remains of the Aberedw Castle, also known as Castle in Elvayl Huchmenyt[1], are located in the small village Aberedw located in historically known Radnorshire. ...

Walks

The Wye Valley Walk is a long distance footpath in Wales, from Chepstow in Monmouthshire to Rhayader in Powys, via Newtown, Presteigne and Builth Wells. ... , Chepstow (Welsh: Cas-gwent) is a border town straddling the Wales—England (Monmouthshire—Gloucestershire) border, situated at the confluence of the River Wye and River Severn on the Severns west bank. ... The A470 passing through Rhayader Rhayader (Welsh: ) is a busy and historic market town in Mid Wales. ... A signpost near Llandegla, Denbighshire Offas Dyke Path (Welsh: Llwybr Clawdd Offa) is a long distance footpath along the Welsh-English border. ... Glyndwrs Way is a Long distance footpath in Mid Wales in the United Kingdom and is 206 km long. ...

Others

The Black Mountains are a group of hills in south-eastern Wales, and a small part of Herefordshire, England. ... Part of the Brecon Beacons, looking from the highest point Pen y Fan, 886 m (2907 feet), to Cribyn, 795 m (2608 feet) The Brecon Beacons (Welsh: Bannau Brycheiniog) are a mountain range located in the south-east of Wales. ... 823 The Countess and 822 The Earl - the two original W&LLR engines. ... Radnor Forest. ...

External links

References

  1. ^ Estyn reports for Powys. Retrieved on 20 Nov, 2007.
  2. ^ Christ College. Retrieved on 11 March, 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.ngw.nl/int/gbr/p/powys.htm International Civic Heraldry site
  4. ^ http://www.mikehollandphotographic.co.uk/photo_51647.html Langorse Lake at dawn

Coordinates: 52°20′N, 3°25′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Kingdom of Powys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2023 words)
Through-out the early Dark Ages, Powys was ruled by the Gwerthernion dynasty, a family claiming descent jointly from the marriage of Vortigern and Princess Sevira, the daughter of Magnus Maximus.
In 616 Powys was attacked by Æthelfrith of Northumbria in his pursuit of a political rival, Edwin of Northumbria, who had sought refuge in Gwynedd.
Powys was united with Gwynedd when king Merfyn Frych of Gwynedd married princess Nest, the sister of king Cyngen of Powys, the last representative of the Gwertherion dynasty.
Powys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (285 words)
Powys is a local government principal area and a preserved county in Wales.
On April 1, 1996, the districts were abolished, it became a unitary authority, with a minor border adjustment in the north-east (specifically the addition of the communities of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Llansilin and Llangedwyn from Glyndwr district in Clwyd).
This area is named after the older Welsh Kingdom of Powys, which occupied the northern two thirds of the area, and came to an end when it was occupied by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd of Gwynedd during the 1260s.
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