History

Our History
General Information about Welshpool 

The Town of Welshpool is located 20 miles west of Shrewsbury and is the gateway to Mid Wales. The Town had a registered population in the 2011 census of 6,664.

The Town boasts many amenities including a main line railway station and a good shopping centre and markets.  There are 1500 car spaces and free toilets  making it easy to visit this lovely market town.  The attractions include Welshpool Livestock Market, one of the largest livestock auction markets in the world; Powis Castle; Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway; Powysland Museum; the Cock Pit (the oldest fighting cock pit building on its original site) and a Motte and Bailey Castle. There are two interesting Town Trails and many good walks around the Town in stunning countryside.  There are plenty of places to eat, have a coffee or have a drink. You will always find a warm welcome in Welshpool. A good place to start is the Tourist Information Centre, open seven days a week, which offers the full service and is situated in the main Church Street car park

The History of Welshpool

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With thanks to Welshpool Printing Group for providing the map.

1. The Wharf & Aqueduct is an attractive spot for relaxation.

2. The Livestock Market is the largest one-day sheep market in Europe but has now moved out of town.

3. Domen Castle (Motte & Bailey) dates from 1196. The Bailey is now a bowling green.

4. Cambrian Station was built in 1860 and has been extensively renovated to form The Old Station Visitor Centre.

5. During the 19th Century what is now the Powysland Museum & Canal Centre was one of thirty canal warehouses.

6. The Royal Oak only became ‘Royal’ in the 19th Century when Queen Victoria visited Powis Castle.

7. The Old Coach Chambers once provided a major coaching stop & stables.

8. The Pola Cinema was purpose-built in 1938 & its architectural style is typical of the era. It now operates as a Fitness and Beauty Centre.

9. The Cockpit is the only cockpit in Wales still in its original position, and was used until 1849 when cockfighting was made illegal.

10. 9 – 11 High Street are timber framed buildings dating from the early 16th century.

11. The Talbot Inn is another example of a 16th century timber framed building.

12. Christ Church was built from Welshpool granite between 1839 and 1844.

13. Raven Square Station building was originally located at Eardisley in Herefordshire.

14. Tollgate House was erected to charge users of the road in order to finance its upkeep during the 18th and 19th centuries.

15. The Mermaid Inn is timber framed and has been an inn for at least 200 years but is now closed.

16. The Town Hall was built in 1837 after its predecessor was considered too small and demolished. It now houses a market village open Monday to Saturday and hosts numerous events each week.

17. In the 19th century, the warehouse was used as a gunpowder store and munitions factory.

18. St Mary’s Church was founded by the Welsh Saint, Cynfelyn.

19. Grace Evans was reputedly given the cottage by grateful Lord Nithsdale after she smuggled him out of the Tower of London in 1716.

20. The Red Lion Flannel Factory and Warehouse is one of a number of such factories in the town, indicating the importance of this industry during the 19th century.

Ancient Culture

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Dark Ages

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Middle Ages

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With Thanks to CPAT for the History of Welshpool