Powis Castle and Gardens Welshpool © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
The town of Welshpool became a borough under the title of Burgus de Pola by charter in 1263. The original borough merely consisted of what was afterwards known as Pool Middle extending to 60 acres the area later being increased to 20,426 acres by a charter granted by Edward de Cherleton, Lord of Powys on 29th June 1406 as a reward for the fidelity of the burgesses during the Welsh National movement under Owen Glyndwr.
Right - Welshpool
The Arms of the former Borough are descriptive of - "The Red Castle in Powys" - on a field azure, with or without an encircling wreath of Speedwell, and the motto "Heb Dduw, heb Ddim" (Nothing without God) the whole surmounting a scroll with the title "Burgus de Pola"
The chief event of the year in old Trallwm was the feast of the local saint held on November 7th, 8th and 9th. Then came the popular growth of an annual fair on these three November days followed by another three day fair in the summer all subsequently legally established by charter from the Princes of Powys concurrently with the Monday market.
Welshpool Livestock Market
Apart from its setting in rolling borderland, Welshpool’s principal attraction to the visitor is the 13th Century
Powis Castle - a sandstone castle overlooking the Severn Valley. The castle is an impressive sight with its red walls and beautiful terraced gardens. The museum contains treasures that Clive of India brought back from India - his family married into the Herberts of Powis.
The Monday Cattle Market (one of the largest one-day markets in the E.E.C.) and the Powysland Museum.
There are many places where meals are available - in restaurants, hotels or in public houses. All close to the centre of the town.
Welshpool is one of the best served towns in the region for transport. There is a regular rail service from Shrewsbury and Birmingham to the East and from Aberystwyth to the West. By road, when travelling from the midlands, Welshpool is within one hour of the M6 Motorway via the M54. It can easily be reached from the north-west via the A483, while travellers from the south can have a beautifully scenic route via the A49.
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