Click the Map to see Powys' place in Britain
- Powys covers most of
Mid-Eastern Wales. The name is pronounced 'Pow-iss'. It
developed from the name 'Pagenses' which means '[Land of] the
- Powys used to cover
Shropshire and North Herefordshire in England too.
- When the Romans
left Britain, the Romano-British
in Powys carried on living their lives as normal.
Archaeologists have found lots of evidence for this at the old
Roman town of Viroconium (Wroxeter
- There was a big wooden
palace built there, like a great hall.
It is thought that Vortigern
lived in it when he was the local
king. Later, he made himself High-King of All Britain.
- Later still, the country was invaded by the Irish,
but they were thrown out by King Cadell and St.
- Vortigern's descendants
continued to be Kings of Powys. They abandoned
the towns and lived in hillforts
and then rural wooden palaces. They ruled there until 1269. Thatís over 800 years!
English then took over, but the heir to the Powys throne made
himself Prince of all Wales in 1404. His name was Owain
Glyndwr. He ruled for 5 years before the English threw him
out. Then he disappeared!
- The Kings of Powys lived mostly at
Their Royal monastery was at
- Apart from Vortigern and
Cadell, the most famous Kings of
Garwyn - He lived
in the late 6th century. He employed the famous bard,
Taliesin, who wrote lots of poems about his great battles
against the Saxons and the other
British kingdoms. He was friends with St. Beuno & St.
Tysilio (his brother).
- Rhodri the Great -
He lived in the Mid-9th century. He ruled Gwynedd
and Seisyllwg (Ceredigion) as well.
He fought against the Vikings and drove them out of Wales.