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Abbey Cwm Hir, Radnorshire

Historical Description

Abbey-Cwm-Hir, a village and a parish in Radnorshire, 5½ miles from Penybont station on the L. & N.W.R., and from Pantydwr station on the Cambrian railway, and 6½ ENE of Rhayader. Post town, Penybont (R.S.O.) Acreage, 11,345; population, 452. The name signifies the Abbey of the Long Vale. The surface lies along the Clywedog, a tributary of the Ithon; and is a charming, fertile valley, environed and overhung by picturesque wooded hills. A Cistercian abbey was founded here in 1143, and sacked in 1401 by Owen Glendower. The nave of the abbey church was 242 feet long and 73 feet wide, but only a few fragments of it remain. The seat of the Philips family, The Hall (rebuilt in 1868), stands adjacent. A Roman road goes up the vale past the abbey, toward the valley of the Marteg. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St David's; uet value, £173. The parish church is small but handsome.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyRadnorshire 
County Court districtRhayader 
DioceseSt. Davids 
Petty-Sessional DivisionPresteign 
Poor Law unionRhayader 
Rural DeaneryMelineth-ultra-Ithon 

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