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Knighton, Radnorshire

Historical Description

Knighton, a small town, a parish, the head of a poor-law union and a county court district in Radnorshire. The town stands on Offa's Dyke and the river Teme, at the boundary with Salop, 10 miles NNE of Radnor; was anciently called Tref-y-Clawdd, signifying " the town on the dyke." It stands on a rising ground on the right bank of the Teme, comprises two good streets intersecting each other at right angles and sloping downward each way, and it presents a well-built and clean appearance. It has a head post office, and a station on the Central Wales branch of the L. & N.W.R.; is a seat of petty sessions, and is governed by a local board. There are a market-hall, assembly rooms, a workhouse, and alms-houses. A weekly market is held on Thursday; fairs are held on the third Thursday in Jan., Friday after 4 March, third Thursday in April, 17 and 18 May, first Thursday after 16 July, 18 Aug., 13 and 14 Sept., 1 and 2 Oct., Thursday before 12 Nov., Thursday before 17 Dec. There was anciently a castle, which has disappeared. An old mansion remains, which was once occupied by the Brydges family, and another of the time of James I. The parish comprises 3664 acres; population, 1813. A chain of ancient defences appears to have been on the line of Offa's Dyke for miles above and below the town, and very interesting vestiges are at Caer Caradoc, about 3 miles to the N, and at Coxwall Knoll, about 5 miles to the E. The manor belongs to the Crown. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £253 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Powis. The church is ancient, and was restored in 1877. There are Baptist, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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.

Registration districtKnighton1837 - 1933
Registration districtRadnorshire East1933 - 1974

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Radnorshire is available to browse.

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