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Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire

Historical Description

Machynlleth, a market-town, a contributory parliamentary borough, the head of a poor-law union and county court district, and a parish in Montgomeryshire. The town stands on the river Dovey, at the influx of the Dulas, amid picturesque scenery, 20 miles NNE of Aberystwyth; is supposed to occupy the site of the Roman station Maglona; contains in Maengwyn Street a spacious arched porch, the remains of an ancient edifice called Parliament House, in which Owen Glendower in 1402 held a national assembly and was crowned as Prince of Wales; was the scene in connection with that assembly of the seizure and imprisonment of Sir David Gam, the Captain Fluellen of Shakespeare; is a well-built and cleanly town, consisting chiefly of two spacious streets planted with trees; has long been a favourite resort of anglers for sport in the neighbouring waters, and of tourists for excursions through the surrounding scenery; has been a borough since the time of Henry VIIL; unites with Llanidloes, Llanfyllin, Montgomery, Newtown, and Welshpool in sending a member to Parliament; is a seat of petty sessions; and has a head post office, a station on the Cambrian railway, a workhouse, and a bank. The town-hall and market is a fine stone building erected in 1873. The old church of St Mary'a is mainly Perpendicular, has been restored, and has an ivy-1 clad tower. Christ Church, in the Early English style, was built in 1882. There are Baptist, Congregational, Calvinistic Methodist, Wesleyan, and Presbyterian chapels. A handsome clock-tower was erected in 1873 to commemorate the coming of age of the Marquis of Londonderry. At the the S end of the town is Plas Machynlleth, a seat of the Marquis of Londonderry. A weekly market is held on Wednesday, fairs are held on the first Wednesday of Feb. and March, 16 May, 26 June, 7 Aug., 18 Sept., 21 Oct., and 26 Nov.; flannel manufacture, tanning, and corn-grinding are carried on, and some business is done in connection with the working of neighbouring slate-quarries and lead-mines, and with the shipping of their produce at Derwenlas on the Dovey, 2 miles below the town. Several fine seats are in the vicinity. Acreage of the township and borough, 1183; population, 1826. The parish contains also the townships. of Isygarreg and Uchygarreg. Acreage, 14,973; population, 2461. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor; gross value, £304 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Bangor.

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 districtMachynlleth1837 - 1974

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Land and Property

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