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Welcome to Rhayader
This small market town situated in mid-Wales is a perfect base for
exploring. The name Rhayader or Rhaeadr Gwy in Welsh means 'waterfall on
Elan Valley Trail
The surrounding countryside can be easily explored by bicycle and has a wide range of places to stay including caravans, camping, bed and breakfasts, self-catering cottages or Hotels. There are plenty of places to provide good food and drink. The town has a wonderful riverside walk, two large free car parks and the nearest Train Station is 12 miles away at Llandrindod Wells - on the Heart of Wales line. Like the other local communities, Rhayader and the surrounding area underwent great changes during Queen Victoria's reign and became a popular place to visit.
Craig Goch Dam - Elan Valley
The town of Rhayader back to the 5th century. Prehistoric evidence exists of earlier Bronze age and Roman settlements The castle was built by the Lord Rhys of Deheubarth, in 1177 at the fringes of his kingdom to resist the Normans and Flemish. It was rebuilt by him in 1194. This later work may have been reinforcement in the face of a threat, since shortly afterwards the castle fell to Maelgwn and Hywel, sons of Cadwallon ap Madog of Maelienydd, the adjoining kingdom to the east. They almost immediately lost it to English Mortimer forces, but it was soon regained by the Lord Rhys. "The castle of Gwrtheyrnion" (the Rhayader area) was again regained by the Welsh in 1202, although it is not clear how they had lost it. Overall, it lasted only fifty years before being put under siege and destroyed by fire in 1231 by soldiers from North Wales.
Garreg Ddu - Elan Valley
The Rebecca Riots
It was between 1839 and 1844 that the local areas were witness to
rioting. The root of this was the hard lives the poor of both town and
country were living, the perceived lack of interest by those in power
and the pressure from changes that were happening. Tenant farmers and
farm workers across Wales were finding the high toll charges a real
burden. Rhayader had no less than six toll gates on the roads into the
town making journeys and bringing animals into market expensive.
Additionally, prices of stock had fallen harvests were poor. The
increase of tithe payments to the church not helping the situation.
Those not managing had to rely on the new Poor Law Unions and the
Pen-y-garreg Reservoir Elan Valley
The Police Force
Before the creation of the Radnorshire Constabulary each parish had a
constable, held together by a chief constable for each group of
parishes. Pay and training were not provided and those willing to do
this task did so as well as their own jobs!
Centuries old handcrafting skills are used in the
Welsh Royal Crystal glass making workshops. All crystal pieces are
individually mouth blown and hand cut, thus capturing the clarity,
brilliance and sharpness of cut associated with quality crystal ware.
The range of shapes and decorative cuts embraces Traditional, Intaglio
and Celtic design influences, which are unique to Welsh Royal Crystal
Visit Gigrin Farm in Rhayader and watch the breathtaking feats of aerial piracy as Red Kites are being fed. Take a drive down the reservoirs of the lovely Elan Valley towards Devil's Bridge and the seaside town of Aberystwyth. Travel some 25 miles east to the historic town of Presteigne and the visit The Judge's Lodging
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