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NPRN 755

Map Reference SO05SW

Grid Reference SO0427351102

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Brecknockshire

Community Builth

Type of Site TOWN

Broad Class CIVIL

Period Post Medieval

Site Description The town of Builth Wells is located on the river Wye in the upper section of the Wye Valley in the county of Powys. Builth first emerged in post-roman times. In Cilmeri, a small village close to Builth Wells, Llywellyn ap Gruffudd was ambushed and killed as he tried to rally the men of the Lordship of Builth in December 1282. Builth castle was built under King Edward I in the 1270s.

Builth Wells is served by rail along the Heart of Wales Line, but lost its more central railway station on the Mid Wales Railway in the 1960s under Lord Beeching. Builth Wells grew and developed as a traditional market town and later as a spa town. It is nationally renowned as the location of the Royal Welsh Showground, home to the Royal Welsh Show.

RCAHMW, February 2011

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