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Coonty o Powys Sir Powys
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Geography
Aurie
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 1st
5,179 km²
? %
Admin HQ Llandrindod Wells
ISO 3166-2 GB-POW
ONS code 00NN
Demographics
Population:
- (2010 est.)
- Density
 
Ranked 11th
131,300
Ranked 22nd
25 / km²
Ethnicity 99.3% White
Welsh leid
- Ony skills
Ranked 7t
30.1%
Politics
File:Powys-coa.png
Powys Coonty Cooncil
Powys.gov.uk
Control Independent
MPs
AMs
MEPs

Powys (play /ˈp.ɪs/;[1] Welsh: [ˈpowɪs]) is a local-govrenment coonty an preserved coonty in Wales. The name is thought tae derive frae the Latin "pagus" meanin the kintra-side, an' a' a cognate o 'pagan'.

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

See the leet o places in Powys for aw touns an veelages in Powys.

Powys covers the historic coonties o Montgomeryshire an Radnorshire, maist o Brecknockshire (Breconshire), an a sma pairt o Denbighshire — an aurie o 5,179 km², makin it the lairgest coonty in Wales bi land aurie.

It is bundit tae the north bi Gwynedd, Denbighshire an Wrexham; tae the wast bi Ceredigion an Carmarthenshire; tae the east bi Shropshire an Herefordshire; an tae the sooth bi Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire an Neath Port Talbot.

Maist o Powys is muntainous, wi north-sooth transportation bi caur being difficult.

The majority o the Powys population is made up o sma veelages an touns. The lairgest touns are Newtown, Ystradgynlais, Brecon, an Welshpool wi populations o 12,783, 9,004, 7,901 and 6,269 respectively (2001).

Juist under a third o the residents hae Welsh linguistic skills an Welsh speakers are concentrated mainly in the rural auries baith in an aroond Machynlleth, Llanfyllin an Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant (whaur William Morgan first translatit the whole Bible intae Welsh in 1588) in Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), an the industrial aurie o Ystradgynlais in the extreme sooth-wast o Brecknockshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog). Radnorshire (Welsh: Sir Faesyfed) wis amaist completely Anglicised bi the end o the 18t century.

For a map o the current distribution o Welsh speakers see the wabsteid o bwrdd-yr-iaith/The Welsh Language Board

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

This aurie is named efter the aulder Welsh Kinrick o Powys, which occupee'd the northren twa thirds o the aurie as well as lands nou in Ingland, an came tae an end when it wis occupee'd bi Llywelyn ap Gruffydd o Gwynedd durin the 1260s.

In December 2007 Powys wis awardit Fairtrade Coonty status bi the Fairtrade Foundation.[2]

Heraldry[eedit | eedit soorce]

The gowd in the coonty coat o airms (see richt) seembolises the walth o the aurie. Black for baith minin an the Black Muntains. The foontain is a medieval heraldic chairge, aaways shown as a roondel barry wavy Argent an Azure. It represents water an, therefore, baith refers tae the water catchment aurie an the rivers an lakes. The airms, therefore, contain references tae the hills an muntains, rivers an lakes, water supply an industry.

The crest continues the colourin o the airms. A touer haes been uised in preference tae a mural crown, which alludes tae the coonty's military history an remains. Frae the touer rises a red kite, a bird amaist extinct elsewhaur in Breetain, but thrivin here. The bird is semy o black lozenges for the umwhile coal minin industry, while the gowden fleece it carries is a reference tae the importance o sheep rearing in Powys).[3]

The coonty motto is, Powys - the paradise o Wales (Welsh: Powys Paradwys Cymru).

Govrenment[eedit | eedit soorce]

Powys frae 1974-1996.

Powys wis oreeginally creatit on 1 Aprile 1974 unner the Local Govrenment Act 1972, an oreeginally haed Montgomery an Radnor an Brecknock as destricts unner it, which wur based directly on the umwhile admeenistrative coonties.

On 1 Aprile 1996, the destricts wur abolished, an Powys wis reconstitutit as a unitary authority, wi a minor border adjustment in the north-east (specifically the addition o the communities o Llansilin an Llangedwyn frae Glyndwr destrict in Clwyd, alang wi the muivement o the border so that aw o, an no as previously hauf o, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant wis in Powys, aw historically pairt o Denbighshire).

The first Laird Lieutenant o Powys wis previously the Laird Lieutenant o Montgomeryshire. The Laird Lieutenant o Brecknockshire an Laird Lieutenant o Radnorshire wur appointit as Lieutenants.

The present Laird Lieutenant is The Hon. Mrs Elizabeth Shân Legge-Bourke LVO o Crickhowell.

Quality o life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Recent research suggests that Powys is the happiest place in the UK,[4] housomeivver, even the researchers said the numbers wur no statistically significant.[5]

Places o interest[eedit | eedit soorce]

Cave seestems[eedit | eedit soorce]

Lakes, reservoirs an waterfaws[eedit | eedit soorce]

Museums an exhibitions[eedit | eedit soorce]

Castles[eedit | eedit soorce]

Walks[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ithers[eedit | eedit soorce]

See an aw[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. POW-iss, wi the vouels o "hou" an "hiss"
  2. Sally Williams. "FairTrade Resource Network". Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  3. International Civic Heraldry site
  4. McGrath, Matt (28 August 2008). "BBC - "Britain's Happiest Places Mapped"". BBC News. Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  5. News.bbc.co.uk
  6. Langorse Lake at dawn
  7. "Llani Leisure". Retrieved 3 July 2008. [deid airtin]

External links[eedit | eedit soorce]

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Coordinates: 52°18′N 3°25′W / 52.300°N 3.417°W / 52.300; -3.417