town of Presteigne
Presteigne, the former county
town of Radnorshire, lies on the southern bank of the River Lugg.
Just across the old Lugg Bridge is the English county of Herefordshire.
The ancient earthworks of Offa's Dyke, dating from the 8th century,
lie just three miles to the west of the town.
Fire and plague
Major events in the history of Presteigne include disastrous
plague epidemics in the 16th and 17th centuries, and a great
fire of 1681 which destroyed much of the town. Presteigne was
chosen as the location for the Great Sessions in 1541, which
were broadly similar to the English Assizes, and it later became
the venue for the Quarter Sessions, which
dealt with lesser crimes.
The past preserved
Presteigne is still remarkably unspoiled, and many of its historic
buildings, like the old house pictured here, are little changed.
More information on different aspects of the events which created
the town of today will be found on these pages. Please select
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