People of Presteigne 4
The Reade family were one of those eastern Radnorshire families who dominated public life in the county during the first century of its existence from the Act of Union in 1536.
These eastern parishes had richer soils and a kinder climate and were closer to the English cities. They were thus naturally attractive to the neighbouring English gentry who wished to establish estates in Wales. Property qualifications ensured that only the landowning gentry could hold public office, hence the early dominence of these eastern families.
The Reade family of London were successful tradesmen who had
probably looked to Radnorshire as the cheapest means of establishing
an estate and landowning status. They owned property around Llanbister,
but it was the move to Presteigne of John Reade which marked
their commitment to public life in the county. Johns wife
was called Benet (a shortened form of Bebedicta) and may have
been a member of the Lloyd family of Boultibrooke.
Years of decline
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