Montgomery Wales - your gateway to Mid Wales

Places to Stay

Places to Stay

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Places to Eat

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Things to Do

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For the visitor

If you are planning a holiday in Mid Wales, a walk across Offa's Dyke or are passing through on a cycle route - Montgomery has a wealth of attractions and services that will make your visit one to remember from rolling hills to the best in home cooking - a friendly and warm welcome awaits you in Montgomery.
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About Montgomery

The first Montgomery was established by a Norman knight, Roger de Montgomerie, in or around 1070. He was given the area by King William the Conqueror as a gift for his loyalty after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and built a Motte and Baillie castle overlooking a strategic ford on the river Severn. On the rebellion of Roger’s son, Robert of Belleme in 1102, the castle was given to Baldwin de Boulers. It is from Baldwin that Montgomery gets its Welsh name, Trefaldwyn
(Baldwin’s town)

Just over 150 years later, on his sixteenth birthday, October 1st 1223, King Henry III, visited the earth and timber castle with his military advisors and was shown the great rocky outcrop where it was suggested he build a modern stone castle. The new castle grew rapidly and below it a ‘new town’ was laid out. In 1227 ‘new’ Montgomery was awarded a Royal Charter which allowed it to hold fairs and markets and surround it with a defensive wall.

The Treaty of Montgomery was signed on 29 September 1267 in Montgomery-shire by which Llywelyn ap Gruffudd was acknowledged as Prince of Wales by King Henry III of England

The walled town of Montgomery was attacked by the Welsh forces of Owain Glyndŵr in 1402 and sacked and burned. However the stone castle fortress held out against the attack.

At this time, the castle and surrounding estates were held by the Mortimer family (the hereditary Earls of March) but they came into royal hands when the last Earl of March died in 1425. In 1485, King Richard III was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth and the Royal Estates, including Montgomery and its castle, passed into the hands of the new King, Henry VII, the first Tudor king, and a Welshman. The castle was then given to another powerful Welsh family, the Herberts.

Two famous brothers, Edward Herbert who wrote the first autobiography and George Herbert the poet and Divine were members of the Montgomery family.

In September 1644 during the Civil War, Lord Edward Herbert surrendered the castle to the Parliamentary forces an event which triggered off the Battle of Montgomery which was decisively won by the Parliamentarian army. Following Lord Edward Herbert’s death in 1649 the castle was demolished or, as was then described, ‘rendered indefensible’

As a county town, Montgomery prospered, and during the 17th and 18th centuries many buildings were given a Georgian face-lift which gives the small town its unique character.

County War Memorial

In 1923 County War Memorial was completed to commemorate fallen servicemen from Montgomeryshire County.
It was built by means of public subscription. It is 14 metres high and stands at 320 metres above sea level.

It is built of white Portland Stone and was originally dedicated to those men from Montgomeryshire who fell in the 1st World War. It is situated on Town Hill overlooking Montgomery and is visible for many miles in all directions.

The moderate climb up from the path opposite the Castle car park is quite easy. Good footwear is recommended. Beautiful views reward the visitor from the top with Cadair Idris clearly visible on a fine day showing the sun its way to bed.

Contribution from Dr John Welton