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Powys is a principal area, local-government county and preserved county in Mid Wales. It is named after the successor Kingdom of Powys, which formed after the Romans withdrew from Britain.

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powers as a principal area local government county and preserved county in mid-wales it is named after the successor kingdom of Powys which formed after the Romans withdrew from Britain geography see the list of places in Powys for all towns and villages in powis powis covers the historic counties of montgomeryshire and rodney sure most of breck moksha and a small part of denbighshire a euro an area of 5,000 179 kumar squared making it the largest county in wales by land area it is bounded to the north by Gwynedd denbighshire and Wrexham to the west by syra diggin and carmarthenshire to the east by Shropshire and herefordshire and to the south by rhondda cynon TAF murthy tide fill carefully Blaine al gwent monmouthshire and neath port talbot most of powis is mountainous with north-south transport being difficult the majority of the powers population lives in villages and small towns the largest towns a new town I Strad gain lay brecon and welshpool with populations of 12,000 783 9004 7901 and 6260 9 respectively powis has the lowest population density of all the principal areas of Wales just under a third of the residents have Welsh linguistic skills Welsh speakers are concentrated mainly in the rural areas both in and around Machynlleth lan Fallon and Lenore Edwin watch nant in montgomeryshire and the industrial area of ice dragon lay in the extreme southwest of brecknock sure radney sure was almost completely anglicized by the end of the 18th century the 2001 census records show twenty-one percent of the population of powers were able to speak welsh at that time the same as for Wales as a whole history the county is named after the ancient welsh kingdom of powis which in the 6th century AD included the northern two-thirds of the area as well as most of Shropshire and adjacent areas now in England and came to an end when it was occupied by llywelyn AP gruffudd of Gwynedd during the 12 the uplands retain evidence of occupation from long before the kingdom of Powys and before the Romans who built roads and forts across the area there are 11 30 identified burial mounds within the county of varying styles and ages dating from 4000 BC to 1000 BC most of them belonging to the Bronze Age of these 339 are scheduled monuments standing stones most again dating to the Bronze Age also occur in large numbers 276 being found across the county of which 92 are scheduled from the Iron Age the county has 90 scheduled hill forts and a further 54 enclosures and settlement sites heraldry the gold in the county coat of arms symbolizes the wealth of the area Black is for both mining and the Black Mountains the fountain is a medieval heraldic charge displayed as a roundel berry wavy argent and Azure it represents water and refers to both the water catchment area and the rivers and lakes thus the arms contain references to the hills and mountains rivers and lakes water supply and Industry the crest continues the coloring of the arms a tower has been used in preference to a mural crown which alludes to the county's military history and remains from the tower rises a red kite a bird almost extinct elsewhere in Britain but thriving here the bird is semi of black lozenges for the former coal mining industry while the Golden Fleece it carries is a reference to the importance of sheep rearing empowers the county motto is powis the paradise of wales government powis was originally created on april first 1974 under the local government act 1972 and originally had montgomery and Radner and brecknock as districts under it which were based directly on the former administrative counties on april first 1996 the districts were abolished and powis was reconstituted as a unitary authority with a minor border adjustment in the northeast the First Lord Lieutenant of powis was previously the Lord Lieutenant of Montgomery sure the Lord Lieutenant of brecknock sure and Lord Lieutenant of radnor sure were appointed as left tenants the present Lord Lieutenant is the honorable mrs. Elizabeth Shaw sent n Legba calvillo of Creek owl in december two thousand seven powers was awarded fairtrade county status by the fairtrade foundation quality of life recent research suggests that powis is the happiest place in the UK however even the researchers said the numbers were not statistically significant places of interest main railway lines cambrian line heart of wales line heritage railway lines welshpool and landfair light railway Brik and mountain railway see also list of Lord lieutenant's of powis list of high sheriff's of powis list of schools in Powys Wales Rally GB references external links powers at da mozi powys county council official site powys heritage tourism in powis coleg powis Cloyd powis archaeological trust reducing the area's carbon footprint recycling and composting empower

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