Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Radnorshire

This page summarises the local government organisation of Radnorshire since 1889.

  • Radnorshire County Council was formed in 1889, and in 1894 a network of urban district and rural district councils was formed across the county.
  • Radnorshire had no municipal boroughs.
  • From 1894 there were 3 Urban Districts: Knighton, Llandrindod Wells and Presteigne UDCs. Urban Districts had similar powers to boroughs but lacked the powers to appoint mayors or aldermen.
  • There were also 5 Rural District Councils covering the areas outside the major towns. These were: Colwyn, Knighton, New Radnor, Painscastle, and Rhayader RDCs. Rhayader RDC included part of Breconshire until 1934.
  • In 1974 major reorganisation saw the boroughs, urban and rural districts abolished and Breconshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire became part of a new county, Powys. This was a 2-tier administration with the three former counties becoming districts.
  • In 1996 there was further reorganisation as Powys became a unitary authority and the three districts were abolished. There were some boundary alterations, and Brynmawr (in Breconshire) was transferred to Blaenau Gwent.
  • For a list of our Radnorshire maps go to the Radnorshire page, or for the whole of Wales go to the Wales page
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