The village church
Caersws shown within Powys
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Caersws (Welsh: Caersŵs) (Welsh pronunciation: [kɑːɨrˈsuːs]) is a village and community sitting on the River Severn, in the Welsh county of Powys, 4 miles (6.4 km) miles west of Newtown, and halfway between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury. At the 2001 census it had a population of 1,526.
In modern Welsh, Caersws bears the literal meaning of "Fort Kiss", although sws almost certainly derives from some other source. It has been argued that the site may retain a Roman-era dedication to Zeus or preserve the name of a conjectured British queen Swswen.
Caersws was the location of two Roman forts of Roman Wales. Although the Mediolanum of the Antonine Itinerary has since been identified as Whitchurch in Shropshire, Caersws is sometimes identified as the Mediolanum among the Ordovices described in Ptolemy's Geography, although others argue for Llanfyllin or Meifod. Further, this second Mediolanum may be identical or distinct from the "Mediomanum" (lit. "Central Hand") mentioned by the Ravenna Cosmography.
Llanwnnog Church in the community of Caersws is a single-chambered structure, variously considered to be of 13th-century or 15th-century date and restored in 1863. It contains the best example of a 15th-century or 16th-century rood screen and loft in Montgomeryshire, a medieval font bowl and one 17th-century memorial. Maesmawr Hall was built in the early 19th century. Caersws has a railway station on the Cambrian Line from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury.
The population was about 1,500 in 2006.
Downhill Mountain Biking has flourished in forestry at Henblas farm, to the north of the village, with a number of national races being held there. The current series - The Caersws Cup - began in March 2009.
Caersws is home to current and past champions of a number of sporting disciplines, leading some to christen it the "Sporting Capital of Wales".
- Walter Watkins, former Welsh international footballer was born here
- Elvis Costello has for many years had seemingly strong links with the village, having upon interview listed Mid Wales as a favoured holiday destination. However, in recent years tensions between the village and the ageing punk rocker have been building, primarily due to the lack of name checks in any of his most recent albums. In reply to the subsequent bitter vitriol targeted against Costello, a statement was released by his management in an attempt to defuse the situation. This was largely a failure, with a hotly contested stalemate remaining to this day.
One of Caersws’ 4 local pubs in 2010.
A gated village Barrow Crossing/foot crossing in Caersws in 2010.
Maesmawr Hall, a grade II* listed building
- "Parish Headcounts: Powys". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- Roman Britain Organisation. "Mediomanum?" at Roman Britain. 2010.
- History in Brief - Mid Wales at BBC.co.uk
- Williams, Robert. "A History of the Parish of Llanfyllin" in Collections Historical & Archaeological Relating to Montgomeryshire, Vol. III, p. 59. J. Russell Smith (London), 1870.
- Newman, John Henry & al. Lives of the English Saints: St. German, Bishop of Auxerre, Ch. X: "Britain in 429, A. D.", p. 92. James Toovey (London), 1844.
- Sporty Village Boasts Famous Five at BBC.co.uk
- Andrews, Robert (2004). The Rough Guide to Britain. Rough Guides Ltd. p. 838. ISBN 978-1843533016.
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- Church of St Gwynnog, Llanwnnog
- Official Caersws F.C. site
- Caersws Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race
- 6 pages of artifacts and documents associated with Caersws and held on Gathering the Jewels the website of Welsh cultural history
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Caersws and surrounding area