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Church of St John the Baptist, Carno
Church of St John the Baptist, Carno
Carno is located in Powys
 Carno shown within Powys
OS grid reference SN961965
Principal area Powys
Ceremonial county Powys
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SY
Dialling code 01686
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Montgomeryshire
List of places

Coordinates: 52°33′23″N 3°31′55″W / 52.5565°N 3.5319°W / 52.5565; -3.5319

The former railway staton in 1986

Carno is a village and community in the historic county of Montgomeryshire, now in the county of Powys, Wales. It is located on the main A470 road between Llanbrynmair & Caersws.

The local railway station, on the Cambrian Line, closed as part of the Beeching closures in the 1960s. An ongoing campaign started in August 2009 for its reopening, with the Welsh Assembly agreeing to do a business study as part of the Cambrian Rail Study.[1] At present, the adjacent stations on the line are at Caersws and Machynlleth.


Carno was the original Welsh base of the Laura Ashley company when Bernard and Laura moved there from Kent in 1961. The factory closed in 2005.[2]

Carno has the remains of a Roman Fort or mound,(Gaer Noddfa), comprising a rectangular area 450 feet (140 m) by 270 feet (82 m) located on the bank of the river Carno adjoining the churchyard.[3][4] Local legend also makes reference to a supposed battle between two sons of Hywel Dda (Prince of Wales 942-950) in the area. One of the valleys, Cwm Nant y Penglog, is named after a stream which supposedly leads to the site of the battle as Cwm Nant y Penglog means 'Valley of the stream of the skull'. Plasau Duon, a timber framed house, was in the parish of Carno.

Famous associations[edit]

  • The designer & entrepreneur Laura Ashley (1925–1985) is buried in the churchyard at Carno.[5]
  • Carno was home to the family of Chicago Outfit gangster Morris Llewellyn Humphreys, who was born in the village in 1899.
  • Carno was the location of manufacture of some LSD discovered in Operation Julie.
  • Carno is also reputably the village closest to the geographical centre of Wales.[6]

Wind Farm[edit]

Main article: Carno wind farm


  1. ^ "Campaign to reopen station gets a boost". Shropshire Star. August 13, 2009. Retrieved 17 Nov 2009. 
  2. ^ "Laura Ashley shuts 'home' factory". BBC. October 25, 2004. Retrieved February 2008. 
  3. ^ Roman Britain (1964)
  4. ^ Gaer Noddfa, Carno
  5. ^ Laura Ashley burial place
  6. ^ [1]

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