Kerry shown within Powys
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The village lies on the A489 road 2.8 miles (4.5 km) southeast of Newtown and possesses two pubs — the Herbert Arms and the Kerry Lamb. — a village hall, a bowling green, a post office, a primary school and a hairdresser, formerly the Kerry Vale Butcher's shop.
The village has a population of about 800. It is the home of Phil Mills, WRC rally driver and co-driver.
The large, rural Kerry community contains the villages of Kerry, Glanmule, Dolfor and Sarn. It is divided into three wards (Kerry, Dolfor and Sarn) and for Powys County Council the community is an electoral division/ward (called Kerry). It falls in the historic county of Montgomeryshire.
The area around the village was the Welsh Commote and Lordship of Ceri, part of the region of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren, and it was originally ruled by the Princes of Maelienydd and their descendants.
Kerry was the terminus of the Kerry Railway, later a branch of the Cambrian Railways, connecting it to Abermule that ceased operating in 1956. The narrow gauge Kerry Tramway brought timber from the forests to the main line station.
St. Michael's Church
St. Michael's Church of Kerry is located within the diocese of St. Asaph and was built in 1176. The parish is very large in comparison to others, stretching as far as Mochdre, Dolfor and Beguildy. It boasts one of only three chained Bibles in Wales, possibly even in the United Kingdom, and is printed according to William Morgan's English - Welsh translation. Below is a list of the Rectors and Vicars from the reign of Henry III:
- 1246 Henricus de Bretun
- 1374 Matthew
- 1387 Griffinus Castell
- 1395 Meredydd ap Tudur
- 1397 Madoc ap Philip
- 1443 Thomas, exchanged with
- 1443 John Hankynson
- ???? Maurice ap Evan Lloyd ap Maurice ap Madoc ap Einion of Mochtre
- 1532 Richard ap Rice
- 1540 Griffith ap Owen
- 1566 Richard Price
- 1614 John ap Rees ap Evan ap Llew
- 1615 Christopher Brains, M.A.
- 1655 Richard Payne, M.A.
- 1672 Spencer Lucy, M.A.
- 1690 John Catlyn, A.M.
- 1717 John Davies, D.D.
- 1732 Littleton Brown, M.A.
- 1749 Onslow Barret
- 1758 Joshua Thomas
- 1759 Joshua Carless, B.A.
- 1807 John Jenkins, M.A. ("Ifor Ceri")
- 1830 Horace Monro, M.A.
- 1836 Alfred Ollivant, M.A., D.D.
- 1846 William Morgan, B.D.
- 1879 Owen Alexander Nares, B.D.
- 1897 Thomas Phillips, B.A.
- 1934 Harry George Whiteman, B.A.
- 1941 William Lewis, B.A.
- 1949 William Arthur Davies, B.A.
- 1954 John Idris Jones, B.A.
- 1967 Phillip Bryan Jones, Dip. Theol.
- 1974 David Griffiths, Dip. Theol.
- 1993 Michael Walker
- 2004 Alan Reynolds
- 2008 Mark Chadwick
- Powys County Council Kerry boundary review
- Ordnance Survey Election Maps
- Sir John Edward Lloyd: A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest, 1911
- Montgomeryshire Collections (The Powysland Club), Vol. 95 (2007), pages 23-31): The Lordship of Ceri in the Thirteenth Century, David Stephenson
- Collections Historical & Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire (The Powysland Club), Volume 1 (1868), page 233: The Welsh Lords of Kerry and Arwystli, Hon. & Rev. G.T.O. Bridgeman M.A.
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