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Caersws church.jpg
The village church
Caersws is located in Powys
Location within Powys
Population1,586 (2011)
OS grid referenceSO0392
  • Caersws
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCaersws
Postcode districtSY17
Dialling code01650
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
List of places
52°31′17″N 3°25′21″W / 52.521458°N 3.422429°W / 52.521458; -3.422429Coordinates: 52°31′17″N 3°25′21″W / 52.521458°N 3.422429°W / 52.521458; -3.422429

Caersws (Welsh: Caersŵs pronounced [kɑːɨrˈsuːs] (About this soundlisten)) is a village and community on the River Severn, in the Welsh county of Powys (Montgomeryshire) 5 miles (8 km) west of Newtown, and halfway between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury. It has a station on the Cambrian Line from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury. At the 2001 census it had a population of 1,526,[1] increasing slightly to 1,586 at the 2011 Census.[2]


In modern Welsh, Caersws literally means "Fort Kiss", although sŵs almost certainly derives from some other source.[3] It has been argued that the site may retain a Roman-era dedication to Zeus[3] or preserve the name of a conjectured British queen Swswen.[4]


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,[3] although others argue for Llanfyllin[5] or Meifod.[5][6] Further, this second Mediolanum may be identical or distinct from the "Mediomanum" (lit. "Central Hand") mentioned by the Ravenna Cosmography.[3]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes the community of Carno and at the 2011 Census had a population of 2,316.[7]


Llanwnnog Church in the community of Caersws is a single-chambered structure, variously considered to date from the 13th or 15th century and restored in 1863. It contains the best[citation needed] example of a 15th 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.


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[8] - began in March 2009.

Cymru Alliance club Caersws F.C. are based in the village, and play their home matches at the Recreation Ground.

Caersws is home to current and past champions of a number of sporting disciplines, leading some to christen it the "Sporting Capital of Wales".[9]

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  1. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Powys". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Roman Britain Organisation. "Mediomanum?" at Roman Britain Archived 2007-04-01 at the Wayback Machine. 2010.
  4. ^ History in Brief - Mid Wales at
  5. ^ a b 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.
  6. ^ Newman, John Henry & al. Lives of the English Saints: St. German, Bishop of Auxerre, Ch. X: "Britain in 429, A. D.", p. 92. Archived 2016-03-21 at the Wayback Machine James Toovey (London), 1844.
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Sporty Village Boasts Famous Five at


  • Stephenson D. (2014), The Medieval Borough of Caersws: Origins and Decline, The Montgomeryshire Collections, Vol. 102, 103-109.

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