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St Michaels, Forden
Forden is located in Powys
Forden shown within Powys
Population 1,426 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SJ227010
  • Forden with Leighton and Trelystan
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SY21
Dialling code 01938
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
List of places
52°36′07″N 3°08′35″W / 52.602°N 3.143°W / 52.602; -3.143Coordinates: 52°36′07″N 3°08′35″W / 52.602°N 3.143°W / 52.602; -3.143

Forden (Welsh: Ffordun) is a community, formerly in the historic county of Montgomeryshire near Welshpool in Powys. It forms part of the community council of Forden, Leighton and Trelystan

Looking down on the parish is the Long Mountain, which stretches north eastwards from Forden as far as the border between Montgomeryshire and Shropshire.


Traces of a Roman road and of a Roman camp called locally "the Gaer" are near the River Severn, in a township of the parish called Thornbury.[2]

In 1868, the National Gazetteer said of the parish

FORDEN, a parish in the hundred of Cawrse, county Montgomery, North Wales, 3 miles N. of Montgomery, and 4 S.E. of Welshpool, its post town. The Oswestry and Newtown railway has a station at each of these towns. Forden is situated on the eastern bank of the river Severn, near Offa's Dyke, and includes the townships of Hem, Kilkewyd, and several others. The Welsh suffered defeat here in the reign of Edward I. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Hereford, value £112, in the patronage of the Grocers' Company. The church is dedicated to St Michael. It contains monuments of the Devereux family. There are a few charities, producing about £4 per annum. There is a National school. The principal building in the parish is the House of Industry for the district of Montgomery and Pool. In the neighbourhood are remains of entrenched camps.[3]

The parish church of St Michael and All Angels, about half a mile to the west of the road from Welshpool to Montgomery, was enlarged in 1830. For some three hundred years the church was the burial-place of the family of Devereux, whose estate at Nantcribba was within the parish. The marble font, oval in shape, was presented in 1794 by Richard Edmunds, Esq.[2]


A rural district of Forden was created by the Local Government Act 1894 and survived until 1974. All significant local government services are now provided by the Powys County Council unitary authority. There is also a Forden with Leighton and Trelystan community council, which has a mostly consultative role.

For the purposes of the National Assembly for Wales, Forden is part of the Montgomeryshire assembly constituency and the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The parish forms part of the Montgomeryshire parliamentary constituency and is currently represented at Westminster by Glyn Davies (Conservative).

Remains of the station which closed in 1965


  1. ^ "Ward/Community population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b 'Forden', in Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833)
  3. ^ Forden at