Kerry, Powys

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Kerry is located in Powys
Kerry shown within Powys
Population2,057 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSO146899
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWTOWN
Postcode districtSY16
Dialling code01686
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
52°30′04″N 3°15′29″W / 52.5012°N 3.25803°W / 52.5012; -3.25803Coordinates: 52°30′04″N 3°15′29″W / 52.5012°N 3.25803°W / 52.5012; -3.25803

Kerry (Welsh: Ceri) is a village and geographically large community in Montgomeryshire, Powys, Wales.

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).

Kerry also has a parish church of Norman origins dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels, as well as a baptist church.

The village has a population of about 800. It is the home of Phil Mills, WRC rally driver and co-driver.

It gives its name to the Kerry Hill breed of sheep.


The large, rural Kerry community contains the villages of Kerry, Glanmule, Dolfor and Sarn. It is divided into three wards (Kerry, Dolfor and Sarn)[2] and for Powys County Council the community is an electoral division/ward (called Kerry).[3] It falls in the historic county of Montgomeryshire.

Photograph by Percy Benzie Abery; c. 1910.
Photograph by Percy Benzie Abery; c. 1910.


The Battle of Kerry was fought nearby in 1228 between Llywelyn Fawr and Hubert de Burgh.

The area around the village was the Welsh commote and Lordship of Ceri, part of the region of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren,[4] and it was originally ruled by the Princes of Maelienydd and their descendants.[5][6]

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[edit]

St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Church of Kerry is located within the diocese of St. Asaph and was built in 1176.[citation needed] 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 Welsh translation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ward/Community population 2011". Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ Powys County Council Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine. Kerry boundary review
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey Election Maps
  4. ^ Sir John Edward Lloyd: A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest, 1911
  5. ^ Montgomeryshire Collections (The Powysland Club), Vol. 95 (2007), pages 23-31): The Lordship of Ceri in the Thirteenth Century, David Stephenson
  6. ^ 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.

External links[edit]

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