Painscastle Rural District

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Coordinates: 52°06′32″N 3°13′05″W / 52.109°N 3.218°W / 52.109; -3.218

Painscastle Rural District within Radnorshire
 • 1911 31,414 acres (127.13 km2)
 • 1931 31,414 acres (127.13 km2)
 • 1961 31,414 acres (127.13 km2)
 • 1901 2,339
 • 1931 2,149
 • 1971 1,510
 • Origin Sanitary district
 • Created 1894
 • Abolished 1974
 • Succeeded by Radnorshire
Status Rural district
Government Painscastle Rural District Council
 • HQ Hay on Wye
 • Type Civil parishes

Painscastle was, from 1894 to 1974, a rural district in the administrative county of Radnorshire, Wales.

The district was formed by the Local Government Act 1894, when the existing Hay Rural Sanitary District was divided into three: the section in Breconshire was reconstituted as Hay Rural District, the area in Herefordshire became Bredwardine Rural District, while the parishes in Radnorshire became Painscastle Rural District.[1][2] The new district took its name from the ancient hundred of Painscastle. The council continued to be based in Hay on Wye in Breconshire.

The rural district comprised nine civil parishes:[3]

The district was abolished in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, which completely reorganised local administration in England and Wales. Its area became part of the District of Radnor in the new county of Powys.


  1. ^ Census of England and Wales 1901, County Report, Brecknockshire
  2. ^ Census of England and Wales 1901, County Report, Radnorshire
  3. ^ "Relationships / unit history of Painscastle". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2009-02-10.