St Mary's church
Caersws is a village and parish sitting on the River Severn in Montgomeryshire, four miles west of Newtown, and halfway between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury. At the 2001 census it had a population of 1,526.
History and amenities
The name Caersws means 'fort of Sws'. The prefix is the Welsh-language 'Caer' meaning fort and it has been suggested that Swswen was an ancient queen from Roman times. The village is the location of two Roman forts of the Roman Era. These may be Mediomanum, 'the central fist' of the Ravenna Cosmography, although this is disputed.
Caersws has a railway station on the Cambrian Line from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury.
Llanwnnog Church in the parish of Caersws is a single-chambered structure, variously considered to be of 13th-century or 15th-century date and restored in 1863. It contains the best example of a 15th-century or 16th-century rood screen and loft in Montgomeryshire, a mediæval font bowl and one 17th-century memorial.
Maesmawr Hall was built in the early 19th century.
The population was about 1,500 in 2006.
Local newspapers the Shropshire Star, Cambrian News, and Daily Post are all available in the town's shops.
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 - began in March 2009.
Football 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".
- "Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/viewFullDataset.do?instanceSelection=03070&productId=779&$ph=60_61&datasetInstanceId=3070&startColumn=1&numberOfColumns=8&containerAreaId=790565. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- History in Brief - Mid Wales at BBC.co.uk
- Sporty Village Boasts Famous Five at BBC.co.uk
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