St. Aelhaearn's church in Guilsfield
Guilsfield is a village and parish in Montgomeryshire. It lies beside Guilsfield Brook about three miles north of Welshpool. It is located on the B4392 road and a disused branch of the Montgomery Canal starts nearby. The parish has an area of 7,400 acres and had a population of 1,640 in 2001.
The Welsh name of the village is first recorded in the 12th century as "Kegitua" and means "place of hemlock". The English name is first recorded in 1278 as "Guildesfelde". It may be named after a person i.e. "Gyldi's field" or could mean "gold field".
The village contains St. Aelhaearn's church which has a tower dating from about 1300. There are several large houses in the area including Maesmawr Hall which dates from 1692 and Trawscoed Hall from 1777. In 1862 a hoard of metalwork from the late Bronze Age was discovered near the village. It contained over 120 pieces such as swords, spearheads and axes.
Guilsfield has a football team, Guilsfield F.C., which plays in the Cymru Alliance league.
- Davies, John; Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines & Peredur I. Lynch (2008) The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
- Owen, Hywel Wyn & Richard Morgan (2007) Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales, Gomer Press, Llandysul, Cardiganshire.
- Barker, Louise (2008) Guilsfield Hoard, Coflein.
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