Visit Llanymynech and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Llanymynech, Powys/Shropshire, is a genuinely Welsh village in all its aspects, yet the boundary between Powys and Shropshire runs through its main, one might say its only, street, its houses and inn have a shapeliness standing over from the early 19th century it is on the River Vyrnwy, not far from its junction with the Severn, and also on the railway link with Llanfyllin; it stands in an arm of a wide valley on to which tall hill-bluffs thrust themselves. Near at hand are relics of the frustrated Potteries and North Wales Railway which failed for want of subscribers.
But Llanymynech is of great interest historically, for a lost route of Roman times lies in its neighbourhood.
When Rome first set foot in Britain, under the Emperor Claudius, the period from A.D. 75 to 140 saw the establishment of Deva (Chester) — the Caerleon of the North upon the Dee — and Isca, still called Caerleon, in the South upon the Usk, holding between them the essential strategic points that have shaped the history of Wales. Segontium (Caernarfon), Canovium (Conway), and Moridunum (Carmarthen) made major points in the control of the West. Between these points various stations studded the routes that pushed into the mountains, aimed particularly at the exploitation of mineral resources. One of these was called Mediolanum; and its site is still a mystery. There was a Roman station at Caersws, with which Mediolanum has been tentatively identified. But the Castle Lyons at Holt in Cheshire, a supply and production point both for the Caerleon at Chester (whose name it seems to have shared in the native tongue, though its Roman name was Bovium), and for the Viroconium now known as Wroxeter, has been firmly identified and excavated; and the recorded distances between point and point made by the Antonine Itinerary do not fit with Caersws as the lost Roman site of the 3rd century A.D.
Meifod near Llanfyllin, Llanfyllin itself, and Llanymynech have at various times been suggested. This adds interest to the persistent local report that, a few years ago, a farmer ploughing a field left for generations untitled turned up the foundations of a fort of Roman construction — then covered it again, thinking the land should have a better use than to amuse archaeologists.
Evidence of even earlier economic development has been discovered in old workings in a hill close by, a mining operation that, perhaps in the Bronze Age, was abandoned, leaving in the depths of the tunnelling a pair of arm-bracelets.
Nearby towns: Llanfyllin, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Welshpool
Nearby villages: Alberbury, Arddleen, Ball, Buttington, Criggion, Four Crosses, Guilsfield, Hindford, Hordley, Kinnerley, Kinton, Knockin, Llandrinio, Llandysilio, Llanfechain, Llangadwaladr, Llangedwyn, Llansantffraid, Llansantffraid ym Mechain, Llansilin, Llanyblodwel, Llanyblodwel, Llynclys, Maesbury Marsh, Meifod, Melverley, Melverley, Pont Newydd, Pool Quay, Trefonen, West Felton, Westbury, Whittington, Wilcott, Wollaston
Have you decided to visit Llanymynech or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Llanymynech bed and breakfast (a Llanymynech B&B or Llanymynech b and b)
- a Llanymynech guesthouse
- a Llanymynech hotel (or motel)
- a Llanymynech self-catering establishment, or
- other Llanymynech accommodation