County of the middle Welsh borderland. The name derives from the Welsh kingdom of post‐Roman times. With Norman control it was divided into a series of marcher lordships which were themselves integrated in 1536 into the counties of Denbighshire and Montgomeryshire. It was not until the Local Government Act of 1972 that the name was revived and given to the new county formed by the merging of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire, and Breconshire. In spite of active campaigning by Montgomeryshire, Powys was retained in 1996 as a unitary authority.
Subjects: British History — Religion.