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Machynlleth, Powys

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Machynlleth, Powys

Machynlleth, sometimes referred to colloquially as Mach, is a market town and community in Powys, Wales and within the historic boundaries of Montgomeryshire. It is in the Dyfi Valley at the intersection of the A487 and the A489 roads. At the 2001 census it had a population of 2,147. Machynlleth was the seat of Owain Glynd┼Ár's Welsh Parliament in 1404, and as such claims to be the "ancient capital of Wales". However, it has never held any official recognition as a capital.
Administrative CountyPowys
Traditional CountyMontgomeryshire
OS GridSH7400
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityDyfed Powys
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMid and West Wales
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMid and West Wales
Ambulance AuthorityWelsh
Dialling code01654

Other names by which Machynlleth, Powys has been known in the past

Machleneth ~ Maglona ~ Mahuncleth ~ Maluntlyth

Machynlleth, Powys in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Machynlleth, parl. bor. and market town, par., and township with ry. sta., Montgomeryshire, on river Dovey, 20 miles NE. of Aberystwith and 216 miles from London by rail - par., 14,861 ac., pop. 2804; township, pop. 2026; parl. bor., 1196 ac., pop. 2045; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Wednesday. The town has a fine situation, sheltered on all sides by lofty hills. Anglers find excellent sport in the surrounding streams. The industries are mostly flannel and tweed manufactures, tanning, fulling, and wool carding. Slate quarries and lead mines are worked in the neighbourhood. Owen Glendower assembled a parliament here in 1402. Machynlleth is one of the Montgomery District of Parl. Boroughs, which returns 1 member.

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