Welshpool

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Welshpool
Broad Street - geograph.org.uk - 541043.jpg
Broad Street, Welshpool
Map of Powys, with a red dot showing the position of Welshpool
Map of Powys, with a red dot showing the position of Welshpool
Welshpool
Location within Powys
Population6,664 (2011 census)
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWELSHPOOL
Postcode districtSY21
Dialling code01938
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
Wales
Powys
52°40′N 3°09′W / 52.66°N 3.15°W / 52.66; -3.15Coordinates: 52°40′N 3°09′W / 52.66°N 3.15°W / 52.66; -3.15

Welshpool (Welsh: Y Trallwng) is a small town and community in the unitary authority of Powys, Wales. It is the fourth largest town in Powys, with a population of 6,664. It lies on the banks of the River Severn and is in the historic county of Montgomeryshire. It is known for its Georgian architecture.

The town is situated around 4 miles (6.4 km) from the border with Shropshire in England. Its name in the Welsh language, Y Trallwng, means "the marshy or sinking land". In English, it was initially known as Pool but its name was changed to Welshpool in 1835 to differentiate it from the Dorset town of Poole.

It served briefly as the capital of Powys Wenwynwyn after its prince was forced to flee the traditional Welsh royal site at Mathrafal in 1212, by the prince of Gwynedd. Assistance from the English crown (the enemies of the Gwynedd prince) restored the Wenwynwyn dynasty to their lands.

The town has a mainline railway station on the Cambrian Line between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth. Managed and served by Transport for Wales, trains run roughly two-hourly each way.

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