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Powys is a local government principal area and a preserved county in Wales.

Powys covers the former administrative counties of Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire, most of Brecknockshire, and a small part of Denbighshire — an area of 5,196 km², making it the largest principal area in Wales by land area.

It is bounded the north by Gwynedd, Denbighshire and Wrexham; to the west by Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire; to the east by England (counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire); and to the south by Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly (county borough), Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire.

Most of Powys is very mountainous with north-south transportation by car and rail being quite difficult.

Just under a third of the residents have Welsh linguistical skills and first language speakers are concentrated mainly in the rural areas both in and around Machynlleth, Llanfyllin and Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant (where William Morgan first translated the whole Bible into Welsh in 1588) in Montgomeryshire (Sir Drefaldwyn), and the industrial area of Ystradgynlais in the extreme south-west of Brecknock (Sir Frycheiniog). Radnorshire (Sir Faesyfed) was almost completely Anglicised by the end of the 18th century.

Powys was originally created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and originally had Montgomery and Radnor and Brecknock as districts under it, which were based directly on the former administrative counties.

On 1 April 1996, the districts were abolished, and Powys was reconstituted as a unitary authority, with a minor border adjustment in the north-east (specifically the addition of the communities of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Llansilin and Llangedwyn from Glyndwr district in Clwyd, all historically part of Denbighshire).

The first Lord Lieutenant of Powys was previously the Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. The Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire and Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire were appointed as Lieutenants.

The present Lord Lieutenant is The Honourable Mrs Legge-Bourke LVO.

Powys Locations:

Abbey-Cwmhir
Aberangell
Aber-Bran
Aberedw
Abergwesyn
Aberhafesp
Abermule
Alltmawr
Arddleen
Beguildy
Berriew
Bettws Cedewain
Bettws Disserth
Beulah
Bleddfa
Boughrood
Brecon
Bronllys
Builth Road
Builth Wells
Buttington
Bwlch
Caersws
Carno
Cascob
Castle Caereinion
Cathedine
Cemmaes
Cemmaes Road
Church Stoke
Clyro
Colva
Corris
Cray
Cregrina
Crickadarn
Crickhowell
Criggion
Cwm-du
Darowen
Devynock
Discoed
Dolanog
Dolau
Dylife
Erwood
Evenjobb
Felin Fach
Felindre
Forden
Four Crosses
Garth
Garthbeibio
Gladestry
Glasbury
Glascwm
Guilsfield
Gwenddwr
Halfway
Highgate
Hirnant
Hundred House
Hyssington
Kerry
Kinnerton
Knucklas
Leighton
Llanafan-fawr
Llananno
Llanbadarn-fawr
Llanbadarn-fynydd
Llanbedr
Llanbister
Llanbrynmair
Llanddewi Ystradenny
Llandefaelogfach
Llandefalle
Llandegley
Llandeilor-Fan
Llandinam
Llandrindod Wells
Llandrinio
Llandulas
Llandysilio
Llandyssil
Llanerfyl
Llanfair Caereinion
Llanfaredd
Llanfechain
Llanfihangel Rhydithon
Llanfihangel-Bryn-Pabuan
Llanfihangel-Nant-Bran
Llanfihangel-nant-Melan
Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa
Llanfrynach
Llanfyllin
Llangadfan
Llangammarch Wells
Llangattock
Llangenny
Llangorse
Llangunllo
Llangurig
Llangynidr
Llangyniew
Llangynog
Llanhamlach
Llanidloes
Llanigon
Llanllugan
Llansaintfraed in Elvel
Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain
Llansantffread
Llanspyddid
Llanstephan
Llanwddyn
Llanwnog
Llanwrin
Llanwrthwl
Llanwrtyd
Llanwrtyd Wells
Llanyblodwel
Llanymynech
Llanyre
Llowes
Llyswen
Llywel
Lower Chapel
Machynlleth
Maesmynis
Mallwyd
Manafon
Meifod
Melverley
Merthyr Cynog
Mochdre
Montgomery
Nantmel
New Bridge
New Radnor
Newbridge on Wye
Newchurch
Newtown
Norton
Old Radnor
Painscastle
Pant-y-dwr
Partrishow
Penegoes
Pennant
Pennant-Melangell
Pen-rhos
Pentre-bach
Penybont
Pen-y-bont-fawr
Pen-y-cae
Pont Newydd
Pont-Robert
Pool Quay
Rhayader
Rhos-goch
Saint Harmon
Sarn
Sennybridge
Staylittle
Stow
Talerddig
Talgarth
Talybont
Trecastle
Trefeglwys
Tregynon
Trelystan
Tretower
Upper Chapel
Van
Velindre
Welshpool
Whitton
Ystradfellte
Ystradgynlais

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Region: Wales
Area: 5,196 sq. km
Admin HQ: Llandrindod Wells
ISO 3166-2: GB-POW
ONS code: 00NN
Population: 131,500 (2005 est.)
Council: Powys Council

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