Presteigne is a community as well as area in Radnorshire, Powys, Wales. It was the county town of the historical region of Radnorshire. In spite of pushing a small B road the town has, alike with a number of various other communities close to the Wales-England border, presumed the motto, "Gateway to Wales". The town rests on the south bank of the River Lugg, which creates the England-- Wales boundary as it passes the town-- the boundary effectively wraps around three sides of the community (north, east and south). Nearby communities are Kington to the south and Knighton to the north, as well as bordering villages include Norton and Stapleton. The community drops within the Diocese of Hereford. The town probably began as a little settlement around a Minster church committed to St Andrew as well as at the time of the Domesday Book as well as created part of the manor of Humet. By the mid-12th century it was referred to as 'Presthemede' or 'the border meadow of the priests'. A century later on, it entered the control of the Mortimers, powerful Marcher lords, as well as on their autumn passed into the hands of the Crown. At the end of the 13th century, the majority of the town's residents, generally English, enjoyed some success yet the Black Death as well as the Glyndwr rebellion had destroyed this as well as by the end of the 15th century, the now largely Welsh, population lived in a battling town. A substantial victory in their disobedience was won by the forces of Owain Glyndwr close by at the Battle of Bryn Glas in 1402. The growth of a prospering towel industry in the Tudor duration brought short-lived prosperity, finished by 3 new upsurges of afflict in three succeeding generations. After that it ended up being a market town and, up until the later 16th century, a centre for processing locally grown barley right into malt. By the Acts of Union, Presteigne - at first jointly with New Radnor - ended up being the county town of Radnorshire as well as its management and judicial centre, real estate the region gaol as well as the Shire Hall. By the end of the 19th century its newer and also bigger neighbour, Llandrindod Wells, had taken over the duty of management centre, however Presteigne stayed the place for the Assizes till these were abolished in 1971. After a period of stagnancy in the very first half of the 20th century, the town has created a varied manufacturing base and has actually begun to exploit its tourist capacity while its environment and the growth of its social, cultural as well as leisure facilities have actually helped to draw in individuals to work out.