Presteigne is a town as well as community in Radnorshire, Powys, Wales. It was the county town of the historic county of Radnorshire. In spite of resting on a minor B road the community has, in common with several various other towns near the Wales-England border, thought the slogan, "Gateway to Wales". The town sits on the south bank of the River Lugg, which forms the England-- Wales border as it passes the town-- the border effectively wraps around three sides of the town (north, eastern as well as south). Close-by communities are Kington to the south and also Knighton to the north, and bordering villages include Norton as well as Stapleton. The community falls within the Diocese of Hereford. The community possibly began as a tiny settlement around a Minster church devoted to St Andrew and at the time of the Domesday Book and also created part of the estate of Humet. By the mid-12th century it was called 'Presthemede' or 'the border meadow of the clergymans'. A century later on, it passed into the control of the Mortimers, effective Marcher lords, and also on their loss passed into the hands of the Crown. At the end of the 13th century, most of the town's inhabitants, primarily English, enjoyed some success but the Black Death as well as the Glyndwr rebellion had actually damaged this and also by the end of the 15th century, the now mostly Welsh, population stayed in a having a hard time town. A considerable success in their disobedience was won by the pressures of Owain Glyndwr nearby at the Fight of Bryn Glas in 1402. The development of a growing fabric market in the Tudor duration brought temporary prosperity, ended by three brand-new upsurges of afflict in three successive generations. After that it ended up being a market community as well as, up until the later 16th century, a centre for handling in your area expanded barley right into malt. By the Acts of Union, Presteigne - at first jointly with New Radnor - came to be the county town of Radnorshire and also its management and judicial centre, real estate the area gaol as well as the Shire Hall. By the end of the 19th century its newer as well as bigger neighbor, Llandrindod Wells, had actually usurped the role of management centre, yet Presteigne remained the location for the Assizes until these were eliminated in 1971. After a duration of torpidity in the first fifty percent of the 20th century, the community has actually created a varied manufacturing base and has started to exploit its tourism potential while its atmosphere as well as the growth of its social, cultural as well as leisure facilities have actually helped to bring in individuals to settle.