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Presteigne (Welsh: Llanandras) is the county town of the traditional county of Radnorshire, lying in Powys, mid Wales. The town sits on the River Lugg which forms the northern border with Herefordshire.

Notable buildings in the town include the parish church, parts of which are Anglo-Saxon, and the Jacobean Radnorshire Arms hotel. Other attractions include the Judge's Lodging, decorated in mid-Victorian style.

Presteigne attracted national attention in 2004 for an unpopular and ultimately unsuccessful campaign by its Mayoress, Peggy Fraser-Scott to enforce a curfew on the town's youth.

Presteigne is renowned for its prestigious annual festival of classical music which has been staged each August since 1983. Until 2005, it held a popular summer showcase for student bands and New Age musicians known as Sheep Music, which has since been suspended.

Henry Edward's Old English Customs: Curious Requests and Charities mentions the bell-ringer appointed by John Beddoes in 1565 to ring a 'day bell' at 8am, and a curfew at 8pm. Beddoes specified that in the event of the custom being abandoned for more than a year, (except in plagues) the funds set aside for this position would revert to his heirs.

Beddoes also gave his name to Presteigne's secondary school, which he established in 1565, donating 5 flocks of sheep whose wool was to be used to fund the school. John Beddoes School, which is attended by about 700 pupils, keeps many traditions and customs in honour of its founder, including the controversial 'Bell Day' on December 3rd, when after a solemn, torchlit march to the town's church at dawn, pupils run through the streets ringing school bells until sunset. The high expense of replacing the many bells lost each year led to a suspension of the event in 1989, but it was reintroduced in 2004 with a National Lottery grant.

Public Transport links are provided by :- Sargeants Brothers, who provide four buses daily (Monday to Saturday) to Kington in Herefordshire with connections from there to Hereford, and four buses daily to Knighton,in Powys, Wales, and a school service to Lady Hawkins School in Kington.

Lugg Valley Travel provide bus links to Leominster in Herefordshire.


 Libraries in Presteigne:
 Presteigne Library
       Market Hall
       Broad Street
       Presteigne
       Powys LD8 2AD
 01544 260552
 Tue 10:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-7:00pm
       Wed 10:00am-1:00pm 2:00pm-5:00pm
       Thur 1:00pm-4:00pm
       Fri 10:00am-1:00pm
       Sat 10:00am-1:00pm


 Farmers Markets in Presteigne:
 Presteigne Farmers Market
       Radnorshire Arms Hotel
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BE
 9am-1pm First Saturday each month
 01544 267 768


 Museums in Presteigne:
 Judges Lodgings
       Broad Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2AD
 01544 260650


 Theates in Presteigne:
 Presteigne Festival Of Music & The Arts
       Broad Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2AA
 01544 267800


 Tourist Information Centre in Presteigne:

 Telephone:

01544 260650

 Fax:

01544 260652

 Email:

[email protected]

 Address:

The Judges' Lodging
Broad Street
Presteigne
Powys
LD8 2AD 

 Hours:

Summer 7 Days  10.00 - 18.00
Winter
Wednesday - Sunday
November & December only - Closed January/February & March 10:00 - 16:00 


 Pubs/Bars in Presteigne:
 Barleymow Inn
       35 Hereford Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2AT
 01544 267449

 The Bull Hotel
       St David Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BP

 Eagle Hotel
       Broad Street
       New Radnor
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2SN

 Farmers Inn
       Hereford Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2AW
 01544 267389

 Radnor Arms
       Broad Street
       New Radnor
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2SP
 015443 50232

 Radnorshire Arms Hotel
       High Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BE

 Red Lion Inn
       Melan Bungalow
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2TN

 The Royal Oak
       High Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BA
 01544 267510


 Hotels in Presteigne:
 The Bull Hotel
       St David Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BP
 01544 267488

 The Radnorshire Arms
       High Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BE
 01544 267406


 Campsites/Carvans in Presteigne:
 RM Deakins
       Rockbridge Park
       Discoyd
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2NF
 01547 560300


 Restaurants in Presteigne:
 The Hat Shop Restaurant
       7 High Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BA
 01544 260017


 Cafes in Presteigne:
 The Coffee House
       51 High Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BE
 01544 260055

 Country Kitchens
       9 High Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BA
 01544 267132


 Take Aways in Presteigne:
 The Cabin
       High Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BA
 01544 267068

 Victoria Fish Bar in Presteigne:
       52 High Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BE
 01544 260565


 Taxis in Presteigne:
 Country Cabs
       32 High St
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BE
 01544 267976

 Garrod's Taxis
       Church House
       Broad St
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2AB
 01544 267220

 Woodside Motors
       14 High St
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2BA
 01544 267739


 Vets in Presteigne:
 Arrowfield Veterinary Group
       Willowdene
       Slough Lane
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2NH
 01544 267626


 Other in Presteigne:
 Border Kart Racing
       The Barn
       Kinsham
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2HN
 01544 267006

 Presteigne Bowling Social Club
       24 Hereford Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2AS
 01544 267151

 The Royal British Legion
       Hereford Street
       Presteigne
       Powys
       LD8 2AR
 01544 260205



 

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