Kerry, Powys

Kerry (Welsh: Ceri) is a village and geographically large community in Montgomeryshire, Powys, Wales.

Kerry is located in Powys
Location within Powys
Population785 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSO146899
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWTOWN
Postcode districtSY16
Dialling code01686
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°30′04″N 3°15′29″W / 52.5012°N 3.25803°W / 52.5012; -3.25803Coordinates: 52°30′04″N 3°15′29″W / 52.5012°N 3.25803°W / 52.5012; -3.25803

The village lies on the A489 road 2.8 miles (4.5 km) southeast of Newtown and possesses two pubs — the Herbert Arms and the Kerry Lamb — a village hall, a bowling green, a post office, a primary school and a hairdresser.

Kerry also has a parish church of Norman origins dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels, as well as a baptist church.

It gives its name to the Kerry Hill breed of sheep.


The large, rural Kerry community contains the villages of Kerry, Glanmule, Dolfor and Sarn. It is divided into three wards (Kerry, Dolfor and Sarn)[2] and for Powys County Council the community is an electoral division/ward (called Kerry).[3] It falls in the historic county of Montgomeryshire.

Photograph by Percy Benzie Abery; c. 1910.
Photograph by Percy Benzie Abery; c. 1910.


The Battle of Kerry was fought nearby in 1228 between Llywelyn Fawr and Hubert de Burgh.

The area around the village was the Welsh commote and Lordship of Ceri, part of the region of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren,[4] and it was originally ruled by the Princes of Maelienydd and their descendants.[5][6]

Kerry was the terminus of the Kerry Railway, later a branch of the Cambrian Railways, connecting it to Abermule that ceased operating in 1956. The narrow gauge Kerry Tramway brought timber from the forests to the main line station.


Village population
Year Population
2001 745
2011 785
2018 770 (estimate)

St. Michael's ChurchEdit

St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Church of Kerry is located within the diocese of St. Asaph and was rededicated in 1176; an earlier church is likely to have occupied the site previously. The parish is very large in comparison to others, stretching as far as Mochdre, Dolfor and Beguildy. It boasts one of only three chained Bibles in Wales, possibly even in the United Kingdom, and is printed according to William Morgan's Welsh translation.

Dolforgan HallEdit

Dolforgan Hall and estate, was located just outside Kerry. From 1868 to 1883, it was the home of inventor and industrialist James Walton.[7] In 1894, it was purchased by John William Willans, the chief engineer of the Liverpool Overhead Railway, and passed to his son, philanthropist John Bancroft Willans.[8]

Kerry Hill sheepEdit

Kerry was noted for its local breed of sheep and the large sheep fairs that were held in the village. Kerry Hill sheep have a distinctive and unique coloration, with a white face bearing black markings around the mouth, ears, and eyes.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a=7&b=11125132&c=SY16+4DQ&d=16&e=62&g=6491024&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=0&s=1447241871297&enc=1 "Ward/Community population 2011". Retrieved 11 November 2015. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  2. ^ Powys County Council Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine Kerry boundary review
  3. ^ "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  4. ^ Sir John Edward Lloyd: A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest, 1911
  5. ^ Montgomeryshire Collections (The Powysland Club), Vol. 95 (2007), pages 23-31): The Lordship of Ceri in the Thirteenth Century, David Stephenson
  6. ^ Collections Historical & Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire (The Powysland Club), Volume 1 (1868), page 233: The Welsh Lords of Kerry and Arwystli, Hon. & Rev. G.T.O. Bridgeman M.A.
  7. ^ Williams, Richard (1894). Montgomeryshire worthies. Newtown: Phillips & Son. p. 308.
  8. ^ "WILLANS, JOHN BANCROFT (1881 - 1957), country landowner, antiquarian and philanthropist". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. The National Library of Wales. 2001.

External linksEdit

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