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Montgomeryshire: 52.651395, -3.408508

Montgomeryshire, also called Maldwyn or Sir Drefaldwyn in Welsh, is a historic county of Wales. It now forms the northern part of Powys, which also includes the historic counties of Radnorshire, much of Brecknockshire and a bit of Denbighshire. Montgomeryshire itself also borders Cardiganshire and Merionethshire in Wales and Shropshire in England. The name originates from its main town, Montgomery, named after Roger de Montgomerie who was a counselor of William the Conqueror and first Earl of Shrewsbury.

Montgomeryshire is a very mountainous region, with the River Severn running much of the length of the county. Primary industries are agriculture and tourism. The population is most dense along the border with England, hence Shrewsbury in Shropshire provides many of the essential services for this population.

The county contains many sites of historic interest. Prehistoric burial mounds, or tumuli, can be found at Trefeglwys. Mathrafal was the seat of the Kings of Powys from about the ninth to thirteenth centuries, preceded by a hillfort which could date back to the sixth century. Dolforwyn and Powis are medieval castles built by the Welsh, while Montgomery Castle is a Norman castle built by the invading English. The county also contains new attractions such as the Museum of Modern Art at Machynlleth and the Centre for Alternative Technology in Powys.

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