Railways and Byways
The byways of England date back to The Bronze Age (2,400 BC) but the first proper metalled roads were built by The Romans (43-
Lyonshall is a good example with the roads linking Hereford, Ludlow and Brecon with their Norman Garrisons. Lyonshall Castle was the meeting point for these major routes. The Kington to Brecon 'tramroad' was built in 1796 to carry stone from the quarries to the iron works at Merthyr Tydfil and return with coal. When this proved inefficient it was replaced with a Railway in 1862. The Kington to Eardisley Railway was in part a "vanity project' by the local landowners and the Great Western Railway 'bailed it out' in 1875. It finally closed in 1940 but the Leominster to Kington and Presteigne lines ran through the Parish until 1964.
Railway history is a fascinating and rewarding study of England's social development.