Montgomery sits in the county of Powys, Mid Wales. The old town of Montgomery sits close to the Anglo Welsh border and the history of Montgomery could be said to exemplify the history of Wales in its relationship with England. The English built the castles and the Welsh knocked them down, and in between, they fought each other. The conflict continued for several hundred years and the Welsh countryside is littered with many examples of the failed attempts of the English to subjugate the Welsh.
The legacy of all this warring, the castles of Wales, are some of the finest examples of medieval military architecture in Europe. The small town of Montgomery is no exception. Albeit that the ruins of Montgomery Castle atop the hill above the town do not have the grandeur of a Harlech, Conwy, or Caernarfon Castle. However, you would be hard pressed to find a border town with a more dramatic history than that of Montgomery. For hundreds of years it was of the greatest strategic importance on the Welsh Marches and saw battles and sieges during the border struggle between Welsh and English.
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