Knighton - The Town

Knighton Clocktower

Knighton is rich in history with half-timbered houses, winding streets known locally as "The Narrows". There is evidence of settlement in the area dating back to the Stone Age but the current town is mostly medieval in origin.

Until the mid-1800s it was possible to obtain a divorce by "selling the wife" at the place where the clocktower now stands. The husband would bring his wife to the place at the end of a rope.

There is a Town Trail that takes you around the places and buildings of

St Edward's Chuch

historic interest in the town, including a section of Offa's Dyke and 'Bryn y Castell' - one of two Norman castle mounds in Knighton (the second is in a private garden). Leaflets containing the Town Trail are available from the Tourist Information Centre.

The Offa's Dyke Centre offers an attractive interactive exhibition that allows visitors to explore the Dyke, its associated long distance footpath, and the border area in general, through interactive displays and graphic display panels. The free exhibition covers the construction of Offa's Dyke, the Welsh Princes of the Anglo-Saxon period, the flora and fauna of the area, the history of Knighton and the maintenance of the Dyke and the National Trail. The Offa's Dyke Centre also hosts the local Tourist information Centre and a shop.

Try our Knighton Town Trail to discover more about the history of the town.

Knighton Livestock Market
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