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1. The gold in the county coat of arms symbolises the wealth of the area.

Black is for both mining and the Black Mountains.

The fountain is a medieval heraldic charge displayed as a roundel barry wavy Argent and Azure.

It represents water, and refers to both the water catchment area and the rivers and lakes. Thus, the arms contain references to the hills and mountains, rivers and lakes, water supply and industry.

The crest continues the colouring of the arms.

A tower has been used in preference to a mural crown, which alludes to the county's military history and remains.

From the tower rises a red kite, a bird almost once almost extinct elsewhere in Britain but with a long tradition of thriving here.

The bird is "semy of black lozenges" for the former coal mining industry while the golden fleece it carries is a reference to the importance of sheep rearing in Powys.

County Times:

The Powys coat of arms.

2. The first official Welsh settler to America, Howell Powell, was from Brecon. He left for Virginia in 1642.

County Times:

Brecon town centre.

3. The well at Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys is the most sulphurous in Wales.

Historian Theophilus Evans (1693 - 1767) once wrote of how the waters had cured his scurvy.

County Times:

The well in Llanwrtyd Wells.

4. The ancient family of Blayney, and to whom Gregynog Hall near Newtown belonged from the earliest times, dates its origin from a Prince of Powys, called Brochwell Ysgythrog – who was probably so named because of the prominence of his teeth.

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Gregynog Hall.

5. Newtown entrepreneur Pryce Jones is the godfather of mail order catalogues and the sleeping bag.

Originally known as Euklisia Rug, patented in 1876, the rugs were sold around the world with 60,000 rugs sold to the Russian army while some have been recorded to have been found in the Australian Outback and at missionary posts in the Congo.

County Times:

Early use of the Euklisia Rug.