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Builth Wells (Welsh: Llanfair ym Muallt) is a town in Powys, traditional county of Brecknockshire, mid Wales, lying on the River Wye.

Builth Wells grew as a market town and spa, and is known as the location of the Royal Welsh Showground, home to the Royal Welsh Show (although the showground is actually over the river Wye in Llanelwedd, Radnorshire).

The town in served by Builth Road railway station on the Heart of Wales Line, which is located just over a mile to the north, having lost its more central railway station on the Mid Wales Railway in the 1960s.

It was probably at Cilmeri - a village close to Builth - that Llywelyn ap Gruffudd Ein Llew Olaf was ambushed and killed as he tried to rally the men of the lordshire of Builth in December 1282.

Builth Wells has the distinction of having the only post box in the United Kingdom bearing the cypher of King Edward VIII, the uncrowned king whose abdication in 1936 caused a constitutional crisis.


Statue of a Welsh Black Bull, Builth Wells
Statue of a Welsh Black Bull, Builth Wells

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