Tours in Powys
Llandrindod Wells (Powys) in World War 1
Life in Llandrindod Wells was transformed in the First World War, when the usual influx of tourists suddenly stopped and hotels became billets for thousands of Royal Army Medical Corps men and officers. Some of the spa facilities, developed for health tourism, made ideal hospitals for wounded or rheumatic soldiers.
The town welcomed refugees from occupied Belgium and raised funds to aid soldiers and war horses. The temporary residents engaged in musical, theatrical and sporting entertainment, sometimes sharing platforms with locals.
Army deserters were taken to courts martial in the town, and a tribunal decided whether local men – including conscientious objectors – should be exempted from military service. As the war ground on, more and more men left their homes and workplaces in Llandrindod to serve, and more and more were reported wounded or killed. Some families lost more than one person.
Now you can discover how the war affected the town by following our self-guided trail. Simply scan the QR codes at any of the featured places to start. When you’ve read the text for that location, click “Next” to see the text and map for the next place on the trail. Eventually you’ll return to your starting point.
The complete circuit is about 2.3km (about 1.4 miles).
To follow the trail virtually, choose a starting location from the box on the right.
To view a map showing all HiPoints on this tour follow this link.
The trail was created by HistoryPoints in conjunction with the Powys War Memorials Project.
Powys County Council and HistoryPoints cannot accept liability for any injury or loss suffered by any person as a result of taking part in the trail. Any person taking part should satisfy themselves that the walk is suitable for them.
We have made every effort to ensure that the information provided is correct at the time of publication and Powys County Council and HistoryPoints will not be held liable for any loss or disappointment suffered as a result of using the information.
Other tours in Powys
The Offa's Dyke Path runs through eastern Powys. Click here for the introduction to our QR-code tour along the path.
The Wales Coast Path goes through Machynlleth. We have created QR codes for walkers to discover the history of hundreds of places along the path. Click here for the introduction to our WCP tour