Presteigne began life as a small settlement clutched around St Andrews Church. It was registered in the Domesday Book under the Humet Manor. Despite some Merry England-esque prosperity in the next hundred or so years, the plague and the Glyndwr rebellion consigned the inhabitants of Presteigne to hardship.
The Tudor period saw a resurgence in economic activity in the town, with the cloth trade providing the majority of townsfolk with their income. Diversifying its mercantile portfolio during the early modern period brought stability to the town which grew to become the administerial centre of Radnorshire.
Today Presteigne exploits its tourism potential with excellent cultural and leisure facilities augmenting the attraction of the outdoor pursuits in the Welsh Marches countryside.