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Radnor Township A favorite of local Main Line residents

Radnor Township is surrounded by historic Wayne, Gladwyne and Bryn Mawr, and borders Villanova. Although the townships seem to overlap and run into each other, Radnor has a special ambiance and quaint village community feel.

Radnor’s History

Radnor Township is one of the oldest municipalities in Pennsylvania. Radnor Township was founded as a part of the Welsh tract. The original settlers were Welsh-speaking Quakers. In about 1681, a group of Welsh Quakers met with William Penn to secure a grant of land in which they could conduct their affairs in their own language. The parties agreed on a tract covering 40,000 acres (160 km2), to be constituted as a separate county whose people and government could conduct their affairs in Welsh. William Penn, an English Quaker, laid out the township in an elongated rectangle located parallel to the Schuylkill River, and the borders of the township have remained unchanged since its founding in 1682.

In 1717, the Welsh Friends built a meeting house on a trail made by the Susquehannock Indians in Radnor Township. Radnor Township grew around the meeting house and remained the center of population of the township for 200 years. The new township was named “Radnor” after the county in Wales called Radnorshire. The influence of the Welsh, some of whom were forced by heavy taxation to sell their land, waned in the latter half of the 18th century. A hint of Radnor’s beginnings remain in the names of streets and places evident throughout the community, such as the St. Davids neighborhood, named for Saint David, the patron saint of Wales.

Radnor School District

The Radnor School District is one of the top ranking school districts in the country and overlaps township borders. Lux Living Group has a dedicated guide to homes within the Radnor School District, regardless of township for easy, streamlined searching.

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