Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain is a village on the Shropshire border about 8 miles to the north of Welshpool. One of the many Llansantffraids established by St Bride who came over to Wales to preach, ‘The church of Saint Bride in the land of the river Cain’ is the literal translation. There is a story as to why the church stands where it does today. Originally the inhabitants chose Foel Hill as they thought it was closer to God because of its height. However as soon as building began they found that the stones had been moved to a hill on the other side of the road. They moved them back to Feol Hill, but again overnight they were moved. The villagers saw this as ‘the will of god’ and built the church on the second site.
The parish is almost entirely surrounded by the Vyrnwy, the Cain, the Tanat and their tributaries.
Llansantffraid’s football team previously known as Total Network Solutions F.C., won the Welsh premier football league in the 2004-2005 season, the first title since changing the name from Llansantffraid. Following the takeover of its sponsors, the team was renamed The New Saints F.C. for the 2006-2007 season and are now in the final of The Welsh Cup