Here are some photographs of Newtown, Montgomeryshire's largest town (pop. 10,000). Newtown is sometimes thought of as having more of the atmosphere of a Midlands than a Welsh town, and the photos hopefully give some flavour of its industrial past. Note the old three storied weaving factory houses in many of the shots.
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|Panorama of the town from Crescent Street|
|The River Severn (with the wooden Montgomeryshire belfry of old St Mary's in the middle distance)|
|Church Street, leading to old St Mary's churchyard and the ruins of the church|
|St Mary's churchyard|
|The Bank houses (17th c.)|
|High Street (showing the Buck Inn)|
|Severn Street, once known as Duck Lane, it was here that the Welsh congregational chapel, later situated on Milford Road and recently closed (September 2000), was set up in 1847|
|Park Street, showing entrance to one of the old courts|
|Another shot of Park Street, the area library is at the west end (it holds the county's local interest books and copies of censuses etc)|
|Lloyd & Lloyd ironmongers shop, Broad Street|
|Wesley Place, recently (September 2000) redeveloped|
|The Cross. Opposite the
bank centre shot stands the Robert Owen Museum, dedicated to Newtown's
most famous son. The museum on the ground floor of the town council
building contains much of interest for anybody interested in
Newtown. Current opening hours (summer 2001):
Monday-Friday: 9.30 - 12 and 2 - 3.30;
Saturday: 9.30 - 11.30;
Closed Christmas week and Good Friday.
|Frolic Street (once home of the harper John Roberts)|
|Union Street, Penygloddfa (the part of Newtown on the north side of the river Severn, in the parish of Llanllwchaiarn) showing typical three storied weaving houses - this is the best preserved area of the old town|
|Bryn Street, Penygloddfa|
|Chapel Street, Penygloddfa|
| Commercial Street,
Penygloddfa; the Grapes Inn on the left (associated with Thomas Powell the
Chartist) was closed for a time but has reopened recently.
The building in the middle houses the Newtown textile museum. Current opening hours (as of summer 2001) are:
Open 1 May - 30 September
2 - 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Well worth a visit.
|Cross Street, Penygloddfa|
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