The Newtown area, Montgomeryshire
Newtown grew in the 18th and 19th centuries around the textile and flannel industry, stimulated by completion of the Montgomeryshire Canal.
Newtown still holds markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays and, as well as the canal, the River Severn flows through the town.
The Cross Buildings stand at the end of the High Street at its junction with Broad Street, Severn Street and Shortbridge Street. It is a striking Victorian brick building with some intricate details in stone, the Clock Tower is perhaps the most iconic sight in Newtown.
The town clock, but not the tower, was given to the people of Newtown in 1900.
The Robert Owen Museum houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to Robert Owen's life. He was born in Newtown in 1771 and this museum is a very short distance from where he was born. He pioneered free education and better working conditions for all and started the world wide co-operative movement.
The original Market Hall, built around 1570 and was demolished in 1852. The new Market Hall, shown here, was finished in 1870 but then altered and enlarged in 1890.
There is a small cafe area just inside the entrance which is quite pleasant where we had lunch. Amanda had an omlette and said it was the nicest that she had ever had.
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The Kerry Ridgeway starts near Cider House Farm, just a few miles south of Newtown, on the B4355 road which branches off the A483 at Dolfor.
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A short way south of Newtown and just over the border into Radnorshire is a landscape feature known as the Ring.
About 4 miles north of Newtown, near Tregynon, is Gregynog Hall. A large country mansion with extensive grounds.