Newtown Textile Museum is housed in an 1830s hand-loom weaving factory which consisted of six back-to-back cottages which had one room downstairs and one room upstairs. Above these were two floors which housed up to 22 hand-looms. The building is largely intact and gives visitors a real sense of the life at the time. Newtown was known as the 'Leeds of Wales' in the early 1800s as the town became the centre of a thriving woollen weaving industry.
The stories told in the Museum relate to the working and living conditions of the weavers and others who occupied the cottages; the journey of wool from 'fleece to flannel', together with the industrial history of the town in the 19th century; and associated trades in the town such as drapers, clog makers and the leather industry. We also cover some of the significant people in the town including Pryce Jones. Credited with establishing the first Mail Order business in Britain he played a major role in the towns prosperity in the second half of the 1800s. Family historians who have weavers and spinners as ancestors will enjoy seeing how they lived and worked. Regular spinning and weaving demonstrations are held where visitors can try their hand at these ancient crafts, and other crafts days are also held.
The Textile Museum is just north of the River Severn in Newtown, in the heart of a conservation zone. Limited on street parking just outside, but town car parks within 5 minutes walk.
Opening times for 2019: -
The Museum will be open from 2 May until 28 September.
Opening hours in 2019 will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.00 - 16.00
Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 10.30 - 16.00