Because of the Covid-19 pandemic the Newtown Textile Museum will not be opening on 1 May as planned. We will aim to open as soon as it is considered safe to do so, which we hope will be later in the summer. We look forward to the time when we can welcome visitors through the doors again. In the meantime, why not check out the stories on our history page or search for your ancestors in our census information to see if they were weavers.
Newtown Textile Museum, Powys is housed in an 1830's 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 1800's 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 1800's. 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.
Newtown Textile Museum is rates 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor!!!
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.