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Newtown, Powys (Y Drenewydd)

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Newtown, Powys (Y Drenewydd)

Newtown is the largest town in the county of Powys, Wales. It had a population of 12,783 in 2001. Lying on the River Severn, within the historic boundaries of Montgomeryshire, the town is best known as the birthplace of Robert Owen in 1771 with his former house now being a museum. Newtown is also the home of Theatr Hafren and Oriel Davies Gallery, a major public gallery of Wales, which shows national and international contemporary art and craft.
Post townNEWTOWN
Administrative CountyPowys
Traditional CountyMontgomeryshire
OS GridSO1191
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityDyfed Powys
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMid and West Wales
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMid and West Wales
Ambulance AuthorityWelsh
Dialling code01686

Other names by which Newtown, Powys (Y Drenewydd) has been known in the past

Newtown/Y Drenewydd ~ Y Drenewydd ~ Newtowne ~ Tre Newydd

Newtown, Powys (Y Drenewydd) in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Newtown.-- parl. bor., market town, and par., Montgomeryshire, on river Severn, 7 ½ miles SW. of Montgomery and 188 from London by rail - town and par., 2736 ac., pop. 4279; bor. (comprising Newtown par., and part of Llanllwchaiarn par.), 6836 ac., pop. 6974; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. Tre-Newydd is the Welsh name of the town, which is the chief seat of the Welsh flannel mfr., a trade which has fallen off considerably in the district, and is being superseded by mfrs. of tweeds, shawls, &c. Newtown is one of the Montgomery District of Parliamentary Boroughs, which returns 1 member.

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