Newtown, Powys: Old Photos & Films

Newtown was once surrounded by factories, canals and steam trains. While it’s still the largest town in the county of Powys, life in this Welsh town on the banks of the River Severn is gentler and quieter than in previous ages. That’s not to say nothing ever happens here, as the footage of carnivals and flooding show.

Newtown Through The Ages

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Frank Moore posted some old photos of the town’s people and places onto Facebook, and got such a great response he decided to start a Facebook page, Frank Moore’s Photographs old and new of Newtown, Powys. 

Unfortunately, his computer went wrong, so he bought a new one from Darren Williams of Blues Digital. It was a lucky move. Darren had thousands of old photos of the area.

Combining the old photos with modern film footage, along with myths and facts shared by Rory Evans of (Mid Wales Paranormal) this is an engaging local history film.

Halfpenny Bridge, Newtown, Powys

In less than two minutes, David Pugh sets out the significance of the canal area around the Halfpenny Bridge and in particular the Pryce Jones mail order business which took off after the opening of the local railway in 1861.

Newtown In The 1950s

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See the 1950s carnival in Newtown, Powys

A fascinating look at the carnival held on Saturday June 24th, 1950. Many local adults and children appear.

Newtown Floods

Historic black and white footage of flooding which caused considerable damage. Lots of local people appear too.

A Drive In The 1980s

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It’s a shame that this drive through town was recorded in the dark. However, you do glimpse the cars and road systems, along with a number of lit buildings.

Newtown From 2000-2010

Newtown, Powys, a slideshow of photographs from August 2004

In the summer of 2004, Rob Davies took over a hundred photographs of Newtown and Montgomery in Powys. This short video is a slide show of some of those photographs. It features a number of locations and people.

Newtown Flash Flood

A quick look at some flash flooding which hit the town on Wednesday 10th June, 2009.

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The railway station in 2010.

After 2010

Glanhafren Hall, Llanidloes Road, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4HZ

In March 2013, Glanhafren Hall was put on the property market. In this short video, learn about the bestselling authors who once lived and stayed here.

NEWTOWN powys carnival 2013

All the sights and sounds of the carnival on a hot, sunny day in 2013.

New pub called Black Boy opens creating 50 jobs

The official opening of the pub on 27th May 2014.

Newtown carnival

More fun from the carnival, this time a quick clip from 2014.

Tesco Newtown singing little donkey.

Managers and team leaders singing in the Tesco store at Christmas in 2014.

Sheep Movement around Newtown bypass

If you’re a fan of Radio 4’s The Archers, you’ll remember when David and Ruth almost sold their farm because major road plans threatened to divide their land in two. In the end, they didn’t move to Prudhoe in Northumberland because the planners chose a different route for the bypass.

Unfortunately, in real life framers are left to deal with the consequences of decisions they have no control over.

This flock needed several people and a sheepdog to get them safely across the roadworks.

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