Newtown: Town Walk 2
Starting at Gravel car park, walk along Gas Street past The Bank (a group of restored 16th century half timbered cottages, possibly named from the town’s defensive bank stretching to the river) Walk along Severn Street past the Council Chambers building on the right. (The Free Library building at the top of the street houses the Robert Owen Museum, they were donated £1000 towards its building by the Co-operative Union in commemoration of Robert Owen inspiring the Co-operative Movement in with his works in 1799and through out his life.) With Barclays Bank on your left. At the junction turn right onto Broad Street, follow the road past the 19th century inn called the Black Boy (in the 19th century this inn boasted “well aired beds and extensive yard and stabling”) Walk over Longbridge (The original wooden bridge which crossed to Frankwell was replaced by the Longbridge in 1826, this encouraged the development of the weaving quarter in Penygloddfa. There was so much traffic that new footways had to be added in 1857) Turn left onto Milford Road and walk a short way down the pavement on the left hand side of the road, Turn left into Dolerw Park, (entering the park you will see a Stone Circle or Gorsedd, although this appears to be of ancient origin the Gorsedd was in fact constructed for the National Eisteddfod held in Newtown in 1965 abd was originally situated on the other side of the river. They were moved to their present location in 1972.) Follow this path until you come to the bridge, cross the river using the bridge and continue right passing a miniature railway line whilst walking along the cycle path. Follow this path past the Police Station and the Public Library. Shortly after the Library turn left onto Park Street, Stay on Park street until you come to a turning on the left hand side of the road that takes you into a park and past the main Council Offices and Newtown Castle Mound (a 13th century motte and bailey forte protecting the southern approaches of the ‘New Town’). Follow this path to the main road and cross at the pedestrian crossing, walk along the High Street and past the Buck Inn (a 17th century house that has become a public house by the end of the 19th century,) and WH Smith (this shop has been restored to the original 1927 façade with a museum upstairs recreating their history) Turn right into Short Bridge Street, walking past the monument to Robert Owen (unveiled on the 21st May 1956, along with a bronze relief, to commemorate Owens practical socialism.) and back to Gravel Car Park.