Newtown Textile Museum
The Newtown Textile Museum gives visitors a chance to see how the handloom weavers of the 19th century lived and worked. The building which houses the Museum was built in the 1830s as a hand-loom weaving factory, the looms occupying the top two floors above three pairs of two storey back-to-back houses on the lower floors. Newtown’s development into a centre for the woollen industry is described through exhibits in the former cottages. On the top two floors the story of fleece to flannel is illustrated by looms and spinning wheels, alongside displays of related industries and influential local people such as Pryce Jones. We also have exhibits of modern wool craft and demonstrations by experts in spinning, and weaving. Visiting craftsmen such as a clog-maker, and a series of evening lectures will be held over the summer.
5-7 Commercial Street,
Entry free, but donations sought.
Disabled access to the upper floors is limited. Some displays available on the ground floor.