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Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Powys Wales
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The Museum will be open until the end of September. It is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 - 16.00.

Covid regulations have been relaxed to a certain extent by the Welsh Government. Masks should still be worn indoors when visiting the Museum but it is no longer necessary to book a ticket (but you can still use the booking system if you wish). Track and Trace information will no longer be collected, but other measures such as sanitiser, perspex screens etc will still be in place.

Check out the website for the latest information.

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Web: www.newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/newtowntextilemuseum
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/textilemuseumnewtown/ 

The Textile Museum in Newtown - just over the bridge into Commercial Street (see the map) gives visitors a chance to see how the handloom weavers of the mid-19th century lived and worked.

The Museum is housed in an 1830s 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 1800s as the town became the centre of a thriving hand-loom weaving industry.

The stories we tell 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 town's prosperity in the second half of the 1800s. 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.

In 2021 there will be an exhibition for the whole season called: "From sheep to sugar which traces the connection between the Welsh woollen industry and slavery." A fascinating story.

 See the website for details

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clog-shopFrancesca warping the loomloading the shuttle

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The Judge's Lodging

Presteigne Powys Wales
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'One of the world's most appealing small museums'

Dr John Davies, historian. 

Truly inspirational' is how HRH Prince of Wales described The Judge's Lodging on a visit to this stunningly restored Victorian courthouse. Historic Royal Palaces Curator & historian, Lucy Worsley exclaimed 'WHAT a stunning place!' after filming for the BBC in the building. The Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as 'Britain's Best Hidden Gem' and it was Highly Commended in the 2019 Welsh Hospitality Awards. A visitor recently summed their impression up in the Visitor Book as 'breathtaking in its authenticity'. You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional courthouse in the tiny Welsh border town of Presteigne.

The Judge's Lodging has long had a reputation for liking the quirkier side of history, so a visit to the museum will treat you to all sorts of fascinating insights into Victorian living, from jelly-making and napkin folding to toilet habits and household maintenance hints. This award-winning historic judge's accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time.

Wander through the judge's private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge's Lodging an historic house with a difference – you can touch!
You can lie on the beds, read the judge's books and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs there is the full range of servants' rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover. Yes – gaslit! The whole house is lit by completely by period lighting – once you enter the realms of the Judge's rooms, there is not an electric light in sight! The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes of trials long since concluded. You are guided through this Victorian world by an eavesdropping audiotour featuring the voice of actor Robert Hardy.

There's a host of special events and exhibitions to add to your entertainment. Every school holiday will come with exciting trails and activities to entertain the young, along with their own guidebook, full of facts about toilets, pants and things odd. There's a host of new activity chests to explore too. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on:

If you need to relax, the museum also runs a pop-up tearoom throughout the summer and school holiday periods, where you can grab some locally roasted coffee and cakes baked just 100 yards away.

When Lord Chief Justice Campbell was staying in the building whilst visiting the court in 1855, he claimed that it was "the most commodious and elegant apartments in all England and Wales". We are pleased to say that little has changed since his time, although there are now flushing toilets and everyone is allowed to sit in the Judge's chair!

If you want more information on any of the museum's work or activities, visit the website or just call the staff who are always happy to chat.

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