Newtown Textile Museum Claimed

History of the boom and bust of woollen industry in 1800s.

The Textile Museum is situated at 5-7 Commercial Street in Newtown. The building is a fine example of a typical early 19th century weaving shop. Originally there were six back-to-back cottages on the two lower floors, with two loom floors running the length of the building above . The six cottages would have housed a family each. Over the years many of these families would have worked in the weaving shop on the two floors above, either as handloom weavers or with associated work. The museum now has one floor is dedicated to showing looms, spinning wheels and the processes involved in turning fleece into flannel. The top floor has exhibits of local businesses including Pryce Jones, one of the early pioneers in mail order. There are also displays of the businesses of the town over the centuries. The lower floors show recreated rooms, and further information on the history of the town and its people.


Q When are you open?

The Museum is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 - 16.00 each week between 1st May and 29th September. Entry is free but donations are encouraged as the museum is run by volunteers.

Q Do you offer tours?

Group tours can be arranged for a small fee. These are run when the museum is not otherwise open to the public. Weaving, spinning or other craft demonstrations can be arranged as part of a tour. Details on our website.