Welcome to Newtown (Y Drenewydd)
A former mill town and once major UK textile centre, Newtown, on the Severn and dating back to 1279, has lots of history but is quiet today. You'll struggle to find much life on a Sunday, although it wakes up for the Tuesday and Saturday markets. Its big claim to fame is that Robert Owen, the factory reformer, founder of the cooperative movement and 'father of Socialism', was born here in 1771, though he left at the age of 10 and only returned just before his death in 1858. Monuments to his esteemed memory abound in the town centre.
Newtown is almost the home of Laura Ashley (she opened her first shop in Carno, 10 miles west of the centre).