Former weaving factory, Newtown
Former weaving factory, 5-7 Commercial Street, Newtown
Newtown Textile Museum occupies a building erected in the 1830s as a weaving factory, with on-site living quarters for six families.
At the time, Newtown was experiencing a population explosion as mechanisation of the textile industry created demand for more labour. The town had c.1,600 inhabitants in 1801, and almost 7,000 by the 1850s.
This building consists of six cottages, in back-to-back pairs, on the ground and first floors. The rooms on the upper two floors run the whole length of the building, providing space for the weavers’ hand-operated looms. As you look at the building from the street you can see how the upper and lower floors have contrasting window patterns.
These upper floors became home to the textile museum in 1967. Now the cottages are also part of the museum. Visitors can see looms and spinning wheels and discover how the textile industry transformed Newtown. The museum also provides expert demonstrations of spinning, weaving and quilt-making.
Postcode: SY16 2BL View Location Map