Newtown is the largest town in the county of Powys, Wales. Lying on the River Severn, within the historic boundaries of Montgomeryshire, the town is best known as the birthplace of Robert Owen in 1771 with his former house now being a museum.
The town grew in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries around the textile and flannel industry and the arrival of the Montgomeryshire Canal. In 1838, the town saw Wales' first Chartist demonstration.
The town was designated as a "new town" in 1967 and has seen a large population growth as companies and people have settled, changing the rural market town character and today the town has developed into the largest town in Mid Wales.
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