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The local area guide to living in Newtown

A great place to live to the full, Newtown is a rural town in the heart of Powys, Wales. The settlement is the largest of its kind within the county, and the famous River Severn winds its way past the town and on towards the Aberystwyth coast, some 40 miles away. Newtown has existed in some form or another since the latter part of the 13th century. At the time, Edward I of England instructed Roger de Montgomerie to build a centre for the hamlet known as Llanfair-yng-Nghedewain.

Like many of its neighbouring towns, Newtown was once a hub for the textile and rag trade. A textile museum, in a small weaver’s cottage, is now one of only few memoirs of the industry left. Two theatres, four churches and the Robert Owen museum are in the heart of this former market town, and lush green open spaces surround the riverbank.

Nature, flora and flora surrounds the outskirts of Newtown too, with Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve just three miles out of town and plenty of walking trails a little further afield. As low key as Newtown can be at times, there is a wealth of things to see and do – the best of both worlds.

Information about the local residents

The last census count in 2011 cited Newtown’s population at 11,357 people. Most are British, highly educated and aged 45-59 or 30-44 and over.

In terms of housing arrangements, some locals own their houses outright, some have a mortgage and others rent private or social housing. One car or a van per household is also common – it’s generally considered the preferred choice for commuting.

There are roughly as many people working full time as there are retired. Locals who are in full-time work tend to be in the wholesale and retail trades, in automotive repairs, manufacturing or health and social work.

Nearby schools

As the largest town in Powys, there are plenty of state schools to choose from. Some of the best scoring primary schools include Ladywell Green school, Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd and Ysgol Gynradd Carno in Carno; a 12-mile drive from Newtown.

Secondary school students need to travel a little further to reach the best schools. A 14 mile (or 25 minute) commute will bring top schools like Llanidloes High and Welshpool High within easy reach. Newtown’s own high school and sixth form also boasts an exceptionally high rating.

Conveniently, the top three independent schools are all within close proximity to Newtown. The Potteries, Focus School and Bettws Lifehouse are roughly a 10-minute drive away.

Getting around

Public transport is growing within Newtown. National Rail and Arriva Trains run services from central Newtown all across the UK and Tanat Valley coaches run regular bus services across the local area.

However, a car will always be the smartest option for convenience – and for navigating the rural roads in and around Newtown.

Getting to an airport will need a little planning ahead, or if preferred, an overnight stay in the city you’re flying from. The most accessible airports for Newtown locals are Liverpool Birmingham, Manchester or Cardiff – they are all roughly a two-hour drive away.

Local shops

Tudor-inspired architecture adorns the gateway to the town’s shopping district of Bear Lanes. Wander through and you’ll discover a surprising selection of well-known high street chains, charity shops, banks and dry cleaners all in one place.

However, you don’t have to head to the shopping centre; there are plenty of convenience shops dotted around the town where you can easily pick up those essential items.

When it comes to entertainment, there are galleries, a library and cinema, and many local sports facilities where cricket, tennis and basketball clubs are regularly run. Take advantage of the local walking groups to experience highlights of the area for yourself.

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