Mid Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 2 - Welshpool to Newtown
Times in brackets are approximate passing times - assuming departure from Welshpool on schedule at 09.52. Left or Right refers to when facing direction of travel.
(09.57) L - We follow the River Severn upstream to Newtown. Long Mountain looks down over the small village of Forden on left. The former workhouse for the area is on the right; a substantial building constructed in 1795, it could house up to 1,000 inmates.
(09.59) L - Montgomery. We pass the site of the former station that served this town; Montgomery itself is over a mile to the east. The town, with its Georgian architecture, has a population of around 1250. Montgomery Castle was built to control an important ford over the nearby River Severn and replaced an earlier motte and bailey fortification two miles away. An important supporter of King William I (the Conqueror), Roger de Montgomery, originally from Montgomery in the Pays d'Auge in Normandy, was given this part of the Welsh Marches by William and his name was given to the town surrounding the castle. The castle also played a significant role in the Glyndwr uprising before it was damaged beyond repair by Parliamentary forces in the Civil War.
(10.02) R - Abermule. Dolforwyn Castle is a Welsh medieval castle above this village sited on a wooded ridge commanding excellent views of the upper Severn Valley. The fortification was established by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Gwynedd. In 1257 he invaded the area and Henry III recognised Llywelyn as Prince of Wales under the terms of the Treaty of Montgomery in 1267; the castle was constructed between 1273 and 1277.
10.05 Arrive at Newtown station and leave the train. The largest town in the county of Powys with a population of 12,800, Newtown's origin as a market town was in 1279, when King Edward I granted a charter to hold a market on Tuesdays. The Pryce Jones Royal Welsh Warehouse opposite the station sold flannel by post, the world's first mail order firm.