Pryce Pryce-Jones

The buildings exterior has undergone a much needed clean up  .

long gone is the bridge that connected the two buildings   known now as agricultural house.

An old photo showing the bridge between the two price Jones buildings

Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones
 Newtown businessman who introduced mail order shopping to the world
Place of Birth:
Llanllwchaearn, Newtown
Pryce-Jones was not averse to name-dropping and would use the names of his better-known customers on his promotional leaflets and labels – among them, Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale..
Pryce-Jones was born in Llanllwchaearn, just outside Newtown, in 1834. He became a highly successful businessman who devised a pioneering method of reaching markets far from rural Mid Wales.Pryce-Jones started his working life at the age of 12 as an apprentice at a local drapery business in Newtown’s main thoroughfare, Broad Street. He worked there until he was 21 and, having learned the tricks of the trade, he set out on his own.As with many successful businesses, Pryce-Jones started small with his own little shop selling drapery just off Broad Street. Newtown had always had a woollen industry and it was this local Welsh Flannel which formed the mainstay of Pryce-Jones’ business.It was the reform of the post office and the arrival of the railways in Newtown which helped turn a small rural concern into a global company.Pryce-Jones hit upon a unique method of selling his wares. People would choose what they wanted from leaflets he sent out and the goods would then by dispatched by post and train.

It was an ideal way of meeting the needs of customers living in isolated rural locations who were either too busy or unable to get into Newtown to shop. It was also the world’s first mail order business and it was to change the nature of retailing throughout the world.

The further expansion of the railways in the years that followed allowed Pryce Jones to take orders from further afield and his business grew rapidly. He built up an impressive list of customers – among them Florence Nightingale as well as Queen Victoria, the Princess of Wales and royal households across Europe. He also began selling Welsh Flannel from Newtown to far-flung America and even Australia

Several times, he had re-locate to bigger premises. In 1879, he built the Royal Welsh Warehouse, a tall redbrick building in the centre of Newtown which still stands today and which is still home to a mail order company, albeit not the original Pryce-Jones company.

By 1880, he had more than 100,000 customers and his success was acknowledged by Queen Victoria in 1887 with a knighthood, when he became Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones. He was also elected Member of Parliament for the area.

Pryce-Jones died in 1920 at the age of 85. The company he had built up over decades was hit badly by the depression of the 1920s and 1930s, being taken over by a Liverpool company in 1938.


the second entrance into the main Building this  sandstone facade has a lot of detail such as the two carved murals  depicting the transport of the day.


The rear of the building its quite clear to see there are 5 floors the basement now houses two bargain stores,

By sea

By Rail

goods from Pryce Jones Newtown went to the following cities around the world

3 carvings of Paris with different dates,

Two carved plaques of Vienna

they even sent the products to that strange land called England.

Two ports in Wales where the tall ships berthed to carry the woollen products abroad.

What is now the main entrance into the building

the whole facade has had a facelift


Newtown Station is now set in its 3rd location the public rail service was set in this location near pryce jones warehouse, in the 1900s

The mosaic flooring to the entrance

The oak stairs on the first floor these go up three flights but not to the top floorone of the cornice mouldings on the stair well.

This window on the landing between the first and second floor, Not sure if its meant to say or mean what it says. and I am sure Queen Victoria was too busy with Albert to care.

As well as Pheonix second hand furniture there is quite a good cafe on the 3rd floor notice the beveled sliding doors across what is a 7ft wide wall. I think as there is a door to each side of the opening they could be fire prevention doors. easy to close but quite hard to open on an upward slope.

The whole of this building is in superb Victorian workmanship. and thanks to the lottery fund it will be kept for the next generations to see.

waste of public money

more rain and its going to be this

Powys council to prepare flood risk strategy

Council bosses in Powys will prepare their own strategy to prevent flooding misery in Mid Wales, it has emerged.

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as I walked to the town  the heavens opened up and down came the rain  for the past few weeks all that has been coming down are the leaves  nature is at work so its natural that leaves come off the trees in Autumn.   the leaves in turn get trapped in crevaces   hedges and whatever acts as a windbreaker  such as all these new grids that have been put along paths and short cuts away from the road gutters,

For the past few months Powys council have spent thousands on making a walking area  from the Bus station  to the rail station. ok” it looks very nice and people can see where thier money has been spent. but was it practical  and was it needed? if we are going to have a new  much needed bypass.

Newtown, Powys, bypass plans to be unveiled

Plans for a bypass in Newtown, Powys, will be unveiled to the public this summer following a campaign spanning more than half a century.

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a blockage ouside the library where passing vehicles can give the pedestrians a good soaking. and I with a question   what was the point of wasting  our money on things that do not work, all i see are places to get a good soaking. and if I want that I have a shower.

oil patches near the kerb.

Even the entrance to Ladywell precict has a few puddles that can be walked through

Bear lanes precinct here we are warned that the floor is wet even though there are no puddles or passing vehicles to splash water on us, the reason for these cones is! the council are afraid of being sued by anybody slipping on this surface in a public place, so I wonder if I can claim for new clothes that have been soiled by passing vehicles with dirty water caused by public spending on unwanted and not needed footpath drains that clearly do not work.

St Davids Church Newtown Powys

St Davids from the reservoir

St David’s Church, Newtown

By 1840 Newtown had become the centre of the Mid-Wales woollen industry which brought a rapid growth in population.

The rector at that time, Rev. G. Foxton, must have felt a pressing need for a new building, necessitated by a shortage of seating and fre­quent flooding of an old badly sited church.

The site for the new church on what was to become the New Road, was given by Mr. David Pugh of Llanerchyddol, Welshpool, M.P. for Montgomery Boroughs for many years and a prominent landowner. The foundation stone was laid by the Countess of Powys on 27th October, 1843. The architect was Thomas Penson (1790-1859) who was County Surveyor of Montgomeryshire from

By 1840 Newtown had become the centre of the Mid-Wales woollen industry which brought a rapid growth in population.

The rector at that time, Rev. G. Foxton, must have felt a pressing need for a new building, necessitated by a shortage of seating and fre­quent flooding of an old badly sited church.

The site for the new church on what was to become the New Road, was given by Mr. David Pugh of Llanerchyddol, Welshpool, M.P. for Montgomery Boroughs for many years and a prominent landowner. The foundation stone was laid by the Countess of Powys on 27th October, 1843. The architect was Thomas Penson (1790-1859) who was County Surveyor of Montgomeryshire from 1818 and of Denbighshire from 1819 in succession to his father also Thomas Penson (1760- 1824). Penson chose the buff Ruabon bricks to build the church which were manufactured at the Trefynant works of J. C. Edwards. The style is Victorian Gothic.

The building, which cost about £4,600, consisted of a nave and aisles, a small apse at the East end, and a Western Tower, with entrance on the North side. Gal­leries ran around the three sides, the Western one occupied by the organ.

Four years later, on 13th September, 1847, the Bishop, Dr. T. V. Short, con­secrated the new church – but somewhat unusually without a dedication. This strange omission was to be the cause of much confusion and discussion in later years. Many parishioners referred to the building as St. Mary’s, no doubt taking the name from the old building and as recently as 1924 the new incumbent, the Rev. J. E. Morgan was inducted to “St. Mary’s”. However, in 1940 the matter was formally raised in a P.C.C. meeting. Eventually after much diligent work, Mr. F. B. Lloyd a church warden, proved that at the laying of the foundation stone, the words used were : “I lay this stone as the foundation of a church to be consecrated to Almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost in the name of St. David.”

As a result, the Bishop, Dr. W. T. Havard, issued a decree in 1943 stating “that the church was to be known henceforth as the Church of St. David”.

By the early 1870′s the building was being described as “most inconvenient” and structural faults had appeared and as a result a faculty was granted in 1873 for major alterations. This entailed the removal of the galleries and the construction of a chancel with organ chamber and vestry, the removal of the reredos, which had been erected using the screen from the old church, and the replacement of the old box-pews by oak pews free to all. A new font and pulpit were also added.

The cost of this renovation was £3,000. The architect was Mr. David Walker of Liverpool, and the builder, E. Williams of Newtown.

The service of re-dedication took place in August 1874 conducted by the Bishop of Hereford.

Further alterations were made in 1909 when parts of the rood-screen were used to line the sanctuary, then in 1938 came the erection of the Lady Chapel, again parts of the old screen were used, and the re-decoration of the interior. The architect for this latter operation was H. L. North of Llanfairfechan.

Further major repairs and re-decoration were carried out from 1961-4 at a cost of £10,000.

(extracted from A brief history of the Buildings of the Church in the Parishes of Newtown & Llanlwlchaiarn by H.N. Oliver)

Sadly, because of insurmountable infrastructure problems, the church had to close in June 2006 and the Parish of Newtown merged with the Parish of Llanllwchaiarn.The real reason for its closure was money, too many bills and no people to pay them, heating a place like this costs a fortune, vandalism has also taken its toll on the building  head stones vandalized some graves  opened  no one sees or hears anything,

The church has recently been sold and is in need of restoration work. this like the Cross building and it seems all the older structures are being taken over by nature IE plants growing out of them.

the rear of the church where the vadals and thieves go unoticed

thieves have taken the copper lightning conductor and the copper earth wire,
cross building St Davids church and the rail station from Brimmon hill

one of the headstones in the graveyard.

click on the photo to enlarge to read4.


Zion Baptist Tabernacle of 1881 was built by George Morgan of Carmarthen costing £8000. The memorial stones were laid on 17th August 1881; the Baptist choir sang, and the Minister Rev J.W. Williams of Derby gave a history of the Baptists in the county and claimed that the church had 364 communicants and 550 scholars and teachers. It is an imposing three storey building with a basement. The classical front in brick and freestone has a shaped gable above a huge Corinthian facade. In front is a portico and pediment. The interior is very lavish with a raked gallery on iron columns and a fine ironwork front. The basement was the schoolroom. It was heated by hot air and lit by gas and was designed to accommodate 1,334 people.

Newtown station

out of view. wise birds these doves building the nest behind the train station camera.

even the birds get thier roosts lit up at night on the station platform

view of the station from the footbridge

view of the station from under the footbridge


China or is that Chinese.

real China was  made in Britain


Welsh I do not think so the labels say made in China so they are chinese not Welsh

Do not see any good China in the shop.

The coracle is a small, lightweight boat of the sort traditionally used in Wales. here its on display at the alternative energy day held in the powys council grounds, the corracle originaly was made with animal skin to make it bouyant .today its has a waterproof marerial made in China.

Beijing Gold Beer, Traditional, Premium Chinese Beer, smooth, low carbonated, to drink with oriental, spicy food. how many pubs have been closed in the uk over the past years how many breweries have gone bancrupt. and yet they can import this beer all the way from China and sell it cheaper than local beer.

Halloween!! Everything on this stand in Tesco's is made in China

mowers from China

its ok. I too can resist anything but Temptation

what is this  temptation .  I cannot resist putting my thoughts in when countries like China have the audacity to call us british Lazy.  All I have to say is I am glad the British have kite marks  . living in Egypt for 8 years opened my eyes as to the total rubbish the chinese make and sell to the poor or 3rd world countries.  motor bikes with names like.  keweseki   dayjong cost three thousand Egp  thats £300  cheap i hear you say.   not so when they only last 6 to 12 months. and a wage in Egypt is only $20 per month. Mubarak had an agreement with the Chinese  if they gave money to build certain museums  such as the entrance museum to the valley of the |Kings  they would buy cars and  phase out the peugot 505 taxis  any one that was older than 30 years  the owner was  forced to buy a new car made in China, 3 million Taxies in Cairo alone  4 years down the line  most  taxies have reverted back to the old peugot.s and skoda’s. as they cannot get parts for the chinese rubbish cars that were forced on the taxi owners.  this is how the corrupt regime  of Egypt went about forcing the sale of  the crap vehicles   there is no road tax as such in Egypt. vehicles are charged once an yer and given a drivers licence each taxi is 1000 LE per year then they had the fines   if they did not have money to give the bent road cop  they were given a paper to say they pay the fine  in the court. each driver has to go to the court building to renew his licence each year,  when it came to the time of selling the new cars from China  the fine was more than a new car.  so in order to keep the licence they had to get a new car.   now if the car owner wished to keep the old car on the road all he had to pay was the thousand thus  giving a job to another driver and forcing the owner to be an employer  creating more revenue for the regime.   for those who have been to egypt and wondered why a small place like Luxor  has over 3000 taxies. now you know.  every week  a young lad gets killed on a motorbike in luxor. the simple reason being they have no licence and far too often they are under age to ride. if stopped   10 egp would keep the cop happy.  not much for a life is it.  but then amongst the Muslim life is as cheap as the rubbish they are forced to buy.


the polish shop but they do not sell polish, no shoe polish no furniture polish and its like we need another shop in Newtown already we have four supermarkets that all sell polish, six if we count Charlies stores, seven with Wynstay and they even sell horse tack polish,

Reflections of the Autumn sun

deflective mirror reflection of the morning sun

another reflection off the same mirror

Rays of the hidden Sun

Blue tit on the feeder in the rain

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