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
Born:
1834
Place of Birth:
Llanllwchaearn, Newtown
Trivia:
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..
Biography:
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Walk about the town

St Davids Church newtown

Morris and Wolseley Garage gas st Newtown

Wolseley illuminating radiator badge

Wolseley-Siddeley Tourer 1908

Wolseley-Siddeley Tourer 1909

Wolseley 25/6 4-door Saloon 1937
last wolseley was produced in 1975 Wolseley Six (BMC ADO17) .

Morris badge, on a Royal Mail van

1927 Morris Cowley

File:Morris.minor.bristol.750pix.jpgmorris minor more than 1.3 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1971.

the miniture steam train Charles Darwin

reflctyons in the river severn newtown.

Under the Dolerw suspension bridge in Dolerw park.

freedom

Dolerw susspension bridge over the Severn

a walk along the severn
The blind blue teddy abandoned. fobbed off, or escaped from its cruel masters, no more to be kept in a dark pocket , the key to freedom is to escape.

hiding under a car was this rabbit. freedom it said" I want my freedom, please don't give me away... I left it be .. I hate Gods creatures being locked up, it also had a couple of nasty cuts on its hind quarters.

this one had its freedom. and came to bite me on the leg. next time its going to get a boot,some doggy people are quite iliterate" bliind too, lots of signs about like dogs must be kept on a lead, clean up after your dog this is a public area etc etc,

Hippies, travellers

the people in the park over the weekend were not travellers but the handycapped artists, who go around the country showing and making crafts , talking today to some locals who bring thier kids to the park  they did not bring the kids over the weekend because,  they like me thought they were travellers,the story bellow is excactly what the  artists wanted,,  why when there is all this bad publicity on the travellers, even a story on the newtown man held by the travellers as a slave. talking to the Mayor of Newtown  in the  Robert Owen museum at 2.00  she was under the impression the police moved them on  knew nothing of a craft display in the park.

DOLERW PARK NEWTOWN  HAS SOME OF THE FINEST TREES AROUND,  THE PARK IS A PLAYGROUND FOR CHILDREN  IT ALSO HAS A MINATURE  STEAM  RAILWAY TRACK  USED ON BANK HOLIDAYS  FAIR GROUND DAYS ETC  ,THE FAIR GROUND THAT COMES EVERY YEAR PAYS THE COUNCIL FOR USE OF THE CAR PARK AREA AND THE  LAWNED AREA AROUND THE LOCAL COUNCIL OFFICE AS DOES  ALLTHE CARNIVAL STALLS DURING THE YEAR ,  BUT THESE  SO CALLED HIPPIES CAME IN ON THURSDAY NIGHT JUST AS ALL COUNCIL OFFICES ETC HAD CLOSED FOR THE BANK HOLIDAY. FRIDAY THEY HAD SET UP A TENT MORE THE SIZE OF A MARQUEE, A FENCED AREA FOR THE SHETLAND PONY  A COOKING AREA  TOOK CENTRE STAGE,,  ONE COMING TO THE PARK FOR THE FIRST TIME WOULD THINK THEY HAD BEEN HERE ALL SUMMER,   ME  BEING LOCAL AND WALK THE AREA MOST DAYS THOUGHT WE HAD ANOTHER  BANK HOLIDAY  SETTUP OF MAYBE A NATURE THEME.  ON THE SATERDAY THE SIGNS WENT UP ON THE CARAVAN    ONE IN WELSH SAYS WE DO NOT WANT YOU HERE, THE RESPONSE WAS ANOTHER POSTER SAYING WE ARE HERE TO STAY,  THE DOGS WERE ROAMING AROUND FREELY  AS WAS THE PONY ,,THE PONY WAS NOT EXCACTLY FREE IT WAS TETHERED TO A CHAIR THAT GOT MOVED AS THE PONY PULLED ON IT TO GET AT MORE GRASS,

LOOKED ALL VERY HOMELY  ONE GUY STRUMMING HIS GUITAR BY THE COOKING AREA  THE WOMAN ON SEEING THE GUY WITH THE CAMERA DECIDED TO TETHER THE PONY ON A PEG WHILE IT WAS STILL TETHERED TO THE CHAIR,  ANOTHER WOMAN DECIDED TO PLAY BALL WITH THE HEINZ VERIETY DOGS INCASE I TOOK A PHOTO OF THEM  SHITTING ON THE GRASS THERE ARE SIGNS  IN THIS AREA  THAT DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEAD ONE REASON BEING THE KIDS PLAY AREA SWINGS ETC  NEXT TO WHERE THE CAMPERS HAD DECIDED TO MAKE DOLERW THEIR HOME

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