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Rare aerial photos released of Newtown

Created on 23/01/2021 @ 08:35
Ever wondered what Newtown looked like from the air decades ago?

MyNewtown has teamed up with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales to bring you a selection of rare photos taken of the town in the early part of the 20th century over the coming weeks.

The Commission is the national organisation for survey and record of the historic environment of Wales.

The first aerial photograph of Newtown was taken in 1932 and is part of the Royal Commission’s Aerofilms Collection, which has aerial photographs dating from 1920-1953 from across Wales.

This image shows Long Bridge crossing the River Severn, with the Catholic Church on northern side. All Saints Church is visible to the north east. What else can you spot?

Since 1908 the Commission has been researching and recording the archaeological, built, and maritime heritage of Wales, creating a huge national archive, including over 2 million images, that documents the changing face of the Welsh historic landscape. 

A Commission spokesperson said: "Our free online catalogue, Coflein (new version coming very soon) is fully searchable by map location, place name, and site type. You can also make enquiries remotely or visit the archive (after lockdown is lifted), in our library and search room situated in the National Library in Aberystwyth."

For further information and images, visit or Coflein.