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Newtown Old Town Hall

Almost hidden away in a tiny hamlet adjoining the Newtown National Nature Reserve, the 17th-century Old Town Hall is the only remaining evidence of Newtown’s former importance.

It’s likely that an official building existed on the site from as far back as the 13th century, but it’s thought that the existing Town Hall dates from 1699.

Old Town Hall History

In 1584, Elizabeth I granted Newtown the right of Parliamentary representation and this small corner of the Isle of Wight was represented by two MPs.

A list of their names can be seen inside the Hall, including that of Canning. He was Foreign Secretary while he represented Newtown and later became Prime Minister.

As a result of the 1832 Reform Act, Newtown lost its right to elect MPs and the Town Hall gradually fell into ruin until it was saved for the nation in 1933 by the mysterious and masked Ferguson’s Gang.

Newtown Old Town Hall - Photo by National Trust

Photo courtesy of the National Trust