‘It is one of the fairest [houses] in the County; it stands upon the fall of the River Tarrell into Uske and surrounded like a castle with inward and outward Courts both enclosed with strong embattled walls and for rich furniture within is not inferior to any in Wales.’
Hugh Thomas, 1698
‘The appearance of the house today is both impressive and puzzling. Surrounded by a nine-hole Golf Course, it stands tall and powerful with an unusual pyramidal roof culminating in a large chimney stack.’
Archaelologia Cambrensis, (Journal of the Cambrian Archaeological Association) Volume CXXXIII (1984) p 136, by Edward Parry
‘The house is romantic in the extreme and unspoilt by restoration.’
A Shell Guide to Mid Wales: The Counties of Brecon, Radnor and Montgomery. David Verey, 1960.
Booklets on Newton containing an extended history of the house are available for £5 each (+p&p). Please contact us to purchase.
These pages contain a brief history of Newton which includes extracts taken from various sources including:
Archaelologia Cambrensis (Journal of the Cambrian Archaeological Association): Volume CXXXIII (1984), Newton & its Owners 1582-1725 by Edward Parry.
Brycheiniog Vol XI 1965 the Houses of Breconshire, (Part III) by S.R. Jones & J T Smith.
History of Breconshire, Vol I. (1804), Glanusk Edition by Theophilus Jones.
Later details of the Williams family are in the family archives at Abercamlais.
The Coat of Arms was produced from the ‘carved achievement’ above the fireplace in the Great Hall by Albert Tilley, a member of Brecon Golf Club, in 1946.
Compiled by the late Mrs Susan Ballance of Abercamlais in 2003.
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