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  The Bear Hotel in Broad Street, Newtown  

This picture was from a set of souvenir postcards produced for visitors to Newtown. It is a photograph of the Bear Hotel in Broad Street, which in earlier years was called the Bear's Head.
Part of this old inn, and the old hanging sign, can be seen in the foregound on the left in the 1888 photograph of market day in Broad Street on another page.

Bear Hotel
Broad Street
around 1890
The Bear Hotel, Newtown

The date of the picture is uncertain but it was probably taken Robert Owen around 1890.
Robert Owen, who became famous for devoting his life to improving the lives and conditions of ordinary working people, was born nearby in 1771. He returned to Newtown in the last year of his life and died in this building in 1858.
There is a statue of Robert Owen in the town, and also a museum about his remarkable achievements.

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