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Invaded by the Danes between 998 and 1009, destroyed by Sweyn in 1001, attacked by the French in 1377, and finally, very nearly made the site of a nuclear power station in recent years, Newtown has learnt to survived and found peace and beauty at last with the creation of its nature reserve.

The 'Pied Pyper of Hamlyn' should by right have been called the "Pied Piper of Francheville" the former name of Newtown, for the legend was written by a local man called Abraham Elder several years before Browning's famous tale...

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