Introduction : Newtown is a truly unique estuary sculpted over the centuries by the actions of its diverse and intriguing history. Acquired by the National Trust in the 1960's the estuary is now protected as a National Nature Reserve.
Originally set out in the thirteenth Century, the town itself has changed very little in it's lay out. If you walk the banks of the creek maybe you can place the echoes of the once prosperous harbour and pulsating local industry. During the ages of yesteryear it truly thrived but today it is but a greener shadow of its former self.
The Old Town Hall, which is also under National Trust protection, was the political centre of the town when it was given Borough status in the 13th Century. It grew in strength until the town was allowed to have parliamentary representation in its own right. By the 1800's, however, it was no longer considered to be of sufficient important and thus lost its status.
The history of the town is now what makes it a particularly important and interesting site. The estuary is of great importance due to its provision of residence to such rare wildlife, the abundance of which has been created due to the unique management history of the town and the surrounding countryside.
The intricate mix of woodland, hedgerow, salt marsh, mudflat and meadow lends itself to excellent biodiversity and no matter what time of year you visit, you are sure to see something that will surprise you.