A WALK down Newtown's High Street will take you past the Buck Inn.

Sandwiched between Boots Pharmacy and a charity shop, the 17th century timber building still stands – and still contains a fireplace local folklore suggests was made from timber salvaged from the Spanish Armada.

It is likely the originally thatched roof building was turned into a pub in the 18th century.

The pub seems perhaps out of place these days but turn back the block 300 years and this building would have been typical of Newtown's bustling high street.

County Times: The Buck Inn in the 19th century. Picture: history.powys.org.ukThe Buck Inn in the 19th century. Picture: history.powys.org.uk

The pub's internal partitions were opened out a few years ago making it almost open plan but the wooden beams and stone flooring remain.

The current landlord has built up business again with pub sports teams and live bands to be found.

A narrow drinking area with tables and chairs can be found to the front which it catches the sun earlier in the day, and used as place to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by for centuries.

County Times: Locals at the Buck Inn in the past decade.Locals at the Buck Inn in the past decade.

As well as being a local watering hole for generations of Newtonians the pub also welcomed Prince Charles for a pint.

County Times: Prince Charles at the BuckPrince Charles at the Buck

On a wall near a fruit machine is an almost forgotten picture of the heir to the throne leaving the pub having enjoyed a pint during a visit to the town during the 1980s.

Nobody knows the year of the royal visit but it seems the prince enjoyed his visit.

County Times: Karaoke night at The BuckKaraoke night at The Buck

County Times: The Buck in the 1970sThe Buck in the 1970s

County Times: Locals at the Buck Inn before lockdownLocals at the Buck Inn before lockdown

County Times: A marching band passes The Buck in the 1960s.A marching band passes The Buck in the 1960s.

County Times: Christmas at The BuckChristmas at The Buck