Newtown Common & Creek

Newtown Common & Creek (HMLRT)

Location: Newtown, PA 18940 Bucks County
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N 40° 13.823', W 74° 56.203'

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Newtown Heritage Walk No. 23

In 1684, William Penn planned his new town, which was later called Newtown. About 30 acres, on both sides of Newtown Creek, were reserved for common use. The town was designed to resemble an open fan of lots surrounding a narrow, rectangular town common that ran along the Newtown Creek.

By mutual agreement, early landowners used the Common as a pasture, with the creek as their water supply. The Common was intended to serve as a village focal point, and was designed to be a gathering place for public speaking, business, and recreation.

The Newtown Creek is a tributary of the Neshaminy Creek, within the Delaware River basin. It runs through the business district of Newtown between State Street on the east and Sycamore Street on the west.

The Newtown Creek attracted many businesses. Early mills, blacksmith shops and other water-dependent trades were powered by the Creek. Unfortunately, the Newtown Common was left unattended and became overgrown, which resulted in the sale of all but one of the public common lots in 1796. You can visit the one remaining common lot at the foot of Greene Street, directly in front of you.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Newtown Creek Coalition and Newtown Heritage Association
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 9:15am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 505383 N 4453329
Decimal Degrees40.23038333, -74.93671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 13.823', W 74° 56.203'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 13' 49.38" N, 74° 56' 12.18" W
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Area Code(s)215, 267
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19919-20103 Greene St, Newtown PA 18940, US
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