(via Flickr: LlGC ~ NLW’s Photostream)

Two girls from Montgomeryshire with their horses

Teitl Cymraeg/Welsh title:Dwy ferch o Faldwyn gyda’u ceffylau

Ffotograffydd/Photographer: Geoff Charles (1909-2002)
Dyddiad/Date: January 6, 1950

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales


This is Carno Railway Station in Montgomeryshire, Powys. It closed in the 1960s as part of Beeching’s railway cuts and closures.

But in the 1970s and 80s it became part of a global headquarters centred here in rural Wales. And the company? Laura Ashley.

Unfortunately, in the 1990s the company decided to relocate its headquarters and design operation from the area where the business was formed in the 1960s by Laura and Bernard Ashley, to Bagleys Lane in London, where it remains today.

Elements of the Carno site were maintained, with curtains and other garments manufactured here until the early 2000s.

However, it closed and remains up for sale. The legacy of Laura Ashley has almost vanished completely from this area, other than a distribution centre and wall paper facility (Texplan) in nearby Newtown.

The site remains empty and decaying, sat alongside the Cambrian Railway Line which still operates between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth.