Great Western Wharf and Railway, East Bank of River Usk, Newport (Mon.). 1893

Great Western Wharf and Railway, East Bank of River Usk, Newport (Mon.).

Source: "The Ports Of The Bristol Channel", 1893

Great Western Wharf and Railway, East Bank of River Usk, Newport (Mon.). T. P. Price, Esq., M.P., Proprietor. - The Great Western Wharf was constructed in 1875 by T. P. Price, Esq., M.P., together with a private railway communicating with the Great Western Railway. There is a magnificent plant, comprising four large steam cranes, capable of discharging one thousand tons per day; a keel berth of five hundred feet in length, and a coal staith with appliances for shipping from eight hundred to one thousand tons of coal per day. The rolling stock includes two powerful locomotive engines, and about five hundred wagons used for the conveyance of minerals and heavy goods, principally for the leading collieries and iron works of South Wales and Monmouthshire. A large business is done with the works at Rogerstone, Tydu, Blaina, Ebbw Yale, Dowlais, Risca, Cwmbran, Pontymister, Aberbeeg, Abertillery, Panteg, Pontnewydd, Blaenavon, Abersychan, Pontypool, and other centres, which are conveniently situated in the district, for the  conveyance to and from the wharf. The chief imports are iron ore from Spain, iron pyrites, pig iron, pitwood, &c., whilst there is an enormous export of the celebrated Welsh steam coals, artificial manures, and all classes of heavy goods. The advantages offered by the splendid plant and wharfage, with most convenient railway facilities, and a cheaper rate per rail than at Cardiff, for towns in the Midlands, have made the undertaking a great commercial success, and the advantages accruing to the industrial community of the district from the projection and carrying forward of such undertakings as the one under notice, cannot be over ; estimated. In addition to the wharf, Mr. Price has about seventy acres of land in its immediate vicinity, and this is to be let on lease for works and commercial industries, which would enjoy all the advantages of quick railway communication or cheap water carriage to all parts of the United Kingdom and abroad. The management is in the able hands of Mr. D. Happerfield, and its operations are carried out with the promptitude necessary in all large trading concerns who have to cope with an extensive business. The local agents for Mr. Price are Messrs. W. Graham, Hitchcox & Co., of Newport.

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