Newport First Stop - 100 Years of News Stories

Chronology 1800 - 1849

By Derrick Cyril Vaughan

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Rev. Thomas Leyshon elected as Mayor, Coroner and Justice.
Newport Wooden bridge dismantled and new stone bridge built.


Population of Newport 1087.
William Phillips - Mayor.
Proposal to lay 6,000,000 cubic feet of earth and ballast at Pill.


Thomas Watkins made a burgess (later resignation scandal)
Edmund Harris - Mayor.
Sir Charles' " golden mile" tram road built.


Murenger House used as a warehouse.
John Thomas - Mayor.
St. Woolos Churchyard in a deplorable condition.


William Foster elected Mayor.
Castle becomes a tanyard.


The "Mayor's Plot" sold to Sir Robert Salisbury at a knock-down price.
Morgan Williams held office of Mayor until 1807.
Proposal to extend canal to Pill.

Death of Sir Charles Gould Morgan.
Mill Street prison, known as "Clock House," completed.


Lease to the Tredegar Wharf Company.
Concern over number of dogs with rabies wandering the streets.


High Street Town Gate demolished.
Sir Robert Salisbury - Mayor.
Sirhowy - Crumlin Tramroad opened.
Peter Napper buys the old "Pyes Shoppe."


Newport Improvement Act.
Robert Jones - Mayor, held office 1810 and 1811.
High Street widened.


Canal Dock at Pill commenced.
Commercial Street and Commercial Road formed.


John Frost opens a drapery shop in Mill Street.
Nantyglo Ironworks started.


Marriage of John Frost 24th October, 1812.
William Foster - Mayor for the second time.


Murenger House converted into a Free School.
Sir Charles Morgan Gould - Mayor, also for 1814
Salutation Inn (Cardiff Road) under construction.


Llanarth Street opened.
Parrot Inn at bottom of Charles Street built.
George Griffith - Mayor.

British School founded on the "Old Green."
Lease of the Tredegar Ironworks.


Original Murenger House demolished.
William Williams - Mayor.
Chepstow Iron Bridge erected.


Second Newport Market built by the Duke of Beaufort.
William Foster - Mayor for the third time.
Chepstow Road opened.
John Thomas makes famous 384 day clock.


Repairs to the walls of St. Mary's Chapel (St. Woolos).
George Griffiths - Mayor for second time.
New Turnpike road made through Maindee and Langstone.


Organ installed at St. Woolos Church.
William Brewer - Mayor.
Concern over the number of Irish immigrants coming to Newport.


Death of George III.
Abraham Jones - Mayor.
Letter of John Frost to Thomas Prothero.


Arraignment of John Frost at Usk for libel on Prothero.
The Lighthouse at St. Brides erected.
David Harrhy - Mayor.


A steam-packet service between Newport and Bristol commenced.
Thomas Jones Phillips - Mayor.
United Boroughs represented in Parliament by the Marquis of Worcester.


A new road linking the Royal Oak to Belmont and Christchurch completed.
William Williams - Mayor for the second time.
Passenger service between Newport and Tredegar introduced.


South Wales Railway Prospectus first issued.
George Griffiths - Mayor for third time.
Great floods in Monmouthshire.


Caerleon Road via St. Julians opened.
William Brewer - Mayor for the second time.
Gas first manufactured in Newport.

Newport Improvement Act passed by Parliament.
Abraham Jones - Mayor for the second time and also served 1827.

Custom House in Skinner Street and the Bush Inn, Commercial Street, built.
Mariners Chapel, Canal Side, opened.


Weighing Machine at the Bridge Toll Gate erected.
David Harrhy - Mayor for second time.
Warning issued on burial of new born children without permission.


Trial and public execution of Richard Radnor for rape.
Welsh Calvanistic Chapel built.
Benjamin Thomas Esq - Mayor.
Chain Bridge at Pont Kemys, Usk completed.
Visitation of the Bishop of Llandaff to St. Woolos.
Cattle show at Cwrt-y-Bella Farm.
Newport Pottery established.


Aurora Borealis seen at Newport.
Richard Rogers Esq. - Mayor.
Death of George IV; William IV proclaimed King.
Local celebrations.
Coal Works around Newport on strike.
Thomas Prothero introduces an engine for hauling coal from his collieries.
Public meeting held to discuss the prevalence of incendiarism.
A detachment of the 93rd Highlanders marched from Brecon to Newport


Watchmen appointed in accordance with the "Act for Lighting."
Edward Jones Esq. - Mayor.
First convictions under the new "Beer Act."
Tremendous thunder storm in Newport.
Sir Charles Morgan and Thomas Prothero sever their connection.
Troops passing through Newport to the Merthyr Riots.
Petition presented to Parliament by the Marquis of Worcester against return of Mr. Hall.
The Rev. Isaacson, Vicar of St. Woolos and his curate in dispute.
Hydrophobia in Newport.


Cholera epidemic at Newport.
Nash lighthouse erected.
John Owen - Mayor.
Total voters for Monmouth Boroughs of Monmouth, Newport and Usk 800.
Pill Wesleyan Chapel built.


Anti-slavery agitation at Newport.
British School for Girls in Llanarth Street built.
John Williams - Mayor.
Burton's Newport - Bristol Steam Packet launched.


Newport declared a Bonding Port.
"Bryn Glas", Crindau, built.
John Jones - Mayor.
Schooner of 300 tons launched from Mr. John Young's yard.


Newport to Quebec by the barque "Recovery" in 28 days
Contract for the Newport Floating Dock signed.
The Municipal Reform act implemented at Newport.
Mr. Joseph Latch appointed first Mayor under the new Act. Taking over from John Owen - last of the old Mayors.
Newport lighted with brilliant gas.
Welsh Chapel, Hill Street, opened.
Monmouthshire and Glamorgan Joint Stock Bank established.


Filthy state of Newport streets.
Newport Harbour Act.
Temperance Hotel, Cardiff Road, opened.
St Paul's Church, Commercial Street consecrated.
"Merlin" office removed from Monmouth to Newport.
Concert at the Westgate.
Meeting of the Newport True Blue Club.
The new Mayor for the coming year, Mr John Frost, elected.


Death of William IV.
Seaments Hospital, Charles Street, opened.
Commencement of the Dos Nail Factory.
The Workhouse, Stow Hill, built,
Petition to Parliament complaining of violation of the Truck Bill.
A 400 ton barque named "Amelia" launched from the yard of Mr. Young.
The Stow Fair and the Caerleon Fair.
Accession of Queen Victoria.
Wanton attack on Mr. Redman during "Squib Night" disturbance.
Counterfeiters in Newport.
Lewis Edwards Esq., elected new Mayor for coming year.


Arrival by the Wye Steam Packet with the body of Watkin Homfray.
Police officer dismissed for gross misconduct.
Schooner of 150 tons named "The Queen Victoria" launched by Mr Young.
Newport Philharmonic Society formed.
Queen Victoria's Coronation, festivities in Newport.
Invitation to inspect plans of St. Mary's R.C. Church.
Mr. Thomas Phillips to be the Mayor for 1839.


First entrance into Dock Street made.
Newport Dispensary, Llanarth Street, opened.
Chartist Insurrection - John Frost and others arrested.
Old Corn Mill, Pill, fitted up as barracks.
National Schools, Commercial Street, opened.
Thomas Hawkins - Mayor for next year.
Newport Streets and houses named and numbered.


Trial of the Chartist leaders at Monmouth.
Mechanics' Institute established.
Thomas Hughes next Mayor.
Diocesan School, Dock Street, opened.
Enterpean Musical Society formed.
St. Mary's R.C. Church, Stow Hill, completed.
Newport Police Force established.
Non arrival of the London Mail in Newport due to accident.
Sentence of death passed on Frost, Jones and Williams, commuted to transportation.
Letter from John Frost in Port Arthur.


Clock by William Latch placed in position on St. Pauls Church.
Military funeral in Newport.
William flees hanged for murder of Mary Morley at Chepstow.
Destitution in Pill.
Lewis Edwards - re-elected Mayor.
Officer of the Rifle Brigade charged with using pea-blower.
Departure of the Rifle Brigade and replacement by the 11th Regiment.
Magistrates issue warning on "Squib Night" celebrations.


Charity Ball to celebrate the christening of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
The first interment at the "New" Cemetery near St. Woolos Church.
Richard Mullock - Mayor.
Newport Town Dock (Now called the Old Dock) opened.
First town hall built known as the Council house.
Old Cemetery, Clifton Road opened.


Newport Gas Company incorporated.
J.S. Alfrey - Mayor. Proprietor of the Castle Brewery.
Welsh Baptist Temple, Commercial Road, opened.


Mesmerism lecture at Temperance House, Commercial Street.
Exchange and Reading Room, Town Hall opened.
Cattle Market opened.
William Graham, Surveyors and Land Agents established.
Victoria Place built.
Pillgwenlly Wesleyan Chapel enlarged.
First Post Office, High Street, built.
Dreadful calamity at the New Passage.
Edward Dowling - Mayor. A relative of the Blewitts of Llantarnan Abbey.
Grocers complain about their hours of work.
Children bitten by rabid dog.
Steam communication between Bristol and Newport.
Lecture on Mesmerism at the Temperance Hall.


Horse driven omnibus between Newport and Pill.
Joseph Latch - Mayor for the second time.
Temple Street opened.
Newport Barracks built.
Newport - Pontypool Railway Act.
Almshouses, Stow Hill (founded 1700), re-built.


St. Patrick's Day celebrated in Newport.
New Borough Bye-Laws.
Newport Choral Society formed.
T.M. Llewellyn, solicitor, elected Mayor.
Newport Waterworks Act.
Naphta Works established.
Death of Sir Charles Morgan Gould.


Destitution of the Irish in Newport.
Newport Benefit Building Society established.
William Jenkins, a solicitor, elected Mayor.
Ynys-y-fro Reservoir opened.
Lynch Law in Newport.
Dispensary moved to 17 Dock Street.


Newport Railway Tunnel completed.
Railway bridge over Usk destroyed by fire. (Picture)
Matthew Kelly of the 14th Regiment of Foot charged with murder.
William Evans - Mayor. He made a fortune in grocery business and purchased the Fields' Estate.


Cholera epidemic in Newport.
Wesleyan Chapel, Commercial Road, re-built.
Bible Christian Chapel, Pill opened.
T.B. Batchelor, timber merchant elected Mayor.
Statue of Sir Charles Morgan Gould completed.
Sullivan and Murphy charged with the murder of Mrs. Lewis.
The curse of drunkenness in Newport.


- Chronology 1850 - 1899 -