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1820 - 1824

The Inns of Newport

Heath Cock, Henry Jones
Kings Head (and Posting House), John Morgan
Parrot, James Morgan
Westgate (and Posting House), Ann Iggulden

The Taverns and Public Houses
Blue Boar, John Chessell
Bush, Evan Evans
Bush & Britannia, William Williams
Carpenters' Arms, Adam Williams
Coach & Horses, Thomas Harrhy
Cross Keys, Walter Kinnear
Crow, Edward Thomas
Freemasons' Tavern, John Kingson
General Blucher, Evan Morgan
Globe, Mary Gething
Green Dragon, David Davies
Hope & Anchor, William Colcombe
Kings Arms, William Rowland
Market Boat, William Edmonds
Noah's Ark, Evan Jones
Old Bow, William Watkins
Old Red Cow, Sarah Batten
Old Ship, Mary Jenkins
Punch House, John Wells
Red Cow, David Francies
Red Lion, John Jones
Royal Oak, William Roberts
Salutation, Richard Parry
Ship & Castle, William John
Ship-a-Ground, Adam Young
Ship-a-Ground (Pillgwenlly), Samuel Coombs
Ship-on-Launch, Catherine Jones
Six Bells, John Stevens
Tredegar Arms, Thomas Price
Tredegar Inn, Thomas Ashmead
Vulcan, Richard Williams
White Lion, George Thomas

1820 D. V. (Res.)
Something to Look Forward to

A builder of this town having been happily married for many years, and sired a large number of children, sadly lost his beloved wife. Finding life alone was not suited to him, and much against the wishes of his children, he married a spinster of mature years. Shortly afterwards he died, and by the wishes of his children, was buried in the new cemetery with his first wife. The children arranged the inscription on the gravestone and under the gentleman's name placed the word "reunited". The second wife visiting the grave was incensed at this and had the mason, at her own expense, add the words "Until I Come".

1821 John Frost
Letter to Sir Charles Morgan, Bart., Rowley Lascelles, William Phillips, Charles Morgan and others.


It is not from the respect which I feel for you, nor is it, because I think you deserve the appellation of Gentlemen, that I bestow it on you. It is not the possession of thirty thousand a year, nor is it a smiling countenance, with a heart harder than stone, which constitute the Gentleman. Nor is it, being in the receipt of a thousand a year of the public money, for which the receiver does nothing, that can give a fair claim to this title. I can hardly think, that a blustering, swaggering gait, a consequential important air, a head without brains sufficient to put two ideas together; these qualities, valuable as they may appear to you, are not enough, there must be something more to deserve the name. If these be sufficient to constitute the Gentleman, surely a whipper-in will never lay claim to the title. However, as you have I suppose no very clear ideas on the subject, I will try to enlighten you.

A Real Gentleman never values himself on his birth. A man of understanding knows that family pride, is family folly. He knows that the ancestors of those who call themselves noble, acquired their honours by rapine and plunder; and that the wealth of the great was acquired, in the same way as their honours; he knows too, that receipts for the property of the illustrious were written in the blood of former possessors, a real Gentleman is always civil and obliging; he never treats any one with contempt on account of his poverty. So far from thinking himself a superior being he is well aware of his own imperfections; and always inclined to view those of others with a favourable eye. This is but a short sketch, and feeling no inclination to lengthen it, I shall proceed to address you on your conduct as Commissioners.

In 1819, Morgan Harrhy, a Sawyer, residing at Newport, took the Machen-gate, at the yearly rent of £126, and his brother William Harrhy became surety for the performance of the contract. At the expiration of the three years, for which the gate was taken, Morgan Harrhy was deficient of £30. Morgan expected that this sum would be allowed him, according to the promise of the trustees. When the time expired, the whole of the money was demanded, and because it was not forthcoming, an action was brought against Morgan and his bail. Now Messrs. Commissioners you shall hear the consequence of your being guided by Lawyers.

A bailiff was sent to take Morgan's goods in execution, and the first thing he saw was, Morgan' s wife, far advanced in a state of pregnancy. The effect which the sight of the Bailiff had on the woman, you shall hear in the man's own words. "If I had known" said the officer, "I would not have gone into that house for a Hundred Pounds, the woman's belly is up to her chin, and SHE IS ALMOST FRIGHTENED TO DEATH." The fright brought on a premature labour, and while the woman was confined, the Bailiff came to take her husband to prison. This finished the business, and Morgan's wife became a corpse. The infant survived. I am now writing in good health and spirits; but if I thought that I should not see justice done for this deed, I really believe I should break my heart. If men can regard actions of this sort with indifference, there is nothing which they do not deserve to suffer. Can anyone think of a woman placed in that situation without feeling? We have as little reason to expect compassion from Sheriff's officers, as from any men; but even the heart of a Bailiff melted before this scene. Would not men possessing anything, short of hearts of stone have waited for the recovery of the woman, before they sent the husband to prison? Or would they not have considered, how the wife was to be maintained in that situation if deprived of the labour of her husband? Oh no, wait aye? Morgan Harrhy and his brother were sent to jail, and they have left nine children behind them, to be maintained by someone.

If you suppose that folks cannot see as far through a millstone as you, you deceive yourselves. People know that bringing actions, and sending men to jail give work for a Lawyer: and it is also known, that if the persons sent to prison have no cash, the Lawyer will be paid out of public money. That is, the bill will be deducted from the proceeds of the turnpike gates. Here's the evil. If there were no professional men connected with the trust the Machen gate would have been taken up, or at least Morgan and William Harrhy would not have been sent to jail. But, pray Sirs, what benefit will the public derive from sending these men to prison. They have no property, suppose they had. Suppose William Harry had by twenty years hard labour saved a little money, would you take it from his seven children? Would you pay the Lawyer's bill out of the hard gotten earnings of this man? Yes, if he had seventy children, his shirt would be taken off his back. One moment and I have done. Morgan Harrhy's wife is dead: she cannot be restored; she is waiting for you at the tribunal where Lawyers will be of no use. Morgan and William Harrhy are alive, they are able, active, resolute men, and they will have justice.

John Frost


In 1801 Newport contained 1087 inhabitants; and in 1821, males 1730, females 1766, total 3,496; being an increase in 20 years of 2,409. Monmouth, Newport and Usk are represented in Parliament by the Marquis of Worcester.

Description of Newport from the Local Directory

Newport a Corporation town of Monmouthshire, lies at the month of the River Usk, over which there is a handsome stone bridge of five arches. It has a good harbour, whence it has its name, and is 148 miles from London, 28 from Bristol, 15 from the New Passage and 12 from Cardiff. It carries on extensive trading in coals and iron, 300,000 tons of the former and 42,000 tons of the latter being annually exported. The town is governed by a Mayor in conjunction with another Magistrate. The Mayor and Common Council numbering twelve form the Corporation.

There is a church called St. Woolos on the outskirts of the town. In the town are several places of worship for dissenters. There is also a Masonic Hall, a respectable edifice, erected in 1821 and cost nearly £500; and a charity school, designated "The British School", in which a great number of boys are taught the principles of education, supported with a strong inculcation of moral duties. It also contains a Workhouse; and in 1818 an excellent market house was erected which cost about £3,000. Market Day is Saturday. The fairs held are: Ascension Thursday, November 6th, August 15th, the third Monday in the month; and a Great Market at Stow Common the first Thursday after Whitsuntide.

A New Road

It had been realised for some time by the Town Council of Newport that the town was growing rapidly and that easy access was needed to the outlying districts. In this year a road linking The Royal Oak to Belmont on Christchurch was constructed.

Extension of Tram Road

The Sirhowy to Newport tram road only reached as far as Nine Mile Point and it was decided to extend the line to Tredegar. In this year a passenger service was introduced, promoted by John Kingston, between Newport and Tredegar. The passengers were conveyed in a special horse-drawn vehicle known as ''The Caravan."

The Newport Poor

A meeting was called on 1st inst. of the inhabitants of the Borough of Newport, by the Mayor to take into consideration the distressed state of the poor, and the necessity of giving them some relief at this season of the year, when a subscription was entered into, and upwards of £80 collected, which is to be laid out in bread and potatoes and distributed among the poor.

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'Newport First Stop' - 100 Years of News Stories
[ Contents ] [ Acknowledgements ] [ Preface ] [ Postscript ] [ Chronology ]
[ 1800 - 29 ] [ 1830 - 39 ] [ 1840 - 49 ] [ 1850 - 59 ] [ 1860 - 69 ] [ 1870 - 79 ] [ 1880 - 89 ] [ 1890 - 99 ]
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