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Pigot & Co. South Wales directory for 1844

The information  below relating to Newport was extracted  by Denise Robinson from the CD of the same title published by Archive CD Books.

NEWPORT

Is a small market town, sea-port and parish, in the hundred of Kemiss, county of Pembroke; 245 miles W. by N. from London, 10 S.W. from Cardigan, and 7 E. from Fishguard; pleasantly situated on the river Nevern, at the bottom of a steep ridge of hills, and close to the foot of Carn Ingle, a rocky eminence, rising fifteen hundred feet above the level of the sea. This place presents many vestiges of its former importance; amongst these, the castle, an interesting ruin, rises majestically above the town in 'frowning grandeur.' Newport is a corporate town, governed by a mayor, chosen by the lord of the manor annually, from three persons nominated by the free burgesses; the present lord of the manor is Thomas Lloyd, Esq. ~ lineally descended from the lords of Kemiss, who held their courts, in former times, at the castle here. The trade of Newport was at one time more considerable than now. The importations comprise timber, limestone, coal and culm; and its exports, corn, butter slates. In some seasons the salmon and herring fisheries are profitable; and the bay forms an excellent harbour of refuge from the easterly and southerly winds.

The parish church of Saint Mary stands in the upper part of the town, and is a handsome and commodious edifice, in form crucifix; the living is a rectory, in the gift of the Bronwydd family. There are places of worship for dissenters, and a charity school. Several romantically situated seats ornament the neighbourhood of Newport; and the scenery, from many points, is pleasing and picturesque. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,798 inhabitants; but by the last census (1841), it appears the number was only 1,751.

POST OFFICE, Frances Owen, Post Mistress.~ Letters from various parts arrive (from CARDIGAN) every afternoon at half past three, and are despatched every morning at half past eight, ~Letters from HAVERFORDWEST and parts West, &c. arrive every morning at half past eight, and are despatched every afternoon at half past three.

GENTRY AND CLERGY.

SCHOOLS.

AUCTIONEERS.

BAKERS.

BLACKSMITHS.

BOOT & SHOE MAKERS.

CARPENTERS & JOINERS.

CORN MERCHANTS.

GROCERS, DRAPERS AND DEALERS IN SUNDRIES.

INNS AND PUBLIC HOUSES.

LIME BURNERS.

MALTSTERS.

MILLERS.

MILLINERS & DRESS MAKERS.

SLATE MERCHANTS.

STONE MASONS.

SURGEONS.

TAILORS.

MISCELLANEOUS.

CARRIERS.

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