The information below relating to Newport was extracted by Pat Powell from the S.O.G fiche and verified to the CD of the same title published by Archive CD Books.
Is a small market-town and sea-port, in the parish of its name, hundred of Kemess, and county of Pembroke; 245 miles from London, 10 from Cardigan, and six 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, the summit of which is 1,500 feet above the level of the sea.
This place presents many vestiges of its former importance and prosperity; amongst these is the Castle, an interesting ruin, which rises majestically above the town in "frowning grandeur". The trade of this place at one time was more considerable than at present, the contiguity of Fishguard having, of late years, been the means of decreasing its commerce: its bay, however, still forms an excellent harbour, in east and southerly winds. The importations of the port are timber, limestone, coal and culm; and its exports are corn, butter, and slates; in some seasons the salmon and herring fisheries are very profitable.
Newport is a corporate town, governed by a mayor, under the control of the lord of the manor, who elects this officer annually from out of three individuals nominated by the free burgesses; the present lord of the manor is Thomas Lloyd, Esquire - lineally descended from the Lords of Kemess, who held their courts, in former times, at the castle here.
The places of worship are, the parish church, and three chapels for dissenters. The church is dedicated to St Mary, and stands in the upper part of the town; it is a handsome and commodious edifice, of crucifix form, the living is a rectory, in the gift of the Bronwydd family, and the present incumbent is the Rev. Llewellyn Lloyd Thomas.
There are many very romantically situated seats in the neighbourhood of Newport; and the scenery, from many points, is of a very picturesque character.
The market is held on Friday, and the fairs on the 27th June and 16th October.
The parish contained, by the last census, 1,666 inhabitants.
POST OFFICE, William Owens, Post Master. - Letters from Cardigan arrive every afternoon at one, and are despatched every afternoon at five. - Letters from Fishguard arrive every Monday, Thursday and Saturday evening at five, and are despatched on the same days at one.
GENTRY AND CLERGY
- Bowen George,esq. Llwyngwaer
- Bowen the Misses, Berry hill
- Owen John, esq. Newport
- Pugh Rev. John, Newport
- Thomas Rev, Llewelyn Lloyd, Court house
- William Morris, esq. Cwmgloyn
- Davies Captain John
- Evans Captain Daniel
- James Captain David
INNS & PUBLIC HOUSES
- Angel, Sarah James
- Castle Inn (commercial) Ann Lloyd
- Farmers' Arms, Mary Thomas
- Green Dragon, William Owen
- Mariners', Benjamin Roach
- Masons' Arms, Thomas Matthews
- Plough, Hannah George
- Tafarn Spite, Elinor George
SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS
- Beynon William, tailor
- David William, boot & shoe maker
- Davies John, shopkeeper
- Evans Williams, shopkeeper
- Griffiths William, cooper
- Harries David, shopkeeper
- Havard David, druggist, and stamp distributor
- Havard Levi, shopkeeper and shipwright
- Hughes Caleb, corn miller
- James Elias, carpenter
- James James, carpenter
- James William, blacksmith
- John Benjamin, stone mason
- Lloyd John, boot & shoe maker
- Lloyd Joseph, tailor
- Lloyd Thomas, tailor
- Martin John, cooper
- Morgan John, master of charity school
- Morgan John, boot & shoe maker
- Owen John, carpenter
- Parry David, blacksmith
- Price John, shopkeeper
- Rees David, blacksmith
- Richards David, tailor
- Salmon David, stone mason
- Salmon James, stone mason
- Thomas James, glove maker
- Thomas Mary Ann, shopkeeper
- Williams Elizabeth, shopkeeper
- Williams Ts. Auctioneer, Dolrannog
- Williams Thos. Boot & shoe maker