NP19 (Newport) area guide

The NP19 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Alway, Beechwood, Leeway Industrial Estate, Liswerry, Llanwern, Newport, Queensway Meadows Industrial Estate, Reevesland Industrial Estate, Ringland, St Julians, St. Julians, Victoria.
The history of Newport begins during the Bronze Age, when fishermen settled around the River Usk. Later on, the Romans built a fort at Caeleon in an effort to defend the river crossing. The Newport Cathedral that stands today was originally a church founded by Saint Gwynllyw in the late 5th century. The name Newport is derived from the original Latin name Novus Burgus, meaning “new town”. The original Newport Castle was built by the Normans and stood as a motte-and-bailey in a park opposite the cathedral.

When the Industrial Revolution transformed Britain in the 19th century, South Wales became a crucial supplier of coal and iron. Newport then grew rapidly, as the amount of goods transported through the port town continued to increase. By 1830, Newport had grown to become Wales’ leading coal port and was the focus of the new industrial valleys. Further extension to Newport’s renowned modern docks added to the town’s reputation. One of the most noteworthy events was the Chartist Uprising in 1839, which consisted of Chartist demands, including voting rights, secret ballots, wages for Members of Parliament and the abolition of the property qualifications for MPs. The late 19th and 20th centuries proved to be a period of exceptional growth for Newport. The town’s population grew rapidly and by 1891, the town became a borough. In 2002, Newport was granted city status and during the construction of the Riverfront Arts Centre, workers discovered the 15th century Newport Ship.
The current population of Newport is 140,000—nearly 50,000 of whom live in postcode district NP19. The largest employer in Newport is the Civil Service, which includes the organisational headquarters for the British Red Cross and the Charity Commission. The city is currently undergoing major reconstruction under the new regeneration programme directed by Newport Unlimited. The programme includes improvement to the city’s road network, the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital, and the construction of new business and residential developments. One of these new residential developments will be the site of the Old Town Dock area.

One of the least expensive streets to live on is Hopkins Walk, where one to three bedroomed flats are worth around £66,000. Dibdin Close offers similar properties worth around £70,000. For those looking to live in the most desirable areas in the postcode, one of the most expensive streets to live on is Clipper Close, adjacent to the Usk River, where detached four bedroom homes are valued at approximately £210,000. Another neighbourhood that offers four bedroom detached homes valued at around £300,000 is along Eisteddfod Walk, a short distance from the M4 motorway. The majority of property in this area consists of terraced housing and the average house price is around £120,000—well below the national average.
The Newport Museum and Art Gallery is worth a visit while in Newport. The museum exhibits over 250,000 years of history and boasts extensive archaeological and artwork collections. The Riverfront Arts Centre, located in the heat of Newport, offers a wide variety of entertainment shows throughout the year. A short three mile visit outside of Newport brings you to one of the most notorious megalithic sites in all of Wales, the burial chamber Pentre Ifan.

The central point in the city consists of a fascinating shopping area, Westgate Square. The Kingsway Shopping Centre, along with Newport Market, serve as other noteworthy places to shop and eat. The most popular bar in Newport is on Clarence Place, where TJ’s was once voted one of the top 50 “Big Nights Out” in the world by FHM.

Transportation in and out of Newport is fairly painless, with accessible roads and a railway station. The city is also well-linked to nearby Cardiff, with hourly rail and bus services to the other port city.

There are several golf courses in Newport, including the five-star Celtic Manor Resort, which will host the 2010 Ryder Cup. Other high quality golf courses within Newport include Peterstone Golf Club and Llanwern Golf Club. Newport is also the home of several sports teams, including a once world-renowned rugby club, as well as the Newport County Football Club. The main parks in Newport are Belle Vue Park, Beechwood Park, and Tredegar Park, which is the location of Tredegar House, one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II British mansion. Plans for the new Crindau Marina include opportunities for new housing, along with shops and leisure facilities.