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Casnewydd / Newport

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"ST. WOOLLOS, a parish in the upper division of Wentllooge hundred, county Monmouth, containing the western portion of the town and borough of Newport." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • W.A.R.(author). St. Woolos' Cathedral, Newport, and the age of the Saints : (6th-8th centuries).Newport : St. Woolos Cathedral, 1988. 1 leaflet.
  • A history of Newport. Newport, Gwent : Newport Borough Council, [1985] 32p.
  • Berry, Stephen. 100 years of worship at London Street, Newport, 1890-1990 : a short historical survey. Newport, Gwent : Emmanuel Congregational Church, 1990. 16p.
  • Bibliography of Newport Borough. Cwmbran : Gwent County Library, 1986. 326p.
  • Buckingham, Mike. Through the century's eye : pictures of Newport 1850 to 1939 : from the collection of Newport Museum and Art Gallery : a personal selection by Mike Buckingham and Richard of Newport 1850 to 1939 : from the collection of Newport Museum and Art Gallery. Newport : Borough of Newport, [1997?] 77p.
  • College, Nash              Newport - Its River and Wharves             Gwent Local History vol 43 1977          Welsh Journals Online
  • Davis, Jack. One hundred years of Newport rugby. Risca : Starling Press Ltd, 1974. 283p.
  • Dawson, Alex. Newport, West of the river. Stroud : Chalford Publishing, 1995. 128p.
  • Evans, J A H      The Hanging of Mary Morgan      Gwent Local History. No. 92 2002   Welsh Journals Online
  • Evans, John L. The Viking raid on St. Woolos.           Gwent Local History. No. 90 2001  Welsh Journals Online
  • Fletcher, J Kyrle     Newport in 1774: a ballad by Edward Senior of Newport         Gwent Local History vol 85 1998     Welsh Journals Online   
  • Freeman, David. Tredegar House, Newport, Gwent. Newport : Newport Borough Council, Leisure Services Department, [1982?] 31p.
  • Gray, Madeleine.          Bradney and the hundred of Newport.             Gwent Local History vol 62 1987     Welsh Journals Online
  • Gray, Madeleine.              Bradney's 'Hundred of Newport'.           Gwent Local History 74 1993      Welsh Journals Online
  • Heaton, P M. The 'Usk' ships. : history of a Newport shipping venture. Risca : Starling Press, 1982. 88p.
  • Hockey, Primrose. Newport and Monmouthshire Literary Club. Gwent Local History 65 (1988), p. 26-9.
  • Holt, Gillian         The Westgate Hotel, Newport         Gwent Local History 67  1989     Welsh Journals Online
  • Hornsey, Brian. Ninety years of cinema in Newport (Gwent). Stamford : Fuchsiaprint, c1994. 12p.
  • Images of Newport. Derby : Breedon Books, 1995. 192p.
  • Johns, W N. Historical traditions and facts relating to Newport and Caerleon. Newport : Printed and published by W. N. Johns, 1880. 86p.
  • Johnson, Malcolm             A brief document in time: the Cordes nail factory in Newport, and the proclamation of 1839       Gwent Local History vol 101   2006    Welsh Journals Online
  • Jones, David. The last rising : the Newport insurrection of 1839. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1985,1986(printing) 273p.
  • Jones, David. Newport Transporter Bridge : a pictorial history. Zaltbommel ; Cwmbran : European Library in association with Gwent County Council, c1994. 78p.
  • Jones, Herbert Godfrey .    Memories of Newport Castle as a brewery.             Gwent Local History 65   1988    Welsh Journals Online
  • Jones, Jean. Life in Newport around the 1st World War and twenties. Gwent Family History Society Journal 37 (1994), p. 46-7.
  • Jones, J Gwynfor            The National Eisteddfod of Wales at Newport (1897) and Welsh Cultural Life in Gwent           Gwent Local History 67  1989     Welsh Journals Online
  • Jones, Keith B. The religious climate of the Chartist insurrection at Newport, Monmouthshire, 4th November, 1839 : expressions of evangelicalism. Journal of Welsh Religious History 5 (1997), p. 57-71.
  • Jukes, Tony           The Walfords: the worst fences in Newport             Gwent Local History. No. 92 2002   Welsh Journals Online
  • Knight, Cliff V. Pillgwenlly, Newport. Newport : Starling, c1983. 133p.
  • Knight, Jeremy K. Newport Castle. Monmouthshire Antiquary 7 (1991), p. 17-42.
  • Langmead, Donald           The Mild Colonial Boy: R G Thomas, Architect of Newport              Gwent Local History 69   1990   Welsh Journals Online
  • Lewis, C Roy. Housing areas in the industrial town : a case study of Newport, Gwent, 1850-1880. National Library of Wales Journal 24 (1985/86), p. 118-46.
  • Lewis, C J Pitt                   John Frost's Birthday             Gwent Local History vol 58 1985    Welsh Journals Online
  • Lovering, G W J            Thomas Powell of the Gaer, Newport (1780?-1863)          Gwent Local History vol 84 1998    Welsh Journals Online
  • Lovering, G W J            Nonconformity in the Town of Newport          Gwent Local History vol 88 2000    Welsh Journals Online   
  • Maggs, Colin. Newport trams. Dorset : Oakwood Press, 1977. 60p.
  • Matthews, James. Historic Newport. Newport, Gwent : Newport County Borough Council, 1996. 266p.
  • Millinship, William & Jeffrey Spittal.               Thomas and Tom Spittle: Newport ironmasters 1854-1940.            Gwent Local History 83 1997     Welsh Journals Online
  • Newport County Football Club 1912-1960. Stroud : Chalford, 1997. 128p.
  • Newport neighbourhoods. Newport : Gwent College of Higher Education, 1982. 64p.
  • Osmond, David        After the rising: Chartism in Newport, 1840/48          Gwent Local History. No. 98 2005   Welsh Journals Online
  • Roderick, Alan. The tower that Jasper built : [St. Woolos' Cathedral]. Country Quest 30/10 (1990), p. 8-9.
  • Roderick, Alan. The pubs of Newport. Newport, Newport : Handpost, 1997. 265p.
  • Roderick, Alan. Newport kaleidoscope. Newport, Gwent : Handpost, c1994. 238p.
  • Smith, C E          Castell Newydd ar Wysg: A New Castle on the Usk            Gwent Local History. No. 95 2003   Welsh Journals Online
  • Smith, T G            A Customs History of the Port of Newport        Gwent Local History vol 46 1979      Welsh Journals Online      & Conclusion  Gwent Local History vol 47 1979      Welsh Journals Online
  • St. Julian's Methodist Church, Newport, Gwent : 90th anniversary 1902-1992. 1992. 12p.
  • The County Borough of Newport, Monmouthshire, visitors guide. Cheltenham : Burrow, [1973]
  • Thomas, David B. Trams and buses of Newport, 1845 to 1981 : a complete history of street public transport in Newport, Gwent, South Wales. Risca : Starling Press, 1982. 104p.
  • Thomas, E A. Newport transport : 80 years of service. Newport (Newport, Wales) : Newport Borough Council 1981.48p.
  • Thomas, Keith         Memories of 'Gwent College for Boys'; the Gaer and the Firs, Newport, 1924 - 1970          Gwent Local History. No. 91 2001 Welsh Journals Online
  • Underwood, Terry. "The way we were" in Newport : a pictorial record of Newport from the beginning of the century up to nineteen fifty : a collection of photographs and memories of the town and its people of yesteryear. Newport, Gwent : Terry Underwood, 1981. 189p.
  • Underwood, Terry. Once upon a time in Newport. Newport, Gwent : Terry Underwood, 1995. 271p.
  • Underwood, Terry. Time to remember, time to forget : the story of Newport in the war years. Newport, Gwent : Terry Underwood, 1996. 131p.
  • Vaughan, Derrick C. Newport, first stop : 1800-1900. Newport, Gwent : D.C. Vaughan, 1990. 310p.
  • Williams, Chris. History, heritage and commemoration : Newport, 1839-1989. Llafur 6/1 (1992), p. 5-16.
  • Wilson, John. Art and society in Newport : James Flewitt Mullock and the Victorian achievement. Newport, Gwent : Newport Museum and Art Gallery, c1993. 69p.
  • Wybron, Norman. The Chartists of Blaenau Gwent : an account of the part they played in the march in Newport on the 3rd-4th November 1839. [Newport] : Kerin Publications, 1989. 49p.


JEWISH CEMETERY NEWPORT - on the People's Collection Wales site


There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

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Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by I.G Jones, & D. Williams. UWP, Cardiff, 1976. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants. Check with Gwent RO to see what extant records are held, and possible names of chapels/churches established after 1851.

St Woollos Parish consisting of St Woollos and the Borough of Newport; Statistics; Area 3854 acres; Population 10,536 males, 9743 females, total 20279

  • St Woollos
  • St Woollos Parish Church Usual number of attendants 200 2 services in English Unsigned
  • Pillgwenlly School Room (District of St Paul) Erected by Rowley Lascelles Esq (no date) Used as a temporary place of worship in connection with the Church of England Attendance - morning 50 + 75 scholars, evening 160 "This small school room is to be replaced shortly with a church to hold 660 people " Henry Wybrow, Perpetual Curate of St Paul's
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Pillgwenlly Erected 1828 Attendance - 152 + 51 scholars, evening 244 Frederick Payne, Minister
  • Baptist Chapel, Commercial Rd Erected 1843 Attendance - morning 200 + 117 scholars, evening 300 +117 scholars David Edwards, Minister
  • Bible Christian Chapel, Commercial Rd Erected 1840 Attendance - morning 71, evening 84 James (Illegible), Trustee, No 6 Portland St
  • Wesleyan Reformers, Pillgwenlly Erected 1850 (Not used exclusively as a place of worship) Attendance - morning 65 + 110 scholars, evening 160 + 50 scholars "This Congregation consists mainly of Wesleyans who have been expelled for disputing about matters of Discipline in Methodism" John Cole, Local Preacher and Tenant, Pillgwenlly
  • Trinity Chapel, Pillgwenlly English Independents Erected 1844 Attendance - morning 15 + 32 scholars, evening 30 + 15 scholars Alexander Bowman, A member, No 10 Portland St
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held at Sunderland Hall, Llanarth St Rented from Oct 1847 Morning 60, afternoon 200, evening 400 No scholars Jacob Jones, Preseident, Thos. Roberts, Shoemaker, Top of Caroline St, Newport
  • Ebenezer Chapel, Commercial St, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1839 Attendance - morning 260, afternoon 98, evening 201 Phillip John, Deacon, 169 Commercial St
  • English Baptist Chapel, Commercial St Erected 1829 Attendance - morning 350 + 82 scholars, afternoon 183 scholars, evening 550 "Mothering Sunday, a Welsh Festival or custom causes a small attendance today" William Allen, Minister, Storr Hill
  • See also 2 entries below which show St Woollos as their parish
  • Newport Borough
  • St Paul District Church Consecrated 1836 to supply the spritual want of an increasing population.... total cost c £7000 Attendance - morning 756 + 100 scholars, afternoon 128, evening 660 3 services in English Henry Wybrow, Perpetual Curate
  • St Marie's Catholic Church (St Woollos) Erected 1839 Attendance - morning Mass 400, 2 Do 900, afternoon 200, evening 700 Dominick (? Martin), Parish Priest
  • Hope Chapel, Commercial St, Congregational Independent Erected originally before 1810, in its present form in 1814 Attendance - morning 179 + 117 scholars, afternoon 189 scholars, evening 210 John Barfield, B.A, Minister, 20 Llanarth St
  • No Name or Title (elsewhere listed as Plymouth Brethren) at 34 Llanarth St Building not used exclusively as a place of worship Attendance - morning 19, evening 19 "In some parts of England we are known by the designation "Brethren" " John Skinner, An Elder
  • Tabernacle Chapel, Congregational or Independent Erected 1822 Attendance - morning 278 + 85 scholars, afternoon 148 scholars, evening 513 Thomas Gillman, Minister, No 5 Great Dock St
  • Mariners' Church, Canal Side, Newport Used by all Dissenting Denominations Erected 1827 Attendance - (average) afternoon 50 "The place is fitted up entirely with benches, all free sittings, and the ministers of the various congregations alternately and gratuitously" Thomas Turner, Secretary, Commercial Rd
  • Mill St Chapel, Independents Erected more than 200 years ago Attendance - morning 14+ 6 scholars, evening 40 + 10 scholars Lewis Edwards, Deacon, Bro-dawel, Nr Newport
  • Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Commercial St (St Woollos) Erected originally 1808, present building on same site in 1850 Attendance - morning 240 + 40 scholars, evening 390 Edward William Jones, Chapel Steward, Glan Mor
  • Mount Zion Chapel, Hill St, Newport, Independent Erected 1835 Attendance morning 156, afternoon 78 scholars, evening 189 Griffith Griffiths, Minister
  • Welsh Baptist Chapel, Charles St, Newport Erected 1817 Attendance - morning 280, afternoon 150 scholars, evening 300 (..."average attendance must be something more) William Thomas, Minister
  • Wesleyan Chapel of the Free Church or Reform Wesleyans, Hill St Erected 1832 and undergoing enlargement at the present time Attendance - morning 145, afternoon 70 scholars, evening 249 "This congregation is one formed of persons who have been expelled from the old Wesleyan body in consequence of their disapproval of the acts of the Conference in the year 1849 and also of persons who have retired with them together with such as have since joined them" James Ewins, Senior Local Preacher and Class Leader, 13 High St
  • Latter Day Saints Chapel Not a separate and entire building Usual number - morning 100 + above 30 scholars, afternoon 100, evening 160 + about 30 scholars Informant; no signature

Church Records

See the Monmouthshire county page for links to online records

  • This list of parish records is intended as a rough guide to coverage only. Their location as stated should be confirmed with the appropriate Record Office prior to any visit.
  • [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary] selected parish records.
  • Casnewydd / Newport, St Woolos's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1702-42, 1769-1931 1702-49, 1754-1930 1795-1807 1702-43, 1769-1882
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-75, 1777-1837, 1843-50, 1852-87 - records with the NLW
    Casnewydd / Newport, All Saints Church (formed from St Woolos 1899) - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns
    1898-1952 1899-1978 1899-1908, 1913-62
    Casnewydd / Newport, Holy Trinity Church (formed from St Woolos 1864) - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns
    1852-7, 1864-1975 1862-1975 1887-1956, 1960-7
    Bishops Transcripts 1864-84 - records with the NLW
    Casnewydd / Newport, St John Evangelist & St Mary's Church (formed from Eglwys y Drindod/Christchurch 1860) - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages
    1866-1975 (St. Mary 1899-1952) 1861-1977 (St. Mary 1949-52)
    Casnewydd / Newport, St Mark's Church (formed from St Woolos 1875) - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns
    1875-1968 1875-1971 1932-46
    Casnewydd / Newport, St Matthew's Church (formed from St John Evangelist 1911) - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns
    1896-1938 1911-71 1911-74
    Casnewydd / Newport, St Paul's Church (formed from St Woolos 1839) - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages
    1837-1927 1840-1930
    Casnewydd / Newport, St Stephen's Church (formed from Holy Trinity 1921) - records with the Gwent RO
  • Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • Marriage register of the Hebrew Congregation's Synagogue in Llanarth Street. Isaac Greenstein and Deborah Bluma married in 1866.
    • Marriage register of Holy Trinity Church. Gustav Mahnke and Alice Brian, married in 1891.

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 Will of William Welsche bequeathing 12d and other monies to the bridge of Newport, 1361 - on the People's Collection Wales site


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Casnewydd / Newport has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • Newport's War Dead
  • Newport Past
  • Roll of Honour  memorials WWI &II - Brynglas, Newport
  • Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • Newport Bridge and Castle - Turner, William 
    • BandM train in Newport station, c. 1910
    • Machen-Newport service, 'Danygraig' bus c.1928.
    • Old Newport High Street - Richards, Frederick Charles (R.E., A.R.C.A.)
    • The Monmouthshire Canal at Newport/ Joseph Walter dd 1800-1850
    • Newport Cattle Market, 1921
    • Rows of green robed Gorsedd members, Newport Proclamation ceremony, 1987. Elerydd (W.J.Gruffydd) was the Archdruid.
    • Newport docks accident 1909
    • Colour digital photographic survey of Newport Cattle Market, Newport, consisting of 70 images
    • Newport High Street, 1910
    • Field Marshal Montgomery is awarded the Freedom of Newport, 29 September 1945
    • Broadside newspaper announcing 'Dreadful Riot and Loss of Life at Newport', following the Chartist rising, 1839
    • A collection of items relating to the Chartist insurrection at Newport in 1839.
    • Page from the Newport Borough Corporation Minute Book, 1836
    • Newport - before, during and after The First World War
    • Lord Tredegar officially opening the Newport Transporter Bridge, 12 September 1906

Law and Legislation

  • Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • Usk Gaol records, Newport. Usk Gaol records with description of the prisoner, where arrested, and the offence committed. Jules Deschamps from Algiers, Algeria 
    • Quarter Sessions Depositions with reference to Wright Beatty (tried for riot and conspiracy during the Chartist rising at Newport), 1840 
    • The examination of William Davies, at the trial of the Chartist leaders, following the Rising at Newport, November 1839.
    • Witness Statement: John Lewis' continued statement, Identifying the type of arms possessed by the Chartists and about his subsequent visit to the Westgate Inn shortly after the violence.
    • Vouchers recording expenses for Coroner's Inquisitions on 'men unknown' shot during the Chartist uprising, Newport, 1839

Merchant Marine

  • Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • The Newport Ship was discovered in 2002 during construction work of Newport's River Front Theatre.The picture you see here was taken after the excavation of 7 metres of mud. 
    • Newport docks Year Book, 1919
    • Crew list for the Celynen, 1889, Newport to Amsterdam. The front page with conditions of the journey. 
    • The Alexandra Docks, Newport: View of the Town Dock, c.1840s/1850s, a pictorial view of Pill from shortly after the production of the tithe map, with fields surrounding the dock.

Military History

  • 'Castle Wales' site - Newport Castle.
  • Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • Newport War Memorial
    • Princess Mary tin presented to frontline troops in 1914
    • Prisoner-of-War Tribute Medal awarded to Edward John Wilson by the Borough of Newport on 16 January 1919. Inscribed: 'PRISONER OF WAR NEWPORT IS PROUD OF YOU'.
    • Note to confirm that Mrs Martha Johnson would give shelter to Eileen and Vera Roberts Josie Parker in the event of an air raid. Martha Johnson was an ARP warden in Newport during the Second World War
    • Florence Elizabeth Jones kept a diary through the First World War, about the experiences of supporting and standing by her future husband - Harry Myles Riding - who was a WW1 'Conscientious Objector' from the Christchurch area of Newport
    • This memorial in Bethlehem Baptist Chapel in Trefdraeth/Newport Pembrokeshire contains the names and regimental details of 48 members of the chapel who served in the First World War. 



Sat 23 February 1839 Western Vindicator. Chartist Newspaper published by Henry Vincent. Various dates  - on the People's Collection Wales site

Newspaper extracts



  • Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • A postcard photograph of members of the Newport Borough Police, Monmouthshire.
    • A large original photograpah of a Police Constable of the Newport Borough Police stopping the traffic outside of a school to allow children and adults to cross the road.

Politics and Government

John's Newport Directory, 1894: List of consuls and vice-consuls residing at Newport. Newport was an important trading centre with many international connections in the nineteenth century. - on the People's Collection Wales site



  • Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • School Attendance Medal awarded to Reginald Berry by Newport School Board & Newport Education Committee, 1904-5
    • Alexandra Girls School admission, Pillgwenlly

Social life and Customs

  • Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • Emily Johnson dance Pass, Mission to Seamen Institute, Newport, 1st April 1949.
    • Baptism certificate of Desmond Johnson. Baptised at St Pauls church in Newport on the 15th July 1935
    • Invoice for care at St Wooloston House
    • This is a death notice from Wooloston house infirmary, notifying Benjamin Johnson of the death of his son Desmond. Benjamin was a merchant seaman and was away working at sea at the time of his son's death.
    • Newport baseball team c1910
    • Newport Cricket Club, 1926
    • Newport invincible team, 1891-92 [rugby]
    • Theatre Play Bill, Newport - 'Toole', 19th century