Friday, October 23, 2009
NEWPORT JUST BEFORE THE SEIZURE OF THE FRIARY ca 1500
This is a conjectural Map of Newport ca 1500 using a later map, which,however still shows the wharf, the 'pill' and also the site of the 'Friars'.If you double click it, you can see more detail!
It is quite sad, that only the St Woolos and St Trioc's Benedictine Priory at Malpas remain of all the churches-St Thomas, St Lawrence, the Old Parish Church, St Nicholas at the Priory and the priory itself have gone.
The remains of the Newport Preaching cross, where Archbishop preached the Crusades in 1188 are in St Woolos Churchyard, (Base)and also at Newport Museum (top) which was knocked off by vandals of Oliver Cromwell smashing up crosses and even churches everywhere they went. I understand that a new cross to the original design has been installed in the precinct behind the King's Head Hotel. Note the Westgate Hotel actually stood on the West gate of the town.