NOW AND THEN: High Street, Newport
10:18am Tuesday 10th December 2013 in News
This is Newport’s High Street. The building in the centre of both photos is Ye Olde Murenger public house a Grade II listed building.
The Murenger is supposed to date from the 1400s and is where the tax for the upkeep of the town walls was collected. Just out of camera shot is the Newport Arcade, on the corner of which was the long established shop of LR Crouch, jeweller.
Further up was Lovell’s café and next door was GA Dunn & Co, hatters, then came the Greyhound hotel with the Tredegar Arms Hotel and Lloyds Bank on the corner of Station Approach. Opposite the Murenger was the Argus offices and around the corner in Market Street was the printing presses, if small boys were lucky, the big steel doors would be open a few inches and we could see the presses running.
The ‘Then’ photo dates from the early 1900s, it is noticeable how the Murenger has changed – from one overhang to three overhangs plus the ‘Tudor’ timberwork.
The building next but one to the Murenger is advertising ‘Boodles Teeth’.
Dave Woolven, Newport
Today’s old photo features the top of High Street with the Old Murenger public house.
Not changed much here, but around the corner the scenery, roads, and buildings are all different. Like the rest of Town Centre, it is not so busy now and awaiting some TLC.
Jim Dyer, Newport You tried to fool us again with your Now and Then picture. Yes they do show scenes in south Gwent, they are photos of Newport High Street.
In the centre of each picture is the Ye Olde Murenger pub. I can’t remember it any other way than as the Now picture and I’m 76 years old, so I don’t know when the building was altered.
The Then picture is a beautiful colour picture, did they have colour photography that long ago? The car looks more than 100 years old.
Most of the buildings to the left of theYe Olde Murenger have not changed and the former council tax office is presently being rebuilt. I know nothing about the building to the right of the Then picture, it was replaced by Lloyds bank in 1926/7 which was then replaced by a pub.
Brian J J Jelf, Newport
We received the following too late for last week’s feature: I recognise the Now and Then picture as being the top of High Street, Newport, clearly showing the Murenger House inn. As a youngster I worked as an apprentice for a firm of carpenters and joiners, J H Williams. I clearly remember the timber work facade being worked on by the company during the years 1949-50. My foreman at that time was Mr Trevor Palmer. The lead work was restored by a company based in Maindee known as C Dyer.
Derrick Stratford, Rhiwderin
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