NOW AND THEN: Newport General Post Office, High Street
2:30pm Tuesday 14th January 2014 in News
This is a busy High Street, Newport. The imposing building on the left hand side of the photo was the General Post Office.
The next building along with the clock just visible is the Corn Exchange. As there is an open topped tram in the picture, the photo must date from before the Second World War. The face of the GPO was saved (by some miracle) and now fronts a multi storey car park while the Corn Exchange is but a memory.
Opposite the Corn Exchange stood the Kings Head Hotel (now defunct) which dated from the stagecoach days, around the back was a multi storey livery stable.
Over the cameraman's right shoulder was the Argus office. Roughly where the green scaffolding is in the 'Now' photo is the Carpenters Arms pub which dates from the 1400's and was once the town lock-up. To the left of the cameraman was Station Approach leading to the GWR station.
Dave Woolven, Newport
Today's picture is an old shot of the top end of Newport's High Street. More activity and bustle then than there is now! And more buildings! The dominant left hand buildings, with the Corn Exchange.
Post Office and Fur Shop, are opposite the King's Head Hotel and Carpenter's PH. How sad that the Council saw it necessary to demolish these grand old structures and create a nondescript zone.
James Dyer, Newport
The Now and Then picture is of the old Corn Exchange in High Street and next to it the old post office. I can remember a furniture shop called Wallace Jones and also a shop selling furs, as well as a cafe. Along the front railings were the bikes that the telegram boys used for their deliveries. On the corner was Keene’s tobacconist.
There used to be a small lane that you could go through into Thomas Street and there was a small pub called the Royal Oak Inn and the birthplace of John Frost.
In front of the Corn Exchange stood The Kings Head Hotel, sadly now closed.
The Corn Exchange buildings now house office suites.
Mrs M Reardon, Newport
This week’s Now and Then picture shows the old general post office in High Street, Newport. Thankfully the front of this building survives – as the front of a multi-storey car park.
At the far end of this building was Thomas Street where John Frost was born. Thomas Street included a loading platform for mail vans and led to a subway under the railway station to Pentonville.
Beyond Thomas Street was the Corn Exchange, which unfortunately did not survive. Beyond the Corn Exchange was a row of shops, these were replaced by modern buildings.
On the opposite side of High Street are more shops, the Carpenter’s Arms, the arcade and the King’s Head Hotel.
Brian J J Jelf, Newport
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