100 years ago

There was optimism at their annual dinner when the Alexandra Dock Company reported an increase in trade, which had resulted in a record year.

At a meeting of Newport Parliamentary Committee, the subject of the ownership of King’s Hill was raised.

The almshouses in this area of land between St Woolos and St Paul’s churches had fallen into disrepair and the head of the Tredegar estate had offered to carry out the repairs in return for the rent, which was currently being paid to the town council.

Another young child, this time a six year old boy from the Pill area, died in the Royal Gwent Hospital, as a result of severe scalding.

The first plans of the proposed site for the Whitehead Steel Company were published. The works were re-locating from Tredegar to Newport.

50 years ago

Wales travelled to Twickenham for a 6-6 draw with England, the current international champions.

The most widespread fog of the winter, covering all of England and most of South Wales resulted in six injuries in road traffic accidents in Monmouthshire.

More than 200 vehicles had been reported to have crashed on the M1.

Teachers in Monmouthshire schools were refusing to supervise school dinners after Monmouthshire Education Committee refused to meet with them to discuss the school meals service.

An expert in decorative street lighting was to be consulted by Newport Chamber of Trade with a view to brightening up a “shabby” Newport next Christmas.

25 years ago

Gwent’s council-run heavy goods vehicle training centre in Cwmbran faced closure due to competition from private training operators.

Scotland beat Wales 23-7 at Murrayfield and calls were made to make major changes to the team before their next fixture against Ireland.

The ombudsman was set to investigate a complaint that Torfaen Borough Council turned a blind eye to an extension at the controversial Re-Chem waste disposal plant.

Hopes were high that Gwent could provide the ideal site for a £700 million Toyota car plant after it was announced that the Japanese car manufacturer was looking at a site in Llanwern.