NOW AND THEN: Chepstow Road and the cenotaph, Newport

NOW AND THEN: Chepstow Road and the cenotaph, Newport

NOW AND THEN: Chepstow Road and the cenotaph, Newport

NOW AND THEN: Chepstow Road and the cenotaph, Newport

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LAST week we featured Chepstow Road and the cenotaph, Newport.

I was born in Newport and lived at Ringwood Hill, the now photo takes me back to when I was a little boy and used to go to Saturday morning matinee, where they showed the old cowboys etc movies, the movies used to end in dramatic finishes and they would say you must see next week’s episode, I believe the cinema was called the Odeon. Across from the cenotaph was another cinema, but I can’t remember the name of it. Your now and then series really takes me back in time.

Terry Britton, Tasmania, Australia

The photo is of Newport’s Clarence Place. Prominent in the ‘then’ picture is the newly erected Cenotaph (cenotaph means “empty tomb”) built to remember those who fell in the First World War. The column was inscribed “1914-1918”. Later was added “1939-1945” for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Second World War. In recent years has been added an inscription to those who have fallen in conflicts since then. The photo must date from between the 1920s when the Cenotaph was built and the 1930s when the Odeon cinema was built. Just along from the Odeon is the Ivy Bush pub - still there today, and further still was the Isca Hotel.

Dave Woolven, Newport

This is an obvious view of Clarence Place and the Cenotaph, taken from Chepstow Road. This where the annual Remembrance Day participants gather in November, and is renowned for the many food outlets there.

To the right of the Cenotaph is the old Odeon cinema, and the Ivy Bush pub.

Jim Dyer Stockton Rd Newport

The Now and Then picture is of Caerleon Rd and Corporation Road in Newport. In the middle is the cenotaph memorial, and the Odeon cinema used to be nearby, which in turn became a snooker hall, opposite was the Transports Club where bus drivers and conductresses used to hold their dances etc. On the left of the picture was a sewing machine shop called Singers and another cinema, The Coliseum which is now a block of flats. Opposite is Barratts florist and the Artful Dodger pub. Also in the area is the tax office,The Ivy Bush pub and the Clarence Club.

Mrs M Reardon, Newport

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9:32am Tue 1 Apr 14

rmh1989 says...

This is clarence place in Newport. You can see clarence house in the background on the newer photo. This must be a very old photo because even the 1930s cinema isn't there to be seen
This is clarence place in Newport. You can see clarence house in the background on the newer photo. This must be a very old photo because even the 1930s cinema isn't there to be seen rmh1989
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6:29pm Tue 1 Apr 14

LanceCVP says...

This is Clarence Place Newport and shows the Cenotaph and what was The Odeon cinema behind it. To the left of the photo and out of shot was another cinema called The Coliseum which closed in 1967 but re-opened after a refurbishment on 1st March 1971 as Studios 1 & 2. This cinema was famous for showing films that were not of a family nature. It closed in 1987. As for the Odeon cinema I recall in the 70's the film 'Confessions of a Driving Instructor' was showing and the manageress whose name was Nancy Virgin gave free admission to any driving instructors that went to see the film. She also arranged for a driving school car to be on display in the foyer. I was a driving instructor at the time and I went to see the film. As a result I ended up teaching Nancy to drive.
This is Clarence Place Newport and shows the Cenotaph and what was The Odeon cinema behind it. To the left of the photo and out of shot was another cinema called The Coliseum which closed in 1967 but re-opened after a refurbishment on 1st March 1971 as Studios 1 & 2. This cinema was famous for showing films that were not of a family nature. It closed in 1987. As for the Odeon cinema I recall in the 70's the film 'Confessions of a Driving Instructor' was showing and the manageress whose name was Nancy Virgin gave free admission to any driving instructors that went to see the film. She also arranged for a driving school car to be on display in the foyer. I was a driving instructor at the time and I went to see the film. As a result I ended up teaching Nancy to drive. LanceCVP
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7:48am Tue 8 Apr 14

hazellboy says...

looks a lot nicer then, nice to know the planners were as clueless when they changed it back in the day as they are now!
looks a lot nicer then, nice to know the planners were as clueless when they changed it back in the day as they are now! hazellboy
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7:55am Tue 8 Apr 14

lynny 1 says...

the cinema opposite the odeon was called studio 1 & 2.
the cinema opposite the odeon was called studio 1 & 2. lynny 1
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7:57am Tue 8 Apr 14

scraptheWAG says...

looks lovely now like the rest of the town
looks lovely now like the rest of the town scraptheWAG
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9:27am Tue 8 Apr 14

evans07 says...

clarence place and maindee area use 2 be busy areas for shopping
in my younger days
clarence place and maindee area use 2 be busy areas for shopping in my younger days evans07
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10:30am Tue 8 Apr 14

musicmaker730 says...

Memories, I used to play accordian for dancing in the Transport Club, Also
had an office opposite the Odeon with the Liverpool & Victoria Ins.
My transport then was a 1934 Hillman minx.
Left Newport for Canada in 1973.
still read Argus every day. K Read.
Memories, I used to play accordian for dancing in the Transport Club, Also had an office opposite the Odeon with the Liverpool & Victoria Ins. My transport then was a 1934 Hillman minx. Left Newport for Canada in 1973. still read Argus every day. K Read. musicmaker730
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