NOW AND THEN: Cambrian Road, Newport
7:20am Tuesday 20th May 2014 in News
The Now and Then picture is Cambrian Road, Newport.
I used come out of the Arcade and see the 6a bus disappearing up towards station. I would chase after it and jump on by catching hold of the pole by the Post Office.
I was young at fit in those days, fond memories
Bobby B Newport
The pictures show Cambrian Road looking down from the Railway Station. Both pictures show the Lamb Hotel in Bridge Street and the then pictures show the bus stops for Alway and Traston Road nearest to the camera while the bus stop for Christchurch was lower down close to the Lloyd and Yorath (Ansells) brewery and Joyce's bookshop and stationery store.
Edwards Sport shop was nearer to the camera as was the entrance to the goods Depot and Western Welsh office.
On the other side were National & Provincial Bank, WH Smith, Baker & Manhire and EG Taylor which all had walk through facilities into High Street.
Davies Music shop was on the one corner of the arcade that led and still does into High Street.
Further up were the New Found Out and Greyhound pubs. Besides the shops shown in the picture were the Royce Restaurant, London Hosiery and Tredegar Arms Hotel. Joyce's toy shop was also further down and survived for many years before moving to the market.
Allan Rooks Newport
The Now and Then picture is of Cambrian Road. In the picture were Fussel Sports Shop, Cotton Club, Housing Offices which closed and the Newfound Out Pub, also closed.
Further down opposite The Lamb is Tesco Express on the other side you would catch the buses and the Rent Offices were there which they now have a Wetherspoons and other pub.
Opposite is an arcade to take you into High Street which has a few shops, cafes, etc. By The Lamb Pub use to have a nice china shop called Cisbries, which is now an estate agent, also the G.P.O. Post Office is there.
Mrs. M. Reardon Newport
Cambrian Road. On the left Princess tea rooms (commonly known) where they had brilliant omelettes, the Greyhound pub and then the New-Found-Out Pub, Spit and Sawdust , full of character, “Like the bar from Star Wars”, roughest cider, full of lumps but we were young and macho, opposite was the bus stop to Nash and Lliswerry.
Further down on the corner was Fort Snacks Cafe where I have very fond memories of being nearly kicked to death by Bristol Rovers fans after consuming many pints of lumpy cider and thinking I was Rocky Marciano. Opposite Fort Snacks was Cambrian Warehouse where if you had a couple of bob and knew someone with a wholesale card you could double your money.
Down the end on the left is the bank which my father repaired the roof in 1967. I was 12 years of age carrying slates up to him on my granddads old pulley and 40-foot ladders in the school summer holidays. I was on five bob a day and was the richest kid in “Corpor”, with loads of mates!
Kenvyn Bowden Newport
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