NOW AND THEN: Commercial Street, Newport

South Wales Argus: NOW AND THEN: Nos 149, 150 and 151 Commercial Street, Newport NOW AND THEN: Nos 149, 150 and 151 Commercial Street, Newport

Last week’s Now and Then picture showed Reynolds which extended over 149, 150 and 151 Commercial Street.

Reynolds used to sell drapery and complete house furnishings at its shop. It is now the bank TSB.

This is Reynolds department store on the corner of Charles St and Commercial St. The windowsills on the Charles St side were curved; cast bronze panels with the shop name in raised and polished letters.

On the opposite corner of Charles St was the Talbot Inn which dated from early Victorian times.

A little further up from the Talbot was the Empire Theatre which burnt down in the early 1940s. The act playing on the night of the fire was the pianist Charlie Kunz, the schoolboy story was that he was a German spy and that it was he that started the blaze.

Dave Woolven, Malpas Park, Newport

The Now and Then picture is of Commercial St and the TSB Band is on the corner and around Charles Street. Next to the Bank is Clinton Card Ship.

The TSB Bank was once Reynolds Dress shop. Across the road is the Body Shop which was the Talbot Pub and Superdrug is there. But Woolworths use to be there – opposite is Lloyds Band and Clarks show shop, on the corners of Llanarth Street.

Mrs M. Reardon Newport

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5:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Afghan Hound says...

The corner of Charles and Commercial streets, From the dress of the person it looks Victorian era. Not sure what the shop would be, but at one stage it was Forde and Moors ironmongers, (a good old fashioned description).
The corner of Charles and Commercial streets, From the dress of the person it looks Victorian era. Not sure what the shop would be, but at one stage it was Forde and Moors ironmongers, (a good old fashioned description). Afghan Hound
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10:19am Tue 10 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Back in the mid1960s that Reynolds had an upmarket Austin Reed "Cue" mens shop within it where you could buy very decent button down shirts and tonic mohair suits. ( with raised seams) ....and then slope down to the Globe pills a poppin' ...

That past and that "Newport" is another country.
Back in the mid1960s that Reynolds had an upmarket Austin Reed "Cue" mens shop within it where you could buy very decent button down shirts and tonic mohair suits. ( with raised seams) ....and then slope down to the Globe pills a poppin' ... That past and that "Newport" is another country. KarloMarko
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10:22am Tue 10 Jun 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

My memory might be playing tricks on me but I think it was Reynolds that had the last pneumatic money flow system in Newport. I recall the sales assistants putting your money into a small round brass container then that went into a glass tube system and then it was whizzed around the store by compressed air power. It might have been a different store but I think it was there (mid 1960s ish).
My memory might be playing tricks on me but I think it was Reynolds that had the last pneumatic money flow system in Newport. I recall the sales assistants putting your money into a small round brass container then that went into a glass tube system and then it was whizzed around the store by compressed air power. It might have been a different store but I think it was there (mid 1960s ish). ex-St. Julians boy
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10:36am Tue 10 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Wasn't that the London House dept store a bit further along? I remember being fascinated by that money tube magic as a kid...of course we had no TV.
Wasn't that the London House dept store a bit further along? I remember being fascinated by that money tube magic as a kid...of course we had no TV. KarloMarko
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12:28pm Tue 10 Jun 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

@KarloMarko - It might have been. All I can remember for sure is that it was one that was fairly close to the bottom end of Charles Street.
@KarloMarko - It might have been. All I can remember for sure is that it was one that was fairly close to the bottom end of Charles Street. ex-St. Julians boy
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