Medieval Newport friary unearthed in city centre Friars Walk site

South Wales Argus: FIND WAS EXPECTED: Work continues on the Friars Walk project in Newport FIND WAS EXPECTED: Work continues on the Friars Walk project in Newport

ARCHAEOLOGISTS working on the Friars Walk site in the city centre have uncovered what is thought to be part of a 600-year-old medieval friary that once stood in Newport.

Newport council says archaeological evidence has been found after an investigation spanning the past few weeks.

But unlike the discovery of the Newport Ship more than 10 years ago, this find was expected.

A spokeswoman for the council says the find will not have an impact on the development, which is hoped will be open by Spring 2016 at the latest.

It’s believed that the archaeological remains are from the friary that once stood at the location of the now demolished Newport bus station.

A house of the Friars Eremites of St Augustine, also known as Austin Friars, was founded in Newport by the second Earl of Stafford in 1377.

The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century.

That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860.

A Newport council spokeswoman said: “As a planned part of Queensberry’s development of the Friars Walk Scheme an archaeological investigation has been underway for the past few weeks to locate any historic buildings on the site.

“Archaeological remains have been found exactly where expected and, working with experts, investigations will continue to fully uncover and record what has been found.

“This is a normal part of any city centre development.

“As noted, this work was planned, what has been found was expected, and will not impact on the programme.”

The Argus revealed earlier this week that the Friars Walk development will create work for 650 people at its peak.

Most of the workers are expected to come from Wales.

Friars Walk was secured after Newport council agreed to loan £90 million to developers Queensberry.

Newport council is itself borrowing the money from the Public Works Loan Board, while Welsh Government funding got demolition work under way.

Newport’s Capitol Car Park was spectacularly demolished with explosives back in January, and much of the site including the former bus station has now been cleared.

More information on the Friary can be found on the Newport Past website

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10:42am Fri 7 Mar 14

whatintheworld says...

Here's what it used to look like

http://www.europeana
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Here's what it used to look like http://www.europeana .eu/portal/record/92 00119/0201E252D78B67 CE9CFB96BEE1B5A3C076 0904C0.html whatintheworld
  • Score: 14

12:10pm Fri 7 Mar 14

inkyskin says...

http://www.newportpa
st.com/early/friary/ interesting reading!
http://www.newportpa st.com/early/friary/ interesting reading! inkyskin
  • Score: 16

12:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

thomas35 says...

Not another chip shop???
Not another chip shop??? thomas35
  • Score: -13

1:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Jinxey says...

thomas35 wrote:
Not another chip shop???
What... another pointless comment?

Excellent link Inky Skin. Always interesting when something like this pops up!
[quote][p][bold]thomas35[/bold] wrote: Not another chip shop???[/p][/quote]What... another pointless comment? Excellent link Inky Skin. Always interesting when something like this pops up! Jinxey
  • Score: 12

2:06pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Dolieboy says...

Probably trashed like the Mural by ye olde Newport Council
Probably trashed like the Mural by ye olde Newport Council Dolieboy
  • Score: 3

2:39pm Fri 7 Mar 14

PontyPeter says...

Jinxey wrote:
thomas35 wrote:
Not another chip shop???
What... another pointless comment?

Excellent link Inky Skin. Always interesting when something like this pops up!
Erm, I think the chip shop comment was meant to be a joke.
Chips - friar?
Clearly lost on some.

Back to the article.
Fascinating stuff and a glimpse into Newport's interesting history.
[quote][p][bold]Jinxey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas35[/bold] wrote: Not another chip shop???[/p][/quote]What... another pointless comment? Excellent link Inky Skin. Always interesting when something like this pops up![/p][/quote]Erm, I think the chip shop comment was meant to be a joke. Chips - friar? Clearly lost on some. Back to the article. Fascinating stuff and a glimpse into Newport's interesting history. PontyPeter
  • Score: 17

2:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Jinxey says...

PontyPeter wrote:
Jinxey wrote:
thomas35 wrote:
Not another chip shop???
What... another pointless comment?

Excellent link Inky Skin. Always interesting when something like this pops up!
Erm, I think the chip shop comment was meant to be a joke.
Chips - friar?
Clearly lost on some.

Back to the article.
Fascinating stuff and a glimpse into Newport's interesting history.
Not funny even if it was a joke and yet still pointless.
[quote][p][bold]PontyPeter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jinxey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas35[/bold] wrote: Not another chip shop???[/p][/quote]What... another pointless comment? Excellent link Inky Skin. Always interesting when something like this pops up![/p][/quote]Erm, I think the chip shop comment was meant to be a joke. Chips - friar? Clearly lost on some. Back to the article. Fascinating stuff and a glimpse into Newport's interesting history.[/p][/quote]Not funny even if it was a joke and yet still pointless. Jinxey
  • Score: -16

3:39pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Radio Wales says...

Was the council quote meant to imply that the discovery will be unearthed, noted but then destroyed so as to get on with the job?
Someone once said that people with no appreciation of history were incapable of leaving a legacy.
It could be interesting to speculate on the date when someone discovers the remains of the Friars Walk development
I'll start the ball rolling with 2050...
Was the council quote meant to imply that the discovery will be unearthed, noted but then destroyed so as to get on with the job? Someone once said that people with no appreciation of history were incapable of leaving a legacy. It could be interesting to speculate on the date when someone discovers the remains of the Friars Walk development I'll start the ball rolling with 2050... Radio Wales
  • Score: -10

6:17pm Fri 7 Mar 14

keithbob says...

Radio Wales wrote:
Was the council quote meant to imply that the discovery will be unearthed, noted but then destroyed so as to get on with the job?
Someone once said that people with no appreciation of history were incapable of leaving a legacy.
It could be interesting to speculate on the date when someone discovers the remains of the Friars Walk development
I'll start the ball rolling with 2050...
no,thats when friars walk will be finished!
[quote][p][bold]Radio Wales[/bold] wrote: Was the council quote meant to imply that the discovery will be unearthed, noted but then destroyed so as to get on with the job? Someone once said that people with no appreciation of history were incapable of leaving a legacy. It could be interesting to speculate on the date when someone discovers the remains of the Friars Walk development I'll start the ball rolling with 2050...[/p][/quote]no,thats when friars walk will be finished! keithbob
  • Score: 2

6:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

newporteast says...

Have a look to see if you can see any of our local politicians, we have not seen them for four years
Have a look to see if you can see any of our local politicians, we have not seen them for four years newporteast
  • Score: 1

8:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bravoscar says...

Wonder wether Newport was any good in medieval times?
Couldn't have been any worse!
Wonder wether Newport was any good in medieval times? Couldn't have been any worse! bravoscar
  • Score: 4

9:09pm Fri 7 Mar 14

foxy3rd says...

newporteast wrote:
Have a look to see if you can see any of our local politicians, we have not seen them for four years
I haven't seen ours either, but our east-side MP rarely misses a photo opportunity. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]newporteast[/bold] wrote: Have a look to see if you can see any of our local politicians, we have not seen them for four years[/p][/quote]I haven't seen ours either, but our east-side MP rarely misses a photo opportunity. ;-) foxy3rd
  • Score: 5

12:40am Sat 8 Mar 14

eezageeza says...

The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century.

That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860.

Looks like nothing;'s changed, re historic buildings and newport council then
The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century. That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860. Looks like nothing;'s changed, re historic buildings and newport council then eezageeza
  • Score: 1

10:35am Sat 8 Mar 14

newportrules says...

eezageeza wrote:
The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century.

That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860.

Looks like nothing;'s changed, re historic buildings and newport council then
Yes...because of course no other local council has done the same in far more spectacular style in the past...yawn!
[quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century. That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860. Looks like nothing;'s changed, re historic buildings and newport council then[/p][/quote]Yes...because of course no other local council has done the same in far more spectacular style in the past...yawn! newportrules
  • Score: 5

12:12pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Watery Bob says...

I wonder if rent-a-mob will turn up and try and stop progress?
I wonder if rent-a-mob will turn up and try and stop progress? Watery Bob
  • Score: 6

9:02pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Port0214 says...

I always thought the clown council started destroying buildings of historical and architectural importance in the 1960's, now it seems they were at it a century earlier.
I always thought the clown council started destroying buildings of historical and architectural importance in the 1960's, now it seems they were at it a century earlier. Port0214
  • Score: -5

4:47am Mon 10 Mar 14

eezageeza says...

newportrules wrote:
eezageeza wrote: The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century. That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860. Looks like nothing;'s changed, re historic buildings and newport council then
Yes...because of course no other local council has done the same in far more spectacular style in the past...yawn!
You seem to be yawning quite a bit in your posts,perhaps you should get to bed earlier...just a suggestion :D
[quote][p][bold]newportrules[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century. That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860. Looks like nothing;'s changed, re historic buildings and newport council then[/p][/quote]Yes...because of course no other local council has done the same in far more spectacular style in the past...yawn![/p][/quote]You seem to be yawning quite a bit in your posts,perhaps you should get to bed earlier...just a suggestion :D eezageeza
  • Score: -4

4:58am Mon 10 Mar 14

eezageeza says...

Port0214 wrote:
I always thought the clown council started destroying buildings of historical and architectural importance in the 1960's, now it seems they were at it a century earlier.
nope this lot have never seen the long term benefit of keeping a good old historic take on things,just look at what they have done to the old indoor market ....my god these people are the sort to put upvc double glazing into a victorian town house but then again you only get what you vote for and to be honest theres not a lot to vote for in this town....anybody fancy setting up some independents for all the boroughs next elections I'm in if anybody wants to have a go at a newport for Newport party,it's ok we will respect our heritage :D
[quote][p][bold]Port0214[/bold] wrote: I always thought the clown council started destroying buildings of historical and architectural importance in the 1960's, now it seems they were at it a century earlier.[/p][/quote]nope this lot have never seen the long term benefit of keeping a good old historic take on things,just look at what they have done to the old indoor market ....my god these people are the sort to put upvc double glazing into a victorian town house but then again you only get what you vote for and to be honest theres not a lot to vote for in this town....anybody fancy setting up some independents for all the boroughs next elections I'm in if anybody wants to have a go at a newport for Newport party,it's ok we will respect our heritage :D eezageeza
  • Score: -2

8:58am Mon 10 Mar 14

fieldsof fields says...

"The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century.

That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860."

There we are, then. Ineptitude goes back a long way.
"The friary was surrendered to the agent of Henry VIII in 1538, but the building itself survived into the 19th century. That was until the former Newport Corporation demolished it in 1860." There we are, then. Ineptitude goes back a long way. fieldsof fields
  • Score: -5

4:18pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Limestonecowboy says...

eezageeza wrote:
Port0214 wrote: I always thought the clown council started destroying buildings of historical and architectural importance in the 1960's, now it seems they were at it a century earlier.
nope this lot have never seen the long term benefit of keeping a good old historic take on things,just look at what they have done to the old indoor market ....my god these people are the sort to put upvc double glazing into a victorian town house but then again you only get what you vote for and to be honest theres not a lot to vote for in this town....anybody fancy setting up some independents for all the boroughs next elections I'm in if anybody wants to have a go at a newport for Newport party,it's ok we will respect our heritage :D
You'll find most historic buildings remain undeveloped & fall into worsening disrepair because of planning restriction.
[quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Port0214[/bold] wrote: I always thought the clown council started destroying buildings of historical and architectural importance in the 1960's, now it seems they were at it a century earlier.[/p][/quote]nope this lot have never seen the long term benefit of keeping a good old historic take on things,just look at what they have done to the old indoor market ....my god these people are the sort to put upvc double glazing into a victorian town house but then again you only get what you vote for and to be honest theres not a lot to vote for in this town....anybody fancy setting up some independents for all the boroughs next elections I'm in if anybody wants to have a go at a newport for Newport party,it's ok we will respect our heritage :D[/p][/quote]You'll find most historic buildings remain undeveloped & fall into worsening disrepair because of planning restriction. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: -1

10:37pm Sat 29 Mar 14

JanJenkins says...

It's called Friars walk for a very good reason,
It's called Friars walk for a very good reason, JanJenkins
  • Score: 0

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