The King’s Head Hotel is ideal for Newport museum

South Wales Argus: The King’s Head Hotel, Newport The King’s Head Hotel, Newport

I AGREE with Andrew Willie, the King’s Head (aka Kings) Hotel, Newport, would be an ideal site for a museum. The hotel site (early Victorian) was probably built on the site of a medieval hostelry.

At £1.5 million it would be a good investment for the city to consider purchasing. It would probably take several millions to convert into a museum and art gallery. This conversion would probably be sufficient for the exhibition of Newport museum’s current collection.

However, I would suggest that some buildings adjacent to the hotel (in Dock Street) be demolished – they are an eyesore – and replaced by a small, modern office block, whereas the ancient pubs in Market Square should be renovated and preserved.

I would suggest that the Newport Indoor Market should be converted into an annex for the museum and used to store, say, the ‘Newport Ship’ and other marine artefacts.

In my opinion, Newport Indoor Market is unsustainable. A museum would attract far more business to the city centre than the indoor market.

Brian Hayes Clearwell Court Newport

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12:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Vox Dei says...

Cut the dose Brian!
Cut the dose Brian! Vox Dei
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1:36pm Thu 16 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

I'm not too sure about this idea, particularly where it concerns the indoor market. The financial cost alone would be prohibitive.

However, it is good that the suggestion has been made. The more ideas for positive improvement there are, the more chance of one of them actually proving workable and being picked up on.
I'm not too sure about this idea, particularly where it concerns the indoor market. The financial cost alone would be prohibitive. However, it is good that the suggestion has been made. The more ideas for positive improvement there are, the more chance of one of them actually proving workable and being picked up on. _Bryan_
  • Score: 1

11:50am Fri 17 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

Welsh Open snooker tournament is to leave Newport Centre probably for Cardiff. It is understandable. Newport cannot provide the standard of facilities needed nor will it draw the big crowds
Welsh Open snooker tournament is to leave Newport Centre probably for Cardiff. It is understandable. Newport cannot provide the standard of facilities needed nor will it draw the big crowds Bobevans
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2:50pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

Yes but?
On the condition we buy it and move the information station to it and the council stop wasting money on publicly needed amenities like an old station that railway new was in a state of decay and was not fit fot purpose.
Yes but? On the condition we buy it and move the information station to it and the council stop wasting money on publicly needed amenities like an old station that railway new was in a state of decay and was not fit fot purpose. Thinking heads
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3:15pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

Yes but?
On the condition we buy it and move the information station to it and the council stop wasting money on leasing at inflated price better own. publicly needed amenities . not an old station?
That the railway new was in a state of decay and was not fit fot purpose.
Yes but? On the condition we buy it and move the information station to it and the council stop wasting money on leasing at inflated price better own. publicly needed amenities . not an old station? That the railway new was in a state of decay and was not fit fot purpose. Thinking heads
  • Score: 1

9:22pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Port0214 says...

Whatever happens needs to happen fast, that whoop of idiots up the civic have a lot of previous when it comes to knocking down irreplaceable buildings.
Whatever happens needs to happen fast, that whoop of idiots up the civic have a lot of previous when it comes to knocking down irreplaceable buildings. Port0214
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