Preserve friary

First published in Letters

TO NEWPORT Council and the developers of the shopping centre in Newport.

Would it be possible to cover over the medieval friary remains with a transparent thick Perspex or similar material, so it would still be seen under the new complex or its position outlined on the new floor in some way? As I understand “the remains are not significant enough to be preserved” and are to be recovered.

Newportians are keen to keep their history as was shown by the Chartist Mural incident. So, please show some kindness to Newport’s past (as this idea would not delay the new development and be a talking point).

Mrs Dawn Thomas Newport

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12:00pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Gun her says...

A good idea
A good idea Gun her
  • Score: 2

12:32pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

Not. The Old Newport Corporations zeroed the whole site leaving just a few wall bases, ye olde corporation removed near everything Newport had resembling History in the pursuit of coal and steel profits, look at the 'castle', the Westgate, the Chartists, and railway/canals histories... The two bridges (rail/Car), over the USK took out 90% of Newport's History and replaced it with fences to keep druggies out, and concrete to keep cars on the move. The Ship ? will be sunk without trace again.... Even recent 'history' via the tiled underpass were ruthlessly chopped up. Other areas preserve what they can, Newport has always hated anything historical.
Not. The Old Newport Corporations zeroed the whole site leaving just a few wall bases, ye olde corporation removed near everything Newport had resembling History in the pursuit of coal and steel profits, look at the 'castle', the Westgate, the Chartists, and railway/canals histories... The two bridges (rail/Car), over the USK took out 90% of Newport's History and replaced it with fences to keep druggies out, and concrete to keep cars on the move. The Ship ? will be sunk without trace again.... Even recent 'history' via the tiled underpass were ruthlessly chopped up. Other areas preserve what they can, Newport has always hated anything historical. Mervyn James
  • Score: -4

1:21pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Gun her says...

Mervyn if there is just a little bit left , it would be good to preserve it. I have seen Romans remains in London covered by a Perspex cover.
Mervyn if there is just a little bit left , it would be good to preserve it. I have seen Romans remains in London covered by a Perspex cover. Gun her
  • Score: 2

10:09am Mon 24 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

We saw this mooted with the riverside building, they were going to house the ship underneath the theatre, it never took place. Considering Newport has known about he Friary since if flattened it all, there doesn't seem to be any drive now to preserve what is left and its site situation puts in the middle of a building project, so it isn't viable I gather. I have to say the museum doesn't seem to have got much interest over it.
We saw this mooted with the riverside building, they were going to house the ship underneath the theatre, it never took place. Considering Newport has known about he Friary since if flattened it all, there doesn't seem to be any drive now to preserve what is left and its site situation puts in the middle of a building project, so it isn't viable I gather. I have to say the museum doesn't seem to have got much interest over it. Mervyn James
  • Score: -4

3:38pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Walter Devereux says...

There is no drive to preserve what is left because there IS nothing left. Who wants a perspex floor in a car park anyway? Suggesting a redesign of the scheme now work is finally under way is utter folly.
There is no drive to preserve what is left because there IS nothing left. Who wants a perspex floor in a car park anyway? Suggesting a redesign of the scheme now work is finally under way is utter folly. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 1

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