LAST week we featured a picture of The Transporter Bridge, Newport, from “The Way We Were” in Newport by Terry Underwood.

THIS is Newport’s iconic Transporter Bridge built to get Pill workers across to the east side of the river to the new steel works.

It was built to the design of French architect Ferdinand Arnodin.

The foundation stone was laid on November 8, 1902, and opened by Lord Tredegar on September 12, 1906.

The main span was built at nearly 250ft to allow the masts of tall sailing ships to pass underneath.

The Gondola can take six cars with foot passengers in the side balconies.

On high days and holidays the upper walkway is open to the young and fit to climb the several hundred steps to the top.

At one time there was a workman’s toilet on the upper gantry, it comprised of a doorless wooden hut, the seat was a plank with a hole in it, the ‘waste’ went straight down into the river - sailors beware.

Dave Woolven Newport

THE Now and Then is of the Transporter Bridge.

Many times I went across it going and coming home when I worked at a clothing factory called W.W.

Also you could see Coronation Park, Newport, and Newport Docks were near by.

Also there is a West of England pub, the Watch House Parade and I think there is a dog rescue home there now.

Also Brunel Street is in the area.

M Reardon Newport