DECORATORS involved in the restoration of Newport's Market Arcade have made an "amazing discovery".

A seven-figure restoration project on Market Arcade began last year.

Work includes the restoration of the shopfronts and refurbishment of the glazed canopy.

And the work has uncovered an inscription on the floor dating back to 1905.

Decorators discovered this inscription from 1905

Decorators discovered this inscription from 1905

While the arcade was built in 1869, it was given a makeover and expanded in 1905.

Newport City Council tweeted: "An amazing discovery at the Market Arcade. Our decorators have uncovered writing from 1905!

"What do you think the writing says?"


Around that time Market Arcade was known as Fennell's Arcade, and this photo, from the late 19th century or early 20th century shows why.


The restoration of Market Arcade has, in part, been funded by The National Lottery.

The National Lottery - through its Heritage Lottery Find arm - was sufficiently impressed with those restoration plans to, in 2018, award £1.1 million towards the cause and Cadw and the Welsh Government are also involved.