OLD WEST GATE OF NEWPORT
"Handbook of the Geography and History of Monmouthshire."
by A. Morris, Headmaster Bolt Street Board Schools, Newport.
Published by A.W. Dawson Ltd., Newport, 1901
predates the very similar one in James Matthews' Historic Newport
published 1910 (a sketch by Ivor Johns). Unfortunately neither of these
books acknowledge their source. The West Gate was demolished at the
end of the 1700s having stood for 450 years. It was originally used
for the collection of custom duty and in later years as a prison or
'lock-up'. There is no evidence of it being part of a wall surrounding
the town, rather that it stood alone straddling the road at the foot
of Stow Hill.
above illustration would appear to be a copy of the picture below, which was inset in a large view of the 'New' Westgate Hotel 1886. If you
know of an earlier version of this please contact us.