Market Arcade


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Newport City Council has secured funding to restore the Victorian Grade II listed Market Arcade in the city centre.

The HLF Townscape Heritage Funding will enable architectural details to be restored, reconnecting owners, traders and visitors to the role of the Market Arcade in the growth of Newport.

The Market Arcade project will promote and celebrate the awareness of Newport’s rich heritage

The project also aims to establish Market Arcade as an attractive commercial proposition in the city.

High Street characterisation study

Please share your comments on a study of the character of the High Street area of the city centre which has been prepared as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Townscape project.  

View the Draft High Street Character Area Characterisation Study (pdf)

The study looks at how the history of a place has shaped today’s street scene and architecture and tells the story of how Newport and the High Street area developed from medieval times to the present day.  

The study is part of work being carried out as part of the preparation for the final bid. 

Please email comments to by Friday 6 October 2017. 

Historic significance 

Originally known as Fennell's Arcade, the arcade was built in 1869, linking the newly built railway station (1850), Post Office (1844) and Provisions Market (1862).

The arcade was well-used for over a century, affectionately remembered as an ‘arcade of flowers’, until shopping habits changed and Newport's retail centre shifted, particularly with the development of the Kingsway Centre in 1968.

A 'Memories of Market Arcade' event took place 29 June - 1 July 2017 where people were invited to share their memories and photographs, memorabilia or documents relating to Market Arcade.

If you have stories or photographs you are willing to share please get in touch, your memories will add to the rich history of Market Arcade and may give a glimpse of architectural detail that has long since been lost.


Restoration proposals will be available for comment later this year and subject to a successful Delivery Stage application in January 2018, work is anticipated to take place from April 2018 – March 2020.


If you would like to assist the project please contact the Townscape Heritage Project Manager on (01633) 233599 or email  


If you would like to assist the project please contact the Townscape Heritage Project Manager on (01633) 233599 or email  

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