Share your memories of Market Arcade

Posted on Friday 16th June 2017

Newport City Council is appealing for help from the public as part of a project to restore a historic city centre arcade.

In January, its bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Townscape Heritage scheme for Market Arcade was successful.

Funding of £177,300 was awarded towards the development of a project that could secure more than £1 million for a comprehensive regeneration project.

As part of that initial work, a memories event is being held in Newport Market from 29 June to 1 July.

People are being asked to take along any photographs, memorabilia or documents but also to share their recollections of the arcade which runs between High Street and Market Street.

The event will be held near the entrance in Upper Dock Street (by the Market Square bus station) from 9am to 4pm.

Councillor Jane Mudd, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, said: "While it would be fantastic if people have old photos or other tangible evidence of the arcade's history, we also want people to bring us stories about the businesses and the people who worked there.

"All this will help towards the plans for the restoration of the arcade to its former glory benefitting not only the present day owners and tenants but also the continuing regeneration of the city centre."

In the 19th century, the Market Arcade played an important part in the growth of the town centre. Originally called Fennell's Arcade, it was created in 1869 as a key pedestrian route between the railway station and the then new provisions market.

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