Newport

Overview

Newport Character Area (view detailed map) lies along the former Roman road, Ermine Street, running directly north of the former Roman and Medieval walled cities. The townscape is strongly influenced by the former Roman and Medieval townscapes, in particular the medieval suburb of Newport. Farmhouses, cottages and field boundaries associated with the area’s former agricultural use during and prior to the Early Industrial period also survive in the Character Area.

Newport is a straight road with frequent smaller streets and cul-de-sacs running broadly perpendicularly off it, resulting in a grid pattern of streets. The road carries high volumes of traffic and properties along its length fulfil a wide variety of functions resulting in a strong sense of vitality throughout much of the daytime and evening. Properties along Newport, including those located on corners, face the street, recognising the significant role of the road.

The area has an incoherent and complex townscape, characterised by a wide variety of buildings of differing uses, deriving from a complex development of a High Medieval suburb to the Modern day. Buildings date from the Early Modern Period to the Modern period. There is a changing density of buildings, which are built in varying sizes within mostly narrow rectangular plots perpendicular to the carriageway, leading to a varied building line along Newport. Properties consist of detached and semi-detached buildings, and short rows of terraced houses. In general terms, large detached buildings located towards the centre or rear of plots whereas the majority of small-scale properties located at the back of the footway. The public/private boundaries of houses are defined in a wide variety of materials and changing heights along the road, adding to the changing character of the townscape either side of Newport.

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Row of terraced properties along the west side of Newport composed of several build units, illustrating the plot-by-plot development of the Character Area

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.24009, -0.53818)
Character Area Type: Mixed use
Location: Inner city
Predominant Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Secondary Period: Early Industrial (1750 to 1845 AD)
Average Building Type: Mixed
Average Building Density: Medium