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) is a cathedral and university city and unitary authority area in south east Wales.It is located on the River Usk close to its confluence with the Severn Estuary, approximately 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Cardiff.The church was certainly in existence by the 9th century and today has become Newport Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of Monmouth.The Normans arrived from around 1088–1093 to build the first Newport Castle and river crossing downstream from Caerleon and the first Norman Lord of Newport was Robert Fitzhamon.John Frost was sentenced to death for treason, but this was later commuted to transportation to Australia.He returned to Britain (but not to Newport) later in his life.A cannonball dug up from a garden in nearby Summerhill Avenue, dating from this time, now rests in Newport Museum.
A third charter, establishing the right of the town to run its own market and commerce came from Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham in 1426.The settlement of 'Newport' is first mentioned as novo burgus established by Robert, Earl of Gloucester in 1126.) means 'New castle-on-Usk' (this is a shortened version of Castell Newydd ar Wysg) and this refers to the twelfth-century castle ruins near Newport city centre.The original Newport Castle was a small motte-and-bailey castle in the park opposite Newport Cathedral.In the 19th century, the St George Society of Newport (a group largely consisting of English settlers and businessmen) asserted that the town was part of England.
It was at a meeting in Newport, attended by future Prime Minister David Lloyd George, that the Cymru Fydd movement received its death blow in 1896 when politician Robert Bird stated “You will find, from Swansea to Newport, a cosmopolitan population who will not submit to the domination of Welsh ideas! In 1922 Lloyd George was to suffer a further blow in Newport, when the South Wales Liberal Federation, led by David Alfred Thomas, an industrialist and Liberal politician, and Robert Bird moved that Lloyd George "be not heard" in the 1895 General Election.
By 1521, Newport was described as having "....a good haven coming into it, well occupied with small crays [merchant ships] where a very great ship may resort and have good harbour." Trade was thriving with the nearby ports of Bristol and Bridgwater and industries included leather tanning, soap making and starch making.