The Handpost
Risca Road, Newport, NP20 4HX.  01633 264502


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The Handpost Hotel was originally built in the early 1800s as a lodge. The lodge was used by post-men travelling from the Welsh valleys to Newport docks.

Sometime between 1885 and 1911,
Cemetery Road was re-named Bassalleg Road and the Handpost was re-built.

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From the 1840s onwards, the expansion of the railways meant that horses were used less and less for transporting mail across the country.

  During the early 1900s The Handpost was re-built (almost as it is today).  The introduction of trams around the town took away the need for horse drawn post-men, and the Handpost became a pub.



  Some accommodation was still offered during the early 1900s but this soon faded.

  By the 1930s motor vehicles dominated the trade.  As we can see in this 1955 picture, the tram lines had been replaced by roads and the water trough replaced by bollards.



During this time, Stow Park Service Station was built. to accommodate the increase in traffic.

The Service Station remained until the early 1980s when it was demolished and replaced by a purpose built block of flats.
From the 1950s until 2001, The Handpost was owned by Ansells and managed by a number of landlords. In 2005 The Handpost was transferred to Punch Retail and became a leased house.

By the end of 2006, Carol and Winston Chapman bought the lease and  rejuvenated the rear of the pub, demolishing the old public toilets and creating a large beer garden.




Granddaughter Jodie and partner Ryan are  now running the pub, which is currently undergoing  external refurbishment.

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