Newport, NP20 4HX.
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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.
between 1885 and 1911,
Cemetery Road was re-named Bassalleg Road and the Handpost was
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1840s onwards, the expansion of the railways meant that horses
were used less and less for transporting mail across the
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
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see in this 1955 picture, the tram lines had been replaced by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.
this time, Stow Park Service Station was built. to accommodate
the increase in traffic.
Service Station remained until the early 1980s when it was
demolished and replaced by a purpose built block of flats.
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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