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Gwent Archives
Newport Dock Company, records

Reference code(s): GB 0218 D4039

Held at: Gwent Archives

Title: Records of Newport Dock Company, 1840-1883, 1928-1944

Short Title: Newport Dock Company, records

Creation date(s): 1840-1944

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Newport Dock Company; Alexandra (Newport) Dock Company; Great Western Railway, Docks Department


Administrative/Biographical history: The Newport Dock Bill received assent in 1835 to develop an inland port. The Newport Dock Company was the forerunner of the Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway Company. By 1864, the docks were becoming congested with the increase in water and inland traffic. In 1865, the first Lord Tredegar, Sir Charles Morgan Robinson Morgan, Baronet (1792-1873), formed the Alexandra Dock Company. The North Dock and Lock was opened in 1875. Following an Act of Parliament of 1882, the two dock companies, the Alexandra (Newport) Dock Company and the Newport Dock Company, were amalgamated to become the Alexandra (Newport & South Wales) Docks and Railway Company (ANDR). The new company took over the Old Town Docks in 1884. The company decided to construct a railway line connecting the docks to Pontypridd. The Pontypridd, Caerphilly & Newport Railway Company (PC&N) was incorporated in 1878, but not completed for many years. In 1922, the ANDR was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway Docks department, then became part of British Railways following Nationalisation in 1948.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Newport Dock Company and successors, 1840-1944, including legal records, 1840-1884; plans, 1928-1944; correspondence, 1931-1939.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Legal records; Plans; Correspondence.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Gwent Record Office and the National Library of Wales.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded


Related material: Further material is Gwent Record Office, D2464, D3145, D4173.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of Records of Newport Dock Company, 1840-1883, 1928-1944; Davis, Haydn, The history of the borough of Newport: from swamp to super-town (Newport, 1998); Hutton, John, The Newport Docks & Railway Company (Wadenhoe, 1996).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2004

Docks | Wales | Newport
Great Western Railway (Great Britain). | Docks Department | Archives
Newport Dock Company | Archives
Railways | Wales | Newport

Personal names

Corporate names
Alexandra (Newport) Dock Company
Great Western Railway (Great Britain) | Docks Department
Newport Dock Company

Newport (Wales)

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