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

Scope and Content

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

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.


Arranged into the following: Legal records; Plans; Correspondence.

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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).

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

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

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