Newport and Pillgwenlly Waterworks Company Records

Scope and Content

Records relating to Newport and Pillgwenlly Waterworks Company, 1809-1966.

Administrative / Biographical History

Newport and Pillgwenlly Waterworks Company was established by Act of Parliament in Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1846 in order to improve the supply and quality of water in the town. The company built several reservoirs and their related infrastructure. The Ynis-y-Fro Reservoir and Stow Hill service reservoir were completed in 1848, Pantyreos High Level Reservoir in 1878 and a second Ynis-y-Fro Reservoir in 1884. The limits of the Company's supply were increased in stages and by 1881 included Newport, Pillgwenlly, St Woolos, Malpas, Christchurch, Caerleon, Rogerstone and Bassaleg. By the late 19th century Newport Corporation took a greater interest in water supply provision and it took over the Company in 1888.


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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Newport and Pillgwenlly Waterworks Company, C19, catalogue; Warner, John, Local government in Newport 1835-1935 (Newport, 1935); Davis, Haydn, The History of the Borough of Newport: from swamp to super-town (Newport, 1998); National Register of Archives website (, viewed 29 September 2005.

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Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office.

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