Commercial Street and Commercial Road were created in 1810 across open pasture land, which had to be raised several feet using ship ballast so that it no longer flooded at the high Spring tides.

This was part of a plan by Charles Morgan, 1st Baron Tredegar to increase Newport’s importance and develop his land; in 1807 he had granted a lease on 200 acres of land to allow the Tredegar Wharf Company to create the new mile-long road.

The new road led approximately south-southeast from the junction with High Street (and Westgate Hotel), linking the town centre with Pillgwenlly and the early Newport Docks.

 

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