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The original Newport Castle was a small motte-and-bailey castle in the park opposite Newport Cathedral.
It was buried in rubble excavated from the Hillfield railway tunnels that were dug under Stow Hill in the 1840s and no part of it is currently visible.
As the Industrial Revolution took off in Britain in the 19th century, the South Wales Valleys became key suppliers of coal from the South Wales Coalfield, and iron.
These were transported down local rivers and the new canals to ports such as Newport, and Newport Docks grew rapidly as a result.
It is located on the River Usk close to its confluence with the Severn Estuary, approximately 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Cardiff.
At the 2011 census it is the third largest city in Wales, with a city population of 145,700 and an urban population of 306,844.
During the Welsh Revolt in 1402 Rhys Gethin, General for Owain Glyndŵr, forcibly took Newport Castle together with those at Cardiff, Llandaff, Abergavenny, Caerphilly, Caerleon and Usk.
A cannonball dug up from a garden in nearby Summerhill Avenue, dating from this time, now rests in Newport Museum.
The city forms part of the Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area with a population of 1,097,000.
Newport has been a port since medieval times, when the first Newport Castle was built by the Normans.
Shipbuilding and pottery were important industries in Newport during the 19th century but these gave way to manufacturing industries in the 20th century.
Newport offers shopping centres and arcades (including a pedestrianised city centre), museums, a theatre and arts centre (Riverside Arts Centre), restaurants, pubs, clubs and nightclubs (including live music venues), parks and playing fields as well as sport and leisure facilities – golf (Celtic Manor is nearby), cycling (including the Wales National Velodrome), baseball (Newport is one of only three cities in the UK where baseball is still played), clay pigeon shooting (excellent facilities at Treetops Shooting Ground), football (Newport County and other teams) and rugby (Newport RFC, Newport Gwent Dragons) feature prominently in the city.
Ye Olde Murenger House Pub © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales Evidence of a Celtic settlement dating back over 2000 years has been found and evidence of Norman occupation still exists.