Newport (Isle of Wight)
Newport is a bustling town on the Isle of Wight, 4 miles from Cowes.
It is situated in the middle of the island, and has long been its capital and main shopping centre.
The 19th century St. Thomas the Apostle Church stands in the main square, and contains a carved Jacobean pulpit from the earlier church. There is also a memorial to Princess Elizabeth, second daughter of Charles I.
Chantry House was built in 1612 and Hazard`s House in 1684.
The Town Hall and the Guildhall were both designed by John Nash in the 1810s.
Quay Street has a fine collection of Georgian houses, and leads to harbour by the head of the estuary of the River Medina.
There is a Roman villa in Avondale Road.
Newport was sacked by the French in 1377. Among the town`s Members of Parliament were the Duke of Wellington, Lord Palmerston and George Canning.
The actor Marius Goring was born in Newport.