Newport High Street in 1838 by Henry Ziegler
We have Caroline Davies of Davies, White & Perry to thank for preserving a wonderful watercolour of Newport High Street painted in 1838. It is fortunate that, not long after the painting was completed, a local person identified several of the characters and trades shown. The view is looking northwards towards the church.
The painting is by Henry Bryan Ziegler (1798–1874). He was a British artist, known as a landscape and portrait painter. He studied under John Varley, honed his skills at the Royal Academy schools, and eventually became a Royal Academician. He made a reputation as drawing master to members of the royal family; Queen Adelaide took him under her wing, and his views of Windsor castle are in The Royal Collections. Having relatives in Ludlow, he did several illustrations of Ludlow Castle and Shropshire towns.
Let us look at some of the details:
Here you can compare the west side of the street with Then and Now images. From the left :
Part of The Old Bell Inn – you can still see today the bell shapes on the dormer windows.
Then No 27-31 All were demolished in 1845 to make way for a terrace of three properties Now Clarks and Nationwide.
Then a two bay property – Now Head Quarters.
Then a four bay property – Now Evenett & Bishop and Newport Pizza.
Then a two bay property – Now Happy Smiles and The Glasshouse.
Beyond this, the old Crown Inn – now Davies, White and Perry. The red animal on a portico or pole standing out further along, marks the Red Lion Inn, which eventually became Barclays Bank; even today it still has the large inn yard at the back.