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Newport is one of Shropshire's picturesque market towns, located 10 miles from Telford on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border between two streams, River Meece and the Strine Brook, both tributaries of the River Tern.

Newport's position between Chester and London meant it became an important coaching town.

The town itself dates back to the twelfth century at the time of Henry I and its main feature is its distinctively wide main street. Many of the original buildings burned down in the great fire of 1665. £30,000 of damage was caused by the fire and 166 family's lost their homes. Whilst few of the medieval buildings remain, many of the towns dwellings have 18th century frontages in the Regency and Georgian styles.

The red sandstone Norman parish church of St Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen, was founded during the time of Henry I and is affiliated to a church in Edgmond. Restoration work to the church was undertaken in 1890 to restore it to its current condition.

Today, visitors to the town can enjoy a selection of fine restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as a variety of accommodation, the historic buildings and the old market cross.

Newport has a few famous connections, firstly Thomas Brown (1663 - 1704), the irreverent satirist is thought to have been born in Newport and was educated at Adams Grammar school, founded in 1665.

Also Charles Dickens stayed in the Bear Hotel and modeled Miss Haversham in his novel 'Great Expectations' (1861) on Elizabeth Parker, a recluse who lived at Chetwynd House in the town.

Nearby in Tong you'll also find the grave of Little Nell.

Four miles south of Newport are the ruins of Lilleshall Abbey, founded in 1145 under a charter from King Stephen. Today the Abbey is a romantic looking ruin, ideal for picnics or short walks.

For more information about Newport contact Telford Visitor Information Centre.

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