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Lock walls to mouth of Old Town Dock

A Grade II Listed Building in Pillgwenlly, Newport

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Latitude: 51.5754 / 51°34'31"N

Longitude: -2.9792 / 2°58'45"W

OS Eastings: 332236

OS Northings: 186734

OS Grid: ST322867

Mapcode National: GBR J6.CWX6

Mapcode Global: VH7BD.9NVP

Plus Code: 9C3VH2GC+58

Entry Name: Lock walls to mouth of Old Town Dock

Listing Date: 31 January 1997

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18179

Building Class: Maritime

Location: Located on the N bank of the river Usk on the Old Dock Reach, lying immediately to the S of the roundabout junction of the A4042 with Dock Parade.

County: Newport

Town: Newport

Community: Pillgwenlly (Pilgwenlli)

Community: Pillgwenlly

Built-Up Area: Newport

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Tagged with: Lock

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The Old Town Dock officially opened on the 15th October 1842, and closed in 1929, being infilled in 1932. Constructed to designs by John Rennie the younger (1794-1874), the nationally important engineer, by Dike and Meyrick of Bristol, for the Monmouthshire Canal Company. The dock entrance lock was only the third of its type to have been built in S Wales, and is the earliest dock entrance lock to survive.


Mid C19 dock lock revetment walls at mouth of former Old Town Dock. Approximately 170 metres in length by 22 metres wide. Constructed of massive blocks of Pennant sandstone ashlar with granite jamb stones at rebates for former dock gates, since removed. Evidence of twin dock gates. Some cast iron bollards survive to either side of dock wall, beneath modern infill material and vegetation.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II as an historically important fragment of the Old Town Dock, the oldest surviving example of a dock entrance lock in South Wales.

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