The land was originally inhabited by Bronze Age fishermen, followed by Celtic tribes, and then followed by the Romans. A Norman castle was built here in 1140, and Newport officially became a town in 1314.
Today, the city is known for its downtown area, historic buildings, riverfront, university, cathedral, and mechanical and engineering industries.
People Born in Newport
Newport in People's Lives
Ian Watkins: I attended the University of Wales, Newport here beginning in 1995, at the age of 18. Intelligent and a devoted student, I graduated at the top of my class with honors in 1999, with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. While in college, I also pursued my love of music and singing, and often attended concerts. My friend and I founded a band called Public Disturbance in 1995, but it did not last long. We began the band Lostprophets, which was to be my rock success, in 1997, and my path to fame and stardom began.