Kelly’s Trade Directory

Newbridge entry 1901

Trade directories first appeared towards the end of the 18th century and were published by a number of companies such as John’s, Pigot’s and the one which has survived to the present day, Kelly’s. The first Kelly’s Directory was devoted to London and appeared in 1799.

In later years the company’s publications gradually extended to cover the whole of Great Britain, county by county, with extra editions devoted to major towns, providing not only a description of each location and its major historical events, architectural features, agriculture and geology, but also a list of the ‘Commercial Residents’. This situation continued until the end of the 19th century when the category of ‘Private Resident’ (i.e. ‘Rich’) was introduced listing those of private means who were presumably regarded as potential sources of revenue for the tradesmen!

It is the 1901 edition for Monmouthshire that is quoted here, which lists all the Private Residents, Professionals, Clergy and Trades people including farmers. It was the free telephone directories which brought about the end of the old style Kelly’s Trade Directories. However the company is still in existence – using 200 years of expertise to make telephone directories for the telecom companies!   

NEWBRIDGE is a village on the river Ebwy, in the ecclesiastical parish of Penmain, with a station on the Western Valleys section of the Great Western railway, 170 miles from London and 11 north-west from Newport.St. Paul’s iron church, erected in 1889 at a cost of £350, by the Rev. Matthew Weston Moggridge, Of Woodfield Park, has sittings for 280 persons.  

There are also English and Welsh Baptist, Congregational, Wesleyan and Independent chapels. The Public Hall, erected in 1896 at a cost of £1,100, will hold 1,000 persons, and has an attached reading and recreation room. Post, M. O. & T. O., T. M. O., Express Delivery, Parcel Post, S. B. &  Annuity & Insurance Office. William Price, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Newport at 5.25 & 9.30 a.m. & 3.55 p.m. & dispatched at 12.5, 2.40 & 7.55 p.m. Wall Letter Box cleared at 11.20 a.m.. & 7.20 p.m Police Station, Constables William Jones & Enoch Parry Board School,. erected in 1875 & enlarged in 1882, at a total cost Of £3,000,for 482 children; average attendance, 140 boys, 120 girls & 150 infants; George William Stocker, master; Miss Mary Davies, mistress; Miss Elizabeth Bowen, infants’ mistress.

Board School (mixed), Tynewydd, erected in 1896 at a cost of £4,000, for 550 children ;average attendance, 260 boys & girls & 200 infants; Alfred Conway Bowen, master;Miss Phoebe Ann Jones, infants’ mistress Railway Station, John Evans, station master.



Bowen Alfred, Holly terrace

Davies David, Hollybush house

Davies William Henry, J.P., Penner House

Edwards Rev. John (Welsh Baptist), Maesgwyn house

Edwards Thomas Stephen, Holmeleigh

George Rev. Morgan (Presbyterian), Pant farm

Gower Rev. David, Penmain vicarage

Griffiths James, High view villas

Harvey James, Beech house

James Mrs. Hollybush house

Jenkins Mrs. Bryn Gwyn house

Jones Harry, Dolgwyddfa

Jones Rev. John M. (Baptist)

Knight George, Glan-y-dwr

Phillips Evan

Raffan Peter Wilson, Glan-y-dwr

Richards Thomas, Glanyravon

Thomas Rev. Rowland William, Glencarn house

Wallace John Macartney, Ty celyn

Wild James

Williams Ellis, Bank house




Abbott Charles, shopkeeper

Badge James Charles, school attendance officer

Bailey John, insurance agent, Tyllwyd

Bater Richard, refreshment rooms

Celynen Workmen’s Institute (Matthew Henry Badge, sec)

Coombes Tom, fruiterer

Davies Daniel, farmer, Twyn Coll farm

Davies David, stationer

Davies William Henry L.R.C.P.(Lond.), M.R.C.S.(Eng.), surgeon, Penner House

Edmunds Thomas, farmer

Edwards James, farmer, Pantyscawan

Edwards Thos. farmer, Pen-Craig-Penner

Edwards Thomas, grocer

Edwards Thomas Stephen, solicitor, Homleigh; & at Stow hill, Newport

Farr Edward, blacksmith &wheelwright

Flower & Co. butchers

Fox William, boot maker

Fox William Jonas, furniture dealer & general merchant

Fox Mary (Mrs.), boot maker

Foxon Welter, hairdresser, Victoria terrace

Francis Edmund, farmer

George Thomas Edmund, auctioneer, Waun-y-goff

Grady John, Beaufort Arms p.H

Griffiths James, contractor, High View Villas

Heard Tom, butcher, High street

Hoddenott George, farmer

Hopkins Evan, colliery proprietor

Hopkins John, miller (water)

Hughes Morgan, tailor

Humphreys Edward, greengrocer, High st

James John, beer retailer

Jones & Morgan, grocers, Beaufort house

Jones David, farmer, Twyn college

Jones Evan Gwynfe, draper, High st

Jones George, draper, Golden grove

Jones George, grocer & draper

Jones Harry, solicitor, Dolgwyddfa

Jones Mary (Mrs.), grocer, Golden Grove

Jones Mary Harris (Miss), shopkeeper, Victoria terrace

Knight & Sons, butchers

Lewis Edward, farmer, Ty pwll

Lewis Roger, Newbridge hotel

Lewis Thomas, shopkeeper

LloydsBank Lim. (sub branch) (open tues. 12.30 to 2.30)

McKay David B., travelling draper, Greenfield

Marsh Rachel (Mrs.), Red Lion P.H.

Matthews Evan Rees, insurance agent, High street

Mear Daniel, hair dresser & farmer, Pentwyn isha

Miller Benjamin M., watch maker

Morgan Charles, builder

Morgan Joseph, grocer

Moss John, insurance agent, Holly terrace

Newbridge Public Hall (Joseph Woolley, caretaker)

Newbridge John, lockeeper, Lock house

Parker Wm. farmer, Blaen-y-gwawrio

Phillips & Co. grocers

Price Brothers, grocers

Price William, shopkeeper, Post office

Pritchard Isaac, shopkeeper

Rees Edward, bootmaker, Main street

Rees Rees, shopkeeper

Renowker Alfred Ernest, bootmaker, Hill street

Richards Andrew, farmer, Pant

Richards Thomas M.R.C.S.Eng., L.R.C.P.Lond., surgeon, Glanyravon

Roskin Harry, pawnbroker & boot dlr. Victoria terrace

Sheddick Frank, baker, Tynewydd terrace

Smith Walter Jn., refreshment rooms, Victoria terrace.

Thomas Brothers, farmers, Penner

Thomas & Co. butchers

Thomas Daniel Lewis, draper

Thomas Lewis, auctioneer, Beehive House

Twyn Gwyn Colliery Co. Lim. (Thomas Walters, manager)

Volunteer Battalion (3rd) South Wales Borderers (E Co. Capt., E. J. Morris)

Waite James, painter & paperhanger

Wild James L.R.C.P.(Irel.), L.F.P. & S. & L.M.(Glas.), physician & surgeon

Williams Benj. farmer, Cadlonwydd

Williams Daniel, farmer, Pentre-Mawr

Williams David, contractor, Holly terrace

Williams Ellis, builder & contractor

Williams Morris, insurance agent, Tynewydd terrace

Williams William contractor, Holly terrace

Williams William, farmer, Twyn gwyn

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