In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Newport like this:
NEWPORT, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Saffron-Walden district, Essex. The village stands on the river Cam, the Eastern Counties railway, and the Roman road to Cambridge, 3 miles S S W of Saffron-Walden; was anciently called Newport-Pond, from a large pool at the S end of its street; had anciently a castle; had also an hospital, founded in the time of King John by Richard de Newport, and dedicated to St. Leonard; and has now a post-office‡ under Bishop-Stortford, a railway station, and fairs on Easter-Tuesday and 17 and 18 Nov. ...
The parish comprises 1, 714 acres. Real property, £3, 712. Pop., 886. Houses, 198. The property is divided chiefly among three. The manor belonged, in the time of Edward the Confessor, to Earl Harold; and, with Shortgrove House, belongs now to W.Smith, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £260.* Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church stands in the highest part of the village; is later English; consists of nave, aisles, transepts, and chancel, with lofty turretted tower; and has been thoroughly restored. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, an endowed grammar-school with £290 a year, and charities £53.The sub-district contains also eight other parishes. Acres, 18, 696. Pop., 5,040. Houses, 1, 111.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Newport has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Uttlesford. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Newport and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Newport, in Uttlesford and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 02nd September 2014
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