Gaer, Newport

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Gaer is located in Newport, Wales
 Gaer shown within Newport
Population 8,568  (2001 census)
OS grid reference ST295865
Principal area Newport
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWPORT
Postcode district NP20 3
Dialling code 01633
Maesglas exchange
Police Gwent
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Newport West
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Coordinates: 51°34′23″N 3°01′07″W / 51.57294°N 3.01867°W / 51.57294; -3.01867

Gaer [1] (Welsh: Y Gaer) is a community and electoral district ("ward") of the city of Newport, South Wales.

The ward includes both the Gaer and Maesglas estates. The name "Gaer" is from the Welsh word for fort (Caer), as found in Caerleon. It has an area which is recognised to be an old hillfort site, believed to be Iron Age - however the Gaer Inn [2] pub sign depicts a Roman legionary soldier. Gaer estate is usually referred to as "the Gaer" by locals. The names of the roads in the Gaer Estate are those of famous poets, dramatists [3] and writers.[4][5]

The ward is bounded by Bassaleg Road to the north, the Great Western main line to the east, the Ebbw River to the southeast, Cardiff Road to the southwest, and the M4 motorway to the west.

It is a ward of some contrast — both the Gaer and Maesglas council estates are Communities First areas,[6] as they are recognised as being high on the index of multiple deprivation used by the Welsh Assembly to establish the poverty of an area[citation needed] - yet there is a small area in the north and east of the ward where large private houses can be found more characteristic of the neighbouring middle class and affluent Allt-yr-yn ward and typical semi-detached suburban houses found along Cardiff Road, Old Cardiff Road, and either side of the Ebbw Bridge. The Gaer achieved a Merit Award at the 1951 Festival of Britain [7] for its well-designed and well-built housing.[8]

The area is governed by the Newport City Council.


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