Pillgwenlly shown within Newport
|Population||5,330 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||NP20 2|
|UK Parliament||Newport West|
Origin of the name
Its name may come from 'Pwll' the Welsh language word for a water inlet, harbour or pool, and 'Gwenlly', a corruption of the name of Saint Gwynllyw, the name meaning Gwynllyw's harbour. Supposedly it derives from the period when Gwynllyw was a pirate and he based his ships in this area.
Heart of Newport
It is an inner-city district to the south of the city centre and the built-up area is commonly shortened to "Pill". It contains the Newport Docks and the western ends of the Newport Transporter Bridge, City Bridge and George Street Bridge.
Pill is known for its close-knit community spirit and a large number of immigrants which contribute to its ethnic diversity. Pill has a large majority of foreign descent within the city due to being host to The Old Town Docks where a large influx of English and Irish immigrants among others came to work. The streets of Pill also play host to the Pill Carnival on the last weekend of every August. The Old Town Dock area is currently undergoing a huge mixed-use regeneration to bring the derelict dock lands back into use. A lively market takes place on a Saturday morning at the Newport Auctions site.
Portland Street in Pill was the birthplace, in 1871, of the famous "Tramp Poet" W. H. Davies and the nearby Church House Inn, where he was brought up by his grandparents, has a commemorative blue plaque.
In 2012 the TV drama series Being Human featured internal and external cafe scenes filmed in Pill near the Transporter Bridge.
Pill Harriers RFC is a successful rugby union team affiliated to the Welsh Rugby Union, whose membership was historically made up from the local dock workers. In its past it supplied many players to both Newport and Wales. Tony Pulis, former manager of Crystal Palace F.C., was born in Pill.
- Robin Gwyndaf, Welsh Folk Tales (National Museum of Wales, 1989), p. 96
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