The Waterloo Hotel
Pillgwenlly shown within Newport
|Population||7,318 (2011 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 for its ethnic diversity. Pill has most of the residents of foreign descent within the city, due largely to the location of the Old Town Docks, where a large influx of immigrants came to work. The streets of Pill also host the annual Pill Carnival, on the last weekend of 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, manager of West Bromwich Albion F.C., was born in Pill. The Pearce brothers 6 who were professional boxers hailed from Pill; Including David 'Bomber' Pearce, Walter 'Bimbo' Pearce and Gary Pearce.
Plan for designated area for prostitution
In July 2015, Gwent Police proposed a plan to develop a designated area for prostitution within the boundaries of Pill. The proposal follows a similar pilot scheme in the north of England, and a police spokeswoman said enforcement alone was "not an effective solution". Officers stated that no decision would be made until they had looked at evidence from other initiatives and consulted with residents, businesses and the council. Officers commented that similar schemes had increased the reporting of offences against prostitutes, and allowed other agencies to work with women to help them leave the sex industry. Monmouth MP David Davies, who has debated prostitution on the Council of Europe, was cautious about the proposed area, and said that it "should not become like Amsterdam."
- "Newport ward 2011.Retrieved 5 April 2015".
- Robin Gwyndaf, Welsh Folk Tales (National Museum of Wales, 1989), p. 96
- Newport: floodlit bridge:: OS grid ST3186 :: Geograph Britain and Ireland - photograph every grid square!
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