MALPAS COURT, Newport, Gwent 2005

MALPAS COURT, Newport, Gwent 2005
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Malpas Court stands foreboding on the edge of suburban Newport and although surrounded by a secure high wire fence, it only takes a few minutes to find an obliging hole offering access to the walls of the house.

Malpas Court as viewed from the road, with its high chimneys, rugged sandstone and occasional dressed bath stone, looks an impenetrable fortress but once inside the fence the planks covering the windows are little defence to the determined intruder.

Built in the 1830s it seems lost and out of place in its modern urban location, like some haunted mansion that only a few brave souls dare to go near.

The builder, a Thomas Prothero, of mean character (according to legend), reputedly offered a sum of £500 to help build Malpas church on the condition it would be built closer to his home. On hearing his request refused he then halved his proposed sum to £250. A notorious and a much reviled man and with some kind of karmic fortune and irony considering the owners mean spirited past, his house was used in the 1970s and 80s as a community centre.

Malpas Court is currently under restoration by the local council, it's use yet to be agreed.

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MALPAS COURT, Newport, Gwent 2005

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Photo comment By john giblin: The Building was opened by "Royalty" last november following extensive renovations costing millions. The building still has problems with the future use still in question, and some building snags to be resolved.
Photo comment By m.rei: i love your photos there beautiful! was wondering where malpas court was tho? i can find the street but not the building and i have been looking for abandond buildings in the neaport area for a while.. thankyou M.Rei
Photo comment By paul white: Hello M Rei Thanks for your email, your email address doesn't seem to work though so i've responded here - Malpas Court has now been renovated by the council a few years ago - I have a map but the house is right on the spine and i can't scan it properly. If you drive/walk/cycle out of Newport on Maplas Road (A4051) just before you reach a roundabaout there's a road called Whittle Drive. Malpas Court is about 200 yards down there. Incidently there's a large house, not quite a ruin yet, called Woodland House which is on Woodlands Drive almost directly opposite Whittle Drive. Again, I haven't been for a number of years so this too may have been renovated. Good Luck! Regards, Paul.
Photo comment By paul white: Hello M Rei Thanks for your email, your email address doesn't seem to work though so i've responded here - Malpas Court has now been renovated by the council a few years ago - I have a map but the house is right on the spine and i can't scan it properly. If you drive/walk/cycle out of Newport on Maplas Road (A4051) just before you reach a roundabaout there's a road called Whittle Drive. Malpas Court is about 200 yards down there. Incidently there's a large house, not quite a ruin yet, called Woodland House which is on Woodlands Drive almost directly opposite Whittle Drive. Again, I haven't been for a number of years so this too may have been renovated. Good Luck! Regards, Paul.
Photo comment By Linz: It's easy to find using Google Maps, and you can get a reasonable view of the outside from StreetView.
Photo comment By Janet Gantz Anderon: Being Memorial Day in America, I am browsing through the letters my Dad sent home during WWII. He was in a construction & bridge building regiment. He sent a letter dated 09/01/42m mentioning their chaplain held a service between 2 trees at Malpus Court. That sent me scurrying to my computer to look it up! What a treasure for me to be able to see one of the places where my Dad was in England/Wales. Fortunately an officer in his regiment self published a book detailing the everywhere they went and everything they did while in Europe. It is fascinating to read his letters, refer to the book and be able to know most of what they did. His letters were, of course very vague about location and passed by a censor. For example, this particular letter just said "Somewhere in England". Thank you SO MUCH for enabling me to learn more about your country. He rarely talked about his experiences, like so many veterans of this war.
Photo comment By Arthur Swift: I am a former Newport Resident, I fondly remember this lovely place. I have an idea it was a territorial army barracks, years ago. I live in Perth, West 'Oz.

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