Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales Area

Pasture along road from Trellyffaint Farm leading down to the beach and ocean across the river from Newport. Dinas Head is in the distance.

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This area around Newport is considered to be one of more beautiful areas of the British Isles. Touristism is very big. One of the big attractions is hiking the coastal path way through Newport and around Pembrokeshire. In ancient times 1,000's of religious pilgrims hiked through the same Newport area on there way to St Davids. In this aspect life has not changed, only the excuse for the reason has.

Phelip de Picton who married Maud of Newport, the daughter of William Dyer are considered to be the start of the North Pembrokeshire branch of Pictons according to Glyndwr Picton. Some say this is in the late 1200's - 1300's time frame.

Phelip de Picton is considered to be a younger brother of Sir William de Picton of Picton Castle. Sir William's daughter and heiress Joan married Sir John Wogan, of Wiston (see Notes and Queries, April 24, 1858). There is, however, no direct proof of any connection of Phelip de Picton to be descendant from the Picton's of Picton Castle.

I visited the Nevern and Newport area of Pembrokeshire to trace the locations which my Picton ancestors lived between 1300's to about 1700. Nevern and Newport are less than two or three miles apart. An ancestor Jenkin Picton owned 50 burgages (lots) in Newport in 1434. An ancestor named Owen Picton lived on a farm named Trellyffaint near Nevern back in the early 1600's but is listed by Newport as mayor in 1621. A John Picton is listed by Newport as mayor in 1434.

The day that was cool, I visited Newport and the church in Newport. The day that was warm and sunny, I went for a hike along the sea shore at Newport. I could easily imagine my ancestors hiking and playing along this same sea shore. Fishguard is about 7 miles West of Newport. One night I drove over to Fishguard and took a day trip to Ireland.

The ship left at 3 AM in the morning and returned about 1:30 AM the next day. The round trip cost only $20 in American money. The ship carries a lot of cars with families and a lot of big trucks. I visited the town of Wexford, Ireland. I first visited some old Catholic churches with services going on(saw a lot of old art work) until things opened up, then I walked around the town, visited some of the stores, and went to the Irish Heritage Center. The Irish Heritage Center covers 35 acres with a lot of displays. This is where I saw a reproduction of an old Celtic Cross. It is very good. I even ate Irish stew for lunch.

Newport Church

Notice sea behind church

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View of Newport Church and Castle near bridge of river running into Ocean

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Newport Church sign

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Newport Church with old church tower built in the 12th or 13thcentury.

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Newport church cemetery

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Newport Castle - taken 2015
Martha Picton

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View from Newport Castle - taken 2015

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Dock at Newport - used for hundreds of years - taken 2015

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Carreg Coetan burial chamber in Newport

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Another view of Carreg Coetan burial chamber in Newport

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Three lots (burgage plots) in Newport recently excavated in about 1992 with one belonging to Jenkin Picton in 1434 AD Newport

I found out about the three burgage plots in Newport at the Newport library. The book store in Newport told me how to find them. So those are to places to ask if one is interested in them plus the local people can help direct you. The three burgage plots are also right along the coastal path in Newport that goes around Pembrokeshire. The shore line is just on the other side of the coastal path with a small new path leading down to the shore.

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Trail leading off the coastal path at Newport

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Inlet looking out to the ocean at Newport when the tide is out

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Road leading down to the inlet at Newport looking West

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Pasture along road from Trellyffaint Farm leading down to the beach and ocean across the river from Newport looking West. Dinas Head is in the distance.

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Beach at Newport looking West toward Dinas Head

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Beach at Newport looking West toward Dinas Head

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Sunset at beach at Newport looking West toward Dinas Head

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Dinas Head looking down upon it from the Preseli Hills

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Looking East with Newport on the right and Trellyffaint just beyond the top of the hill in the center

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Looking East and Newport would be on the right

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Looking East and Newport would be on the right

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