Newport, Described in the 1791
Universal British Directory
In 1791, Newport is listed under Shifnal, initially, and is described thus:-
Newport, on the borders of Staffordshire, is a little market-town, where is one of the noblest foundations for a school in the whole kingdom, endowed by a Mr
Adams, an haberdasher, of London, to the value of seven thousand pounds.  The school is seventy feet long, twenty-two wide, and the same in height ; a library, an house for both the master and usher, forty pounds a-year to the first and twenty to the other ; and a garden to each house of an acre, and two acres for the boys to play in.  Near it he has likewise built an alms-house ; and gave five hundred and fifty pounds towards building the town-house. - There is likewise an English school in this town, of a very ancient foundation, free to all the inhabitants, worth about thirty pounds a-year, and in the gift of the crown.
   Newport gave the title of baron to the late Earls of Bradford, and the Earls of Shrewsbury and Gower are joint lords of the manor.
   The facetious
Tom Brown was a native of this town, his father being a tanner therein.

Coppice Green - John
Smith (F.), Builder.
Aston Hall - John
Moultrie Esq.
Stanton - Richard
Phillips (F.), John Roden (F.)
Upton - Richard
Langley (F.) Windmill Inn.
Priors-lee,  two miles and a half from Shifnal - Rev. Edward
Rowley, proprietor of the extensive coal-works at Pain's Lane and Oakengates, near Shifnal.

However, in the Appendix to the Directory, Newport appears again:-
Newport, Shropshire
is distant from London 141 miles, forty from Chester, Twenty from Whitchurch, nineteen from Shrewsbury, and eighteen from Bridgenorth.  It is situated on a plain near the borders of Staffordshire, by the Roman way called Watling-Street; but it is most remarkable for its free-school, already spoke of (above).
    The church has a square tower and six bells, also a clock and chimes.  Here was once a monastery.  The market is on Saturday; and fairs, Saturday before Palm-Sunday, May 28, July 27, and Dec. 10.
    The post is dispatched for London every day except Saturday at seven in the morning; arrives from London every evening except Monday at seven.  Cross post dispatched at the same hours.
    The Excise-Office is at the Red Lion Inn: Mr.
Seare, Collector; Mr. Growcott and Mr. Witherall, Officers.
BANKERS. - Horden, Molineux, and Bishton, draw on Harcourt, Blake, Sanson, Postlethwaite, and Tamer, No. 65, Lombard-Street, London.
    A coach from the Red Lion inn to London, Tuesday, Thrusday, and Saturday, morning, at four o'clock; and one for Chester the same evening at eleven o'clock. -
Scott's waggon to London every Tuesday morning at four o'clock. - Ceswell's cart to Wellington and Shiffnall on Tuesdays.  Principal Inhabitants:-
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GENTRY Clowes Josiah, Breeches-maker Morris Thomas, Victualler, (Unicorn)
Adams Mr. John Cobb Samuel, Writing-Master Morris Rob, Victualler, (Cross Keys)
Ballard Mr. Benjamin Collier Thomas, Brazier Morris Ellis, Grocer
Boldbrey Mr. Thomas Collier Wm., Ironmonger & Druggist Morris David, Bookbinder
Cullwich Mr. John Commell George, Cabinet-maker Muskin Charles, Huckster
Holmes Mr. William Cooper Thomas, Clockmaker Norris Susanna, Circulating Library
Keeling Mr. John Cox William, Staymaker Owen William, Plasterer
Meek Mr. Robert Crump John, Bricklayer Parkes William, Coach-master
Morris Mr. Thomas, sen. Crump Thomas, Bricklayer Parkes Susanna, Milliner
Old Mr. William Crump Thomas, sen. Bricklayer Parson Thomas, Timber-merchant
Scarlett Mr. William Dean Tho., Victualler, (Raven and Bell) Peate William, Sadler
Wheatley Mr. John Dean Mary, Perfumer Perry William, Shoemaker
Walker Mr. John Dicken William, Hatter Pickring Margate, Baker
Whitgrave Tho. Henry Francis, Esq. Eldershaw John, Ironmonger Plant John, Victualler, (Fox & Grapes)
CLERGY Elkin Henry, Shoemaker Plant Thomas, Clockmaker
Langley Rev. William Felton John, Shoemaker Plant Stephen, Dyer and Clothier
Outlew Rev. Robert Felton William, Victualler Podmoore Edward, Baker
Wingfield Rev. Richard Fulwood Thomas, Vict. (Royal Oak) Preston John, Shoemaker
PHYSIC Glegg Frances, Schoolmistress Price Margate, Huckster
Baddeley Thomas, Surgeon Gosnell Thomas, Victualler; (Swan) Richards William, Butcher
Higgins Robert, Surgeon Grant Richard, Smith Rider Samuel, Staymaker
Jones John, Surgeon Grice Thomas, Sadler Rogers Joseph, Hatter
LAW Hancocks Elizabeth, Cheesmonger Rounes Joseph, Nailer
Dickinson Thomas, Attorney Harris Henry, Taylor Rust Stephen, Sadler
Morris Thomas, jun. Attorney Hawkins William, Victualler Sargeant Peter, Currier
Stanley Samuel, Attorney Hazeldine John, Victualler, (Wheatsheaf) Shorton John, Staymaker
TRADERS &c. Hazeldine Richard, Maltster Shuker John, Grocer
Adderley William, Hair-dresser Hill James, Victualler, (Bell) Sillitoe Michael, Cheesmonger
Adderley Richard, Shoemaker Homerson Thomas, Baker Sillitoe Richard, Butcher & Victualler
Appleby George, Taylor Horton Richard, Cabinet-maker Sillitoe John, Victualler, (Crown)
Arrowsmith Thomas, Baker Houlsdon J., Huckster Small John, Baker
Backhouse Thomas, Breeches-maker Howell Arthur, Victualler, (Blue Boar) Smith Hannah, Victualler, (Blue Ball)
Barber John, Butcher Howell Edward, Shoemaker Smith John, Sadler
Barber William, Butcher Hughes William, Smith Spender John, Victualler, (Old Crow)
Barber Thomas, Butcher Humphreys Elizabeth, New Inn Stanion William, Victualler, (Talbot)
Barlow Elizabeth, Mantua-maker Humphreys Joseph, Hair-dresser Stokes William, Farmer
Beech Edward, Taylor Hutchinson John, Victualler, (Star) Stokes Thomas, Farmer
Benbow Thomas, Watchmaker Icke John, Grocer and Stationer Stoneley Richard, Cabinet-maker
Bennett Jane and Elizabeth, Ladies School Icke Thomas, Baker Taylor Frances, Plumber
Bentley Thomas, Butcher James John, Peruke-maker Taylor Isaac, Maltster
Biddelstone Thomas, Bricklayer Jones William, Hatter Topham Joseph, Cooper
Birch Robert, Basket-maker Justice Sarah and Rebecca, Milliners Turner John, Victualler, (Barley-mow)
Blakemoore Thomas, Linen-draper Justice William, Butcher Turner William, Stamp-office
Boon Edward, Taylor Kegele Barnard, Draper Turner Fra., Vict. (Plume of Feathers)
Bott Richard, Taylor Kirby John, Victualler, (George) Turner William, Old Red Lion Inn
Bray Moses, Smith Lane John, Shoemaker Vickers Peter, Victualler, (Old Red Cow)
Breese John, Victualler, (Bear) Leans Thomas, Hair-dresser Walker Robert, Currier
Bridgen Thomas, Schoolmaster Lewellen George, Breeches-maker Webb John, Dyer
Brown Mary, Vict. (Waggon & Horses) Marsh Watkin, Shoemaker Wheatley William, Butcher
Brown Thomas, Grocer and Ironmonger Masfield and Higgins, Drapers Whild Thomas, Tallow-chandler
Brown George, Plumber and Glazier Meadley Richard, Vict. (Black Horse) Whitehouse Richard, Victualler, (Horse and Farrier)
Bullock Elizabeth, Sadler Meek William, Mercer and Draper Whitehouse Ann and E., Milliners
Bullock William, Sadler Milward Stephen, Chairmaker Williams William, Mason
Bycott Richard, Butcher Moreton John, Vict. (White Horse) Winn James, Huckster
Clinton Jonathan, Skinner Moreton Henry, Gardener Worrell Joseph, Shoemaker
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