South Street

South Street— also called Cosham Street—14th and 15th centuries;

Was originally a boundary of the early town but then named Cosham Street after the Manor of Cosham. (see below)

Hearth Tax Returns for 1664-1674

Alexander MACKETT 3 John COLLINS 2
Josias SMITH 2 John WAD– 2
Henry DYMARIS 2 Richard TANSOME 2
Richard VINSON 1 William CURLEWE 1
Robert LEIGH 1 Richard MINGHAM 2
Henry FIVEFOLD 1 David BRETT 1
Widdow MATHEWES 2 Thomas PAINE 2
Nathaniell MARTELL 1 William WEBBER 1
Thomas HARBOWE 2 Walte ? & John LAN ? 2
YEAR 1670-1
Josias SMITH 2 John CURLUE 2
Henry FIVEFOLD 2 William CURLUE 1
Richard TANSOME 2 Elias TOLMAN 2
Judith VINING 2 Rebecca BRETT 2
William MATHEWS 2 Alice MINGHAM 2
Nathaniel MARTELL 1 Abraham VINSON 1
Thomas LONG 2 George LOVE
James REDSTONE 2 Widdow LO [NG] 1
YEAR 1673 Widdow MAGGETT
YEAR 1674 Widdow MAGETT 3
John REEVES 1 Mr MAN 2
Exemptions 1673-4 Henry FIVEFOLD 2
Richard TANSOME 2 Elias TOLEMAN 2
Judith VINING 2 Margarett LACY 2
Alice MINGHAM 2 Nathaniell MARTELL 1
Abraham VINSON 1 Thomas LONG 2
Widdow BOLLEN 1 Barnabas MEATAM 1
Widdow ALLEY 2


Cosham Manor House, stood on the east side of Church Litten and South side of South Street. It was a rambling Elizabethan structure with the usual stories of secret passages and societies. In Elizabethan days it was believed to have been occupied by members of the James family, then Godshouse of Southampton, and in the 17th century passing to Queen’s College, Oxford.  The manor house was pulled down in 1851.

1802    John YOUNG

South street was the undesirables to the upper echelons of Newport Society. Here the slaughterhouses, candle makers, malt houses, marine suppliers and the labouring classes. Here were the small enclosed yards surrounded by tiny houses with a central water pump where a lack of sanitation compounded the pitiful squalor.

The market house in the main square was just opposite the west end of the church.

South Street has undergone many changes over the years with older houses being demolished to make way for larger commercial properties.

(North side)

Tontine Inn

1819 Hampshire Telegraph

To Brewers, Innkeepers, and Victuallers. Freehold Inn and Tavern with excellent Tap, Brewery and eight tenements.

To be sold at Auction by Messrs Haydon & Hendy, at Garraway’s, Cornhill.

A most desirable and valuable Freehold Inn, the Tontine, situated in the centre of the market place, in Newport, Isle of Wight.

The House is respectable and in excellent repair, consisting of a well-fitted-bar and liquor shop, two parlours, large kitchen, dining room and six bedrooms; also a modern brewery attached and erected on the most approved principle, from which is retailed 20 – 30 barrels per week; likewise a good tap-house, and eight Tenements, which pay 150/- per annum; good garden, a stable, a malt and hop loft, and a rainwater tank to hold 60 hogs-head of water.

This is the only house in the Island which brews its own beer; and the whole will be sold with great advantage to the buyer, from the Proprietor being obliged by extreme ill-health to retire from business.

The premises are so arranged that the Inn may be let off with advantage, and the Brewery and Tap occupied together, there being a distinct entrance to the same.

1828    Henry PARKER

1859    Ed  HOWES

1871    Robert CROSS

1878-79 George CROSS

1888 no record in Kelly’s directory, however the building remained until demolishing in the 1970s

1854    Elizabeth WATSON – prostitute, Tontine yard

1862    Elizabeth STERRETT – prostitute, Tontine yard

1882    William STRATTON – local architect owned nine houses in the Tontine yard.

24        Malt & Hops

1898    Arthur CROSS
1901    Arthur H Cross/Basket Maker & Inn Keeper/32
Annie Cross/Wife/33
+ family
Ernest HACKETT/Stepson, Basket Maker/14
Harry HACKETT/Boarder, General Labourer/30

1950s Collection of stores, warehouses and private accommodation

St James’s Street corner, is GAME, a games console store.

Zen Beauty

22        Arora Tattoo Studio

Smart Training & Recruitment Ltd

Pearl Assurance House (pic)

Mainstop store bought by

International Store who in turn became Gateway; Somerfield supermarket and now

Co-operative Store

T K MAX plus loading bay

Cockrams Yard

Cockram’s Yard on the site of a new supermarket uncovered pits containing medieval material. Excavation of a section of 17th century water pipe in the High Street during 1980 revealed a layer of burnt material which has been interpreted as evidence of the 1377 French raid (Tomalin and Scaife 1987). Building work at Sea Street in 1980 revealed a pit containing sherds of a Saintonge jugdating from the mid 13th to 14th century (Nelson 1984). An evaluation excavation at South Street indicated good survival of archaeological deposits and a significant level of medieval activityincluding traces of walls, whilst a substantial assemblage of medieval pottery recovered from a pit and two features on the site was suggestive of a possible kiln site (Michaels 2004). At Lugley Street medieval pits and gullies and a stratified medieval deposit were recorded during a developer-funded excavation (Southern Archaeological Services 2005) but hardly any medieval material was recorded during the recent redevelopment of Newport Bus Station (Wilson and Edmunds 2006, 6-7).

27                    Iceland

33                    59th Street Ltd

Amos Hill Developments Ltd

Readers Interiors

Readers Trading Ltd

33a                  Readers The Gallery

35                    Southern Vectis Social Club

37        Prince of Wales (pic)

1868    James HOLLIS

1871    James HOLLIS/Licensed Victualler & Mason/47
Elizabeth Hollis/Wife/56
Walter Hollis/Son, Wheelwright/21
Elizabeth Hollis/Daughter/13/
Emily JOLLIFFE/Boarder, Domestic Servant/17

1875/Augustus COX

1881    Henry CARWARDINE/Licensed Victualler/23
Flora Carwardine/Wife/22
Thomas Carwardine/Son/2 months

1885-98  Thomas Frederick CARWARDINE
1891    Thomas Frederick  Carwardine/Publican/41
Mary Ann Carwardine/Wife/40
Mary Ann Thornley/Niece/11
In 1909 when the then Licensing Magistrates on the grounds of redundancy closed the Green Dragon in Pyle Street, the tap survived, having changed its name to the Prince of Wales in the mid 19th century. In 1926 Mew Langtons decided to rebuild it in Mock Tudor style.

1911    James George SMITH
1920-7 Richard TEATHER

1939    Mrs Ann TEATHER

1947-51 Mrs Doris TEATHER

1970s   Ron TEATHER

Town Lane

40                    Corner restaurant, empty

41                    Dolls House, 3 story building

Early C19 but with mid C19 decoration added to windows and roof altered. 2 storeys and double attic. Grey headers and red brick dressings. Steep pitch gable and roof with shaped tiles. 2 dormers to each attic the lower ones break through bracketed wood eaves which have a scalloped edge. 2
windows 1st floor, one small in wood frame, the other broad recessed, sash, glazing bars, rendered block sill. Low pitch gable over with bargeboards and finial. Similar treatment to ground floor window. Recessed door of 6 fielded panels, narrow rectangular fanlight. Unusual doorcase added
flanked to half its height by rendered pilasters with reeding, crowned by cherubs heads, then carved wood brackets above to gable with barge-boards and finial as on windows. A curiosity in its decorative details.
Listing Grade: II 1 February 1972

42                    Star Signings (IOW)

43                    Event

parking space

44-50               Auto Windscreens

2007    ATS Euromaster Vehicle Repairs

52        Valiant Soldier    

1828-30           Mary COATES – Innkeepers

1871-75           James HARRIS – Licensed Victualler & Smith plus family

1881                Jerima COOKE – Licensed Victualler, Widow + son & daughter

1885                Henry CARWARDINE

1889-91           William MATTHEWS – now Publican, wife, 3 sons & 2 daughters

Alfred ROACH – Brother-in-law

1898                William MATTHEWS

1901                William MATTHEWS – Landlord, wife, 4 daughters, son

William Matthews jun. – Assistant Boot & Shoe Shop, 16 years

Alfred Matthews – Tailor assistant, 14 years

Alfred ROACH – Brother-in-law – Domestic Gardener

Emily Roach – Sister-in-law – Barmaid

Herbert SMITH – Adopted son, Railway Engine cleaner, age 19

52        2009    Samaritans

Market Place – Block of flats

Fire station

71        The Publican PH Demolished 2012 (see entry East Street)

Pan Bridge

There was also a bridge, called Pan Bridge, at the eastern end of South Street, and there was probably a bridge carrying St James’ Street across the Lukely Brook at the northern edge of the town.

River Medina (stream) with park (pic)

Prospect Road

Electric Sub-station

15 Sept. 1928 Cattle market was moved to South Street

Southern Vectis Bristol RE 863 passes the Cattle Market in South Street Newport on August 12th 1983. The market building, along with it’s immediate neighbours succumbed to the inevitable march of progress. The driver is Bob Haycocks who at the time of writing is still with Southern Vectis (2008)

Sept.1989 Safeway opened a store on the site. Company ceased November 2005.

March 2004 purchased by Morrisons

Church Litten

1930’s  Smith & Whitehead Garage

1932    Canning Day Ltd, founded 28 July – see  also entry under Church Litten.

Car Park

Ladies toilets


Orchard Street

Prior to 1861 this area came under the Parish of Carisbrooke and was eventually included within the Borough of Newport.

Newport bus station was built in the 1960s facing South Street where the current shopping centre is located. For buses entering the bus station, they turned straight off South Street, and parked at one of the stands in the bus station. Buses leaving the bus station left at an exit next to Inland Revenue offices on the other side of the bus station. Prior to bus lanes being put in, all buses followed the east to west flow of traffic along this section of South Street. At the front of the bus station was an area for bus parking. Towards the back were stands for Island Explorer and Route Rouge routes. There were other stands in the middle for Newport Town services such as routes 38 and 39. Another stand was located at the back near the Inland Revenue offices.

The plans for redevelopment were first revealed in September 2003 for 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) of retail space to be created on the old bus station site. Plans were finally approved almost a year later in July 2004. The approved plans were slightly different from those originally lodged, with only 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of retail space and a reduced number of shops

Redevelopment started from the old bus station from summer 2005. During this time a temporary bus lane was set up alongside Church Litten with bus shelters erected in South Street Car Park. Buses set down in the bus lane, and stopped to pick up passengers at one of the three bus stands in Church Litten, lettered A, B or C.

Newport Bus station has since been rebuilt and is located off Orchard Street with the frontage being taken up new shopping premises


Unit 4 Sports Direct
Unit 3
Unit 3 Peacocks closed 2012
Unit 3B Jane Norman
Unit 2 New Look
Unit 1


Here is exit of bus services



Valiant Trooper



Town Lane

4 to 10 (consec)
With No 11 which is also No 38 South Street  Early C19 or possibly bit earlier.

Nos 8 and 10 – 3 storeys the others 2 storeys.

Nos 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10 in chequered brick with red brick dressings.

No 5 red brick and
No 8 purple grey headers with red brick dressings. Old tile gable end roofs to Nos 4 and 7.

Nos 8, 9 and 10 slate roofed, No 8 with capped gable and No 10 with full hipped roof. One window per house,

Nos 7 and 10 with 2. Moulded flush wood frames to Nos 4 and 5 the latter with casements and
glazing bars, later casements to Nos 9 and 10, segmental brick arches over. The other windows, recessed, sash, flat brick arches, block sills.
No 8 retaining early shop front of bow window with glazing bars, frieze and cornice. Its door is recessed, of 4 fielded panels, doorcase of reeded pilasters bracketed frieze and cornice.

No 10 ground floor is a restaurant, other doorways of plain cottage type.


1828-39           John ADAMS – Baker            1828-30 Cornelius DYER – Grocer & General dealer

J HAYDEN – Grocer & General dealer          1830    Christopher HARE – Boot & Shoe maker

Joseph ALLEY – Brazier & Tin-man                         John BRAD – Currier & Leather cutter

John ADAMS – Shopkeeper & dealer in sundries     James TRIMEN – Surveyor

1839      C. DYER – Carpenter                               John GRAPES – Tinman & Brazier

William MORRIS – Shoe maker