Welcome to Bishton Community Council Website (including Underwood and Wilrick)

LATEST NEWS

COMMUNITY AWARDS EVENING 2018

The 2018 Community Awards Evening will take place at Bishton Village Hall on Friday 5th October commencing at 7pm. Read more...

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH VOLUNTEERS

The Community Council is looking for volunteers to help support this initiative within the Bishton Community Council area. Read more... 

LIVING LEVELS HISTORY DAY

There will be a free Living Levels History Day at Newport Wetlands and St. Mary's Church in Nash on 29th September 2018. Read more... 

EAST NEWPORT CYCLE SPEEDWAY CLUB 

Local cycle speedway champions Dan Wright and Taylor Walters were selected to represent Wales at this year's Junior Cycle Speedway European Championships this summer. Read more... 

UNDERWOOD CARNIVAL SATURDAY 4th AUGUST 2018

Published 24th July

Active Underwood presents "Underwood Carnival" on Saturday 4th August 2018. Read more...

COMMUNITY GRANTS

Published: 18 June 2018

The Council has extended the date for local groups to apply for a Community Grant. Read more... 

SECRET NEWPORT: A presentation by historian Andrew Hemmings

Published: 5 June 2018 

At Bishton Village Hall on July 10th (7-9pm), join historian Andrew Hemmings as he delves into Newport’s past. Read more...

BISHTON PARK PLAYGROUND REOPENS

Published: 23 May 2018

Bishton Park playground has now reopened after a brief closure. Read more... 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW COUNCIL CLERK

Published: 30 Jan 18

The Council is delighted to announce that we have appointed Mr Reg Southall as our part-time Clerk. Read More...






Website Last Updated 17th September 2018 

Bishton Community Council (Welsh : Cyngor Cymuned Trefesgob) covers the three villages of Underwood, Bishton and Wilcrick. Located on the eastern side of the City of Newport, on the border with Monmouthshire, our Community has a mixture of urban and rural characteristics.The area forms part of the Llanwern electoral district (ward) and contains the eastern end of Llanwern Steelworks, the relatively modern Underwood estate and two historic villages of Bishton and Wilcrick. The total population of the community is estimated at about 2200.

Underwood was originally a substantial housing estate built by the local authority in the early 1960s, partly to provide accommodation and services for people working at the newly-opened steelworks at Llanwern. Underwood has a primary school, playing fields and play areas, allotments, a grocery- post office, a pharmacy, other shops, a Baptist church, the Iscoed Tafarn public house, and adjacent health and community centres.

A mile from Underwood is the village of Bishton whose historic name was “Bishop’s Town”. It is a linear village dating back to the post-Roman period when it was a centre for the Bishops of Llandaff. It has a strong association with Cadwaladr the Blessed, the last Welsh king to claim sovereignty of Britain. Cadwaladr later became a Welsh Christian Saint and Bishton’s Church is named after him, one of only three in Wales. Key features of Bishton today are St Cadwaladr’s Church, the former Primary School (now the village hall), a number of houses dating from the 17th/18th centuries together with more recent dwellings including several converted from agricultural barns. Its population is about 150.

Wilcrick is now a very small village (population about 30) a mile or so from Bishton and just to the west of Magor. It was formerly a much larger settlement, served by its Church (St Mary the Virgin) located on the lower slope of the former Iron Age hillfort on Wilcrick Hill which is a major local feature.


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