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Few signs of the Saxon settlement exist today, apart from the Quarry, which has now been built around.

At the time of the Norman Conquest, the land where Newport sits formed part of the manor of Edgmond, which William I gave as a gift along with the county of Shropshire to Roger, Earl of Shrewsbury.

It lies some 6 miles (10 kilometres) north of Telford and some 12 mi (19 km) west of Stafford, sitting on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

Formed from melting glaciers, it covered a vast area of North Shropshire.

Early man fished here and two ancient log boats were uncovered 1 mi (1.6 km) from Newport.

The wide main street was designed for its market, and the narrow burgage plots running at right angles to it are typical of Norman architecture and planning, though today only Guildhall and Smallwood Lodge are clear signs of Norman buildings, due to the 1665 fire which destroyed most of the High Street.

Medieval Newport flourished with trade in leather, wool and fish.

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The village of Edgmond is located just to the west, separated by Cheney Hill, Chetwynd Park and the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal.

Like many rural market towns, Newport was influenced by industry; it served the needs of the mining area to the east of Shropshire and was also affected by mass produced industrial goods that replaced traditional crafts.

The town is mentioned once by Leland in a list of castles, though now no visible remains of the castle exist; however, the most probable location for it would have been the traditional site of a manor house at Upper Bar, where there is a fragment of a square, broad moat, or on the higher ground along the Forton road, where the Castle House school stands.

As regards the moat, nearly square, forming by measurement an area of 60 sq yds., two sides have been filled with rubbish.

Novoportans possessed the right to provide fish for the Royal table.