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City of Newport
Newport (in Welsh: Casnewydd) is the third largest city in Wales, with population of nearly 140,000, and was only granted city status in 2001. It lies on the northern shore of the Bristol Channel at the mouth of the river Usk in South East Wales, about 23 miles north-east of Cardiff.
Until 1974, Newport formed the county borough of Newport in the county of Monmouthshire (which in many instances was considered part of England and not Wales). From 1974 until 1996, it was part of the district of Newport in the new county of Gwent. In 1996, Gwent was abolished as an administrative county, and the whole district became the county borough of Newport - a unitary authority (within the ceremonial, or preserved, county of Gwent).
Newport Jewish Community
The Newport Jewish community dates back to at least the 1850s, when a Jewish congregation (not necessarily the first) was established and a burial plot acquired. The Jewish community reached its zenith between the two World Wars, after which numbers began to decline, until the closure of the synagogue in about 2006.
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