view of the Roman Amphitheatre, Caerleon - or King Arthur's Round Table
as it has been known for centuries - comes from the 'Scrapbook' of William
Henry Greene. It is one of around 100 views of Newport and South
East Wales sketched by William Henry Greene in the 1880s and 1890s.
The volume is now in the collection of Pontypool
Museum. Sponsorship has enabled us to photograph the sketches by
arrangement with Torfaen Museum Trust. Most of the sketches, including
the one above, have never before been published and some may well be
the only views of scenes long gone. The book is not on public display
as it has to be stored in a low light environment, so we are pleased
to be able to present the 'secrets' it holds here. Over the next few
months, thanks to the sponsorship of Steve
Thomas Financial Services, we will be displaying several other views
of the Caerleon area as sketched by William Henry Greene. If you would
like to explore the scrapbook more fully you will find most of the sketches displayed on the NEWPORT
A little information about the man and his work:
Scrapbook of William Henry Greene
in his own words
of my Old Favourites - A Treasure House of Especial Sweets
with some of my very own verses and sketches with pen and pencil.'
We are fortunate that William Henry Greene gathered together his 'treasures'
in this volume. Pasted into the pages we find newspaper articles, poetry
and sketches - the results of William's rambles in Monmouthshire and
South West Gloucestershire.
was born in Ross in 1832. In his early 20s he became a reporter for
the 'Monmouthshire Beacon'; from 1867 to 1874 he worked for the 'Pontypool
Free Press and Herald of the Hills'; and at other times he worked for
journals as far afield as Bristol, Chard, Exeter, Gloucester and Guildford.
He continued his work after retirement and contributed articles and
illustrations to 'The Graphic' and 'The Illustrated London News'.
the end of his life, William lived in Chepstow and he died in Newport
at 109 Alma Street on March 31st 1894. The 'South Wales Daily Star'
reported: "Death was due to general decay of the system, the end
being hastened by an attack of apoplexy."
are keen to bring more old views of Caerleon to public view by this
means, if you are interested in sponsoring a similar project please contact us. There are many
sketches and watercolours tucked away from the light in museum basements,
many of which show scenes long since disappeared. On a recent visit
to the National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff we found no antiquarian
watercolours on display at all.
of the Amphitheatre