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NEWPORT. THE gardens and orchards in this neighbourhood promise most abundantly. Never do we recollect a finer show of blossom than that of this season. The check from the late easterly winds I considered to be rather favourable than otherwise to the setting of he fruit. ACCIDENT TO THE TREDEGAR MAIL.-As the Tredegar mail was returning to Newport one day last week, in crossing the Western Valleys railroad, opposite the Tydee Works, by som^ means the wheel slipped on the plate and came off, and the coactt was consequently overturned, by which the coachman (not Walker the ordinary coachman, but an occasional substitute of the name ot Williams) was severely hurt about the head, one ear being lite- rally cut off by striking the edge of the rail in falling, and he also sustained other severe injuries, but we tIflre happy to say none of a very dangerous nature, and he is now going on favourably. No passengers were hurt. FIRE.—The town was alarmed on Saturday by a report of a fire in Cardiff-road, at the residence of Mr. Burton. The engine was in prompt attendance, but its services were happily not in ie- quisition, the tire having being got under before its arrival. It had broken out in a loft over the stable, and the damage was confined to it without injuring the house. WESTERN VALLEYS LINF,. -A new rail has been invented and patented by Mr. Crawshay Bailey. It is intended to combine the two descriptions of tram-plate and edge-rail, and it is hoped by this to get rid of the present difficulties as to the extensive working of this line. When tried it has been found to answer, and parties are sanguine as to its ultimate adoption and success. A portion has been laid on the Rhymney road. MALPAS CHU RCH,-This church, situated about a mile and a quarter from Newport, is now rapidly approaching completion, and we understand will be consecrated by our new bishop on the 29th inst. It is in the style of architecture termed Romanique, or as commonly called Anglo-Norman. It replaces a very ancient structure of similar character, and all available portions of the old building have been re-worked and made use of in the new structure. The old church of Malpas was an almost unique specimen of a Norman church, having been, with little exception, untouched by any of the late styles of Gothic, and having almost miraculously escaped churchwardenising; there is therefore a manifest pro- priety in using the same style for its restoration, or otherwise we must acknowledge no particular reverence for the uncouth, forms and semi-barbarous carvings of a by-gone age. The old portions were found in an extraordinary state of preservation, the carvings being sharp and distinct, and in many places the marks of the ancient freemason's tools, although in exposed situations, were plainly perceptible, which, considering a lapse of at least seven hundred years, shows a very uncommon care in the- selection of the stones used in erecting it. The new building is not exactly on the old foundation, and is a little larger than the old church. As a matter of taste, we certainly should have preferred- that the nave were a few feet longer, as it looks at present, rather stunted, especially in proportion to the chancel. We question much whether in very small churches a much better effect would not be produced by making no division or break between the nave and chancel in the exterior, especially as in most cases the chancel is required to be of a certain size, whatever be the proportions of the nave. The turret and spire strilie us as being too heavy and to rise too abruptly from the coping. It is, however, in spite of these deductions, a very creditable piece of architecture, and all ornament to the neighbourhood of Newport. It is from the de- sign of the diocesan architect, Mr. John Pritchard, of LtandafF, and has been built by Mr. B. James, of Newport, and the archi- tect's designs have been well and substantially, carried out by him. It has been built partly from the usual grants, and partly by private subscriptions, to which the patron, Thos. Prothero, Esq., has been a liberal contributor. The entire cost is £ 1,300. HOPE INDEPENDENT CHAPEL.-Tenders have been required f01, this new chapel to the designs of Messis. Habershon, of London, We have looked over the plans, and certainly think that if carried out, Newport will be in possession of one of the finest specimens of ecclesiastical building in any provincial town. The chapel is in the middle pointed, or decorated style, and of a very ornate cha- racter. It is calculated to accommodate 400 worshippers, besides children, on the ground floor, there being no galleries. lb COiHyi of a nave and side aisles with clerestory; the entrance front shows a highly enriched entrance doorway, with pierced foliated heads and flanked on each side by recesses of similar character tg tke doorway. Above, and rising into the high pitch gable, is a hitrhfy elaborate window of large, size and elegant proportion, the top filled with characteristic tracery, and the gables are finished with a rich foliated cross. The nave, forming the centra of the chapel; is flanked with stayed buttresses, terminating in highly euriciLedT crocketed and finialled pinacles the side aisles have buttressSaand traceried windows, each window of a different pattern, there is a porch in the south side. The front railing, the pulpit; and altar rail are all in character with the style, and richly workèd and the roof is boarded with curved and moulded ribs. At the back of the chapel are large schools with separate entrances, and the vestries of the chapel. The entire cost will, it is believed, exceed £ 2,000. CON.CrItTS.-IV- e have had several concerts—one from Miss Williams. This talented vocalist was patronised by Lady Morgan, was respectably atter, ded, and gave a rich treat to the loverd of. harmony. On Wednesday evening also the "Sappho," no longer the infant, gave a concert, and although following so close the heels of other entertainments, the vocalist met with thut en- couragement from the musical world of Newport which her talents, so richly deserve. The Rock baud has also been astoaishiog oar musical inhabitants,

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