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Great Britain, #212, George V, Town Cancel: New Port, Isle of Wight

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Great Britain, Scott's catalog # 212, George V, Town Cancel: New Port, Isle of Wight. This stamp is without defects, and has no damage.

New Port, Isle of Wight, England, Great Britain
(New Port is in the North-Central Isle of Wight just south of England)

Population: 23,957

Newport is a civil parish and a county town of the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England, in the United Kingdom. The town is situated slightly to the north of the centre of the Island, at the head of the navigable section of the River Medina, which flows northward to Cowes and the Solent, and on which the town has a quay.

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There are signs of Roman settlement in the area, which was probably known as Medina, including two known Roman villas one of which, Newport Roman Villa, is excavated and open to the public.

There was little later use until after the Norman conquest with the first charter being granted late in the twelfth century. In 1377 an invading French force burnt down much of the town while attempting to take Carisbrooke Castle, then under the command of Sir Hugh Tyrill. A group of French were captured and killed, then buried in a tumulus later nicknamed Noddies Hill, a "noddy" being medieval slang for a body. This was later corrupted to Nodehill, the present-day name for a part of central Newport - a name confusing to many as the area is flat.

In 1648 Charles I and a group of Parliamentary Commissioners concluded the Treaty of Newport, an attempt at reaching a compromise in the Civil War, undermined by Charles's negotiations with the French and Scots to intervene on his behalf. The Treaty was repudiated by Oliver Cromwell upon returning from defeating the Scots at The Battle of Preston leading to Charles's execution.

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