- Gaer, Newport
Infobox Newport electoral ward
Ward = Gaer
Population = 8,568 (2001 census)
GridReference = ST295865
Constituency = Newport West
PostCode = NP20 3
DiallingCode = +44-1633
Gaer [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/527293] ( _cy. Y Gaer) is an electoral district ("ward") of the city of
Newport, South Wales.
The ward includes both the Gaer and
Maesglasestates. The name "Gaer" is from the Welsh word for fort (Caer), as found in Caerleon. It has an area which is recognised to be an old hillfortsite, believed to be Iron Age- however the Gaer Inn [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/537653] pubsign depicts a Roman legionarysoldier. Gaer estate is usually referred to as "the Gaer" by locals. The names of the roads in the Gaer Estate are those of famous poets, dramatists [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/621760] and writers [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/621758] & [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/621756] .
The ward is bounded by Bassaleg Road to the north, the Great Western main line to the east, the
Ebbw Riverto the southeast, Cardiff Road to the southwest, and the M4 motorwayto the west.
It is a ward of some contrast — both the Gaer and Maesglas council estates are
Communities Firstareas, as they are recognised as being high on the index of multiple deprivation used by the Welsh Assemblyto establish the poverty of an area - yet there is a small area in the north and east of the ward where large private houses can be found more characteristic of the neighbouring middle class and affluent Allt-yr-ynward and typical semi-detachedsuburban houses found along Cardiff Road, Old Cardiff Road, and either side of the Ebbw Bridge. The Gaer is famous for its well-designed [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/621755] , well-built and well-maintained housing [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/621751] .
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