Place:Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales

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NameAbergavenny
Alt namesAbergafennisource: Wikipedia
Abergoniumsource: Orbis Latinus (1971) p 2
Gobanneumsource: Romano-British Placenames [online] (1999) accessed 16 August 2004
Gobanniumsource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 2; Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (1976) p 358
Y Fennisource: Wikipedia
TypeTown
Coordinates51.833°N 3°W
Located inMonmouthshire, Wales
Contained Places
Cemetery
Priory Church of St Mary
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Abergavenny, meaning Mouth of the River Gavenny, is a market town in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located 15 miles (24 km) west of Monmouth on the A40 and A465 roads, 6 miles (10 km) from the English border. Originally the site of a Roman fort, Gobannium, it became a medieval walled town within the Welsh Marches. The town contains the remains of a medieval stone castle built soon after the Norman conquest of Wales.

Abergavenny is promoted as the "Gateway to Wales". Situated at the confluence of a tributary stream, the Gavenny, and the River Usk, it is almost surrounded by two mountains – the Blorenge (559 m) and the Sugar Loaf (596 m) – and five hills: Ysgyryd Fawr (The Skirrid), Ysgyryd Fach (Skirrid Fach), Deri, Rholben and Mynydd Llanwenarth, known locally as "Llanwenarth Breast". It provides access to the nearby Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Offa's Dyke Path is close by and the Marches Way, the Beacons Way and Usk Valley Walk all pass through the town.

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