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County of Monmouthshire

Sir Fynwy
Coat of arms of County of Monmouthshire
Coat of arms
Location within Wales
Location within Wales
Coordinates: 51°47′N 2°52′W / 51.783°N 2.867°W / 51.783; -2.867
Admin HQ Usk
Largest town Abergavenny
 • MP David Davies
 • AM Nick Ramsay
 • Total 850 km (330 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 7th
 • Total 93,600
 • Rank Ranked 17th
 • Density 110/km (300/sq mi)
 • Density rank Ranked 15th
 • White 97.5%
Welsh language
 • Rank 22nd
 • Any skills 12.9%
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ISO 3166 code GB-MON
ONS code 00PP (ONS)
W06000021 (GSS)

Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy) is a county in south-east Wales. The name derives from the historic county of Monmouthshire of which it covers the eastern 60%. The largest town is Abergavenny. Other towns and large villages are Caldicot, Chepstow, Monmouth, Magor and Usk. It borders Torfaen and Newport to the west; Herefordshire and Gloucestershire to the east; and Powys to the north.

Historic county

The historic county of Monmouthshire was formed from the Welsh Marches by the Laws in Wales Act 1535 and bordered Gloucestershire to the east, Herefordshire to the northeast, Brecknockshire to the north, and Glamorgan to the west. The Laws in Wales Act 1542 again enumerated the counties of Wales and omitted Monmouthshire, implying that the county was no longer to be treated as part of Wales. However, for all purposes Wales had become part of the Kingdom of England, and the difference had little practical effect.

For several centuries, acts of the Parliament of England (in which Wales was represented) often referred to "Wales and Monmouthshire". However, the Local Government Act 1972, which came into effect in April 1974, confirmed the county as part of Wales, with the administrative county of Monmouthshire and its associated lieutenancy being abolished. Most of its area was transferred to a new local government and ceremonial county called Gwent, with the same eastern and southern boundaries as the historic county, the River Wye and the Severn Estuary. The western two-fifths of the former Monmouthshire are now administered by other Welsh unitary authorities: Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Caerphilly, and Newport.

Principal area

The current unitary authority of Monmouthshire was created on 1 April 1996 as a successor to the district of district of Monmouth along with the Llanelly community from Blaenau Gwent, both of which were districts of Gwent.The use of the name "Monmouthshire" rather than "Monmouth" for the area was controversial, being supported by the MP for Monmouth, Roger Evans, but being opposed by Paul Murphy, MP for Torfaen (inside the historic county of Monmouthshire but being reconstituted as a separate unitary authority). By area it covers some 60% of the historic county, but only 20% of the population.A new council headquarters building at the site of Coleg Gwent, Usk was proposed and developed. Planning permission was granted in September 2011. The new county hall in Usk was opened in 2013.

In comparison to the pre-1974 areas it covers:

  • the former boroughs of Abergavenny and Monmouth
  • the former urban districts of Chepstow and Usk
  • the former rural districts of Abergavenny Rural District, Chepstow and Monmouth Rural District
  • the former rural district of Pontypool, except the community of Llanfrechfa Lower
  • the parish of Llanelly from the former Crickhowell Rural District in Brecknockshire

Places of interest

Raglan Castle

  • Chepstow Castle
  • Raglan Castle
  • Monmouth
  • Trellech
  • Abergavenny Castle
  • Wye Valley
  • Black Mountains
  • Brecon Beacons National Park
  • White Castle
  • Skenfrith Castle
  • Grosmont Castle
  • Three Castles Walk
  • Offa's Dyke
  • Llanthony Priory
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Usk
  • Usk Valley Walk
  • Abergavenny
  • Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
  • Marches Way
  • Monnow Valley Walk
  • Caldicot Castle
  • The Kymin
  • The Sugar Loaf

Scenic Railway Line:

  • Gloucester to Newport Line
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