Pontypool, Torfaen

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Pontypool is a town in Torfaen

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Location and coordinates are for the approximate centre of Pontypool within this administrative area. Geographic features and populated places may cross administrative borders.

Pontypool in historic gazetteers

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

Pontypool, market town with ry. sta., Trevethin with Pontypool par., Monmouthshire, at the base of Mynydd Maen, on the right bank of the Afon Llwydd, 8½ miles N. of Newport, pop. 5244; P.O., T.O.; 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday. Pontypool (Pont-ap-Hywel - Howells Bridge) owes its prosperity to its situation on the edge of the South Wales coal and iron basin. The greater portion of the population is employed in the ironworks and tinplate works. The iron trade is of very old date, but was developed chiefly in the beginning of the 18th century by the Hanburys of Pontypool Park. The mfr. of Pontypool Japan ware, introduced in the reign of Charles II., and once extensively carried on, has long been transferred to other places. Pontypool is an important railway centre.

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