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Abergavenny (Welsh: Abergafenni or Y Fenni) is a market town in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is 14 miles west of Monmouth. Situated at the confluence of a small stream called the Gavenny with the River Usk, it is almost surrounded by lofty hills. The town was formerly walled, and contains the remains of a castle built soon after the Norman Conquest, frequently the scene of border strife. It is in the Welsh Marches.

The church of St Mary belonged originally to a Benedictine monastery founded early in the 12th century. The existing building, however, is Decorated and Perpendicular.

Abergavenny, often known as 'Aber' to the locals, was the Roman Gobannium, a small fort guarding the road along the valley of the Usk for keeping the peace among the hill tribes. There is practically no trace of this fort. The name is associated with the Celtic smith god Govannon. Abergavenny (Bergavenny) grew under the protection of the lords of Abergavenny, whose title dated from William I (the Conqueror).

Owing to its situation, the town was frequently embroiled in the border warfare of the 12th and 13th centuries, and Giraldus Cambrensis relates how in 1173 the castle was seized by the Welsh. Hamelyn de Baalun, first lord of Abergavenny, founded the Benedictine priory, which was subsequently endowed by William de Braose with a tenth of the profits of the castle and town. At the dissolution of the priory part of this endowment went towards the foundation of a free grammar school, the site itself passing to the Gunter family. During the Civil War prior to the siege of Raglan Castle in 1645, Charles I visited Abergavenny, and presided in person over the trial of Sir Trevor Williams and other Parliamentarians.

In 1639 Abergavenny received a charter of incorporation under the title of bailiff and burgesses. A charter with extended privileges was drafted in 1657, but appears never to have been enrolled or to have come into effect. Owing to the refusal of the chief officers of the corporation to take the oath of allegiance to William III in 1688, the charter was annulled, and the town subsequently declined in prosperity.

Chapter 28 of the 1535 Act of Henry VIII, which provided that Monmouth, as county town, should return one burgess to Parliament, further stated that other ancient Monmouthshire boroughs were to contribute towards the payment of the member. In consequence of this clause Abergavenny on various occasions shared in the election, the last instance being in 1685. Reference to a market at Abergavenny is found in a charter granted to the prior by William de Braose (d. 1211). The right to hold two weekly markets and three yearly fairs, as held ever since, was confirmed in 1657. Abergavenny was celebrated for the production of Welsh flannel, and also for the manufacture, whilst the fashion prevailed, of goats' hair periwigs.

The title of Baron Abergavenny, in the Neville family, dates from Edward Neville (d. 1476), who was the youngest son of the 1st Earl of Westmoreland by Joan Beaufort, daughter of John of Gaunt. He married the heiress of Richard, Earl of Worcester, whose father had inherited the castle and estate of Abergavenny, and was summoned in 1392 to parliament as Lord Bergavenny. Edward Neville was summoned to parliament with this title in 1450. His direct male descendants ended in 1387 in Henry Neville, but a cousin, Edward Neville (d. 1622), was confirmed in the barony in 1604. From him it has descended continuously, the title being increased to an earldom in 1784; and in 1876 William Nevill (sic) 5th earl (b. 1826), an indefatigable and powerful supporter of the conservative party, was created 1st Marquess of Abergavenny.

Abergavenny is the home of Abergavenny Thursdays Football Club, which was formed in 1927 and is currently a member of the Gwent County League Division 3. The club's current position comes within 15 years of their being one of the top sides in Welsh football, winning the old format Welsh Football League in 1991 and 1992 but being relegated in 1993 after just one season in the newly formed League of Wales. The club suffered relegation from the Welsh Football League in 2001 and has since slipped through the next two divisions into its current position, although the future is now looking brighter.

For more information see: http://www.abergavenny.co.uk/


  Trains in Abergavenny: Abergavenny is on the Welsh Marches Line


 Libraries in Abergavenny:
 Abergavenny Library
       Baker Street
       Abergavenny
       NP7 5BD
 01873 735980
 Mon 9.30am-5.30pm
       Tue 10.00am-5.30pm
       Wed 9.30am-5.00pm
       Thur 9.30am-8.00pm
       Fri 9.30am-5.30pm
       Saturday: 9.30am-1.00pm
 Wheelchair access, Hearing loop


 Theatre in Abergavenny: Borough Theatre


 Arts in Abergavenny:
 The Art Shop and Gallery
       8 Cross Street,
       Abergavenny
       NP7 5EH
 01873 852690
 http://www.artshopandgallery.co.uk


 Castles in Abergavenny:
 Abergavenny Castle & Museum
       Castle Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EE
 01873 854282


 Cricket in Abergavenny:
 Abergavenny Cricket Club
       Avenue Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7DA
 01873 852350


 Farmers Markets in Abergavenny:
 Abergavenny Farmers Market
       Market Hall
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP15 7EN
       9.30am-2.30pm Fourth Thursday each month
 01873 860271
 http://www.abergavennyfarmersmarket.co.uk


 Golf in Abergavenny:
 Wernddu Golf Centre
       Old Ross Road
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 8NG
 01873 856223


 Rugby in Abergavenny: Abergavenny RFC


 Football in Abergavenny: Abergavenny Thursdays FC


 Tennis in Abergavenny:
 Monmouthshire Croquet & LTC
       Monmouthshire LTC & CC
       Penpergwyn
       Abergavenny
       NP7 9AS
 01600 860 005


 Vets in Abergavenny:
 Riverside Veterinary Centre
       60 Brecon Rd
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7RB
       01873 857544

 Abbey Veterinary Centre
       The Surgery
       St Arvans Chambers
       Hereford Rd
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5PR
 01873 852391


 Tourist Information Centres in Abergavenny:

 Telephone:

01873 857588

 Fax:

01873 850217

 Email:

abergavenny.tic@monmouthshire.gov.uk

 Address:

Swan Meadow
Monmouth Road
Abergavenny
Monmouthshire
NP7 5HH

 Hours:

Winter 7 Days  10:00 - 16:00
Summer
7 Days 10:00 - 17:30


 Pubs/Bars in Abergavenny:
 Abergavenny Hotel
       21 Monmouth Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5HF

 Angel Hotel
       Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EH

 The Beaufort Arms
       Main Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 0AU
 01873 832235

 Belmont Inn
       22 Monmouth Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5HH
 01873 850074

 The Black Lion
       Lion Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5PE
 01873 853993

 Bridgend Inn
       Church Lane
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 9RP
 01873 830177

 Bridgend Inn
       49 Main Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 0AU

 Cantref Inn
       61 Brecon Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7RA

 The Coliseum
       Lion Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5PE
 01873 736960

 Colonial Inn
       Frogmore Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AH

 Cordell Country Inn
       Blaenavon Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 9NY
 01873 830436

 The Corn Exchange Inn
       Crickhowell Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 0DG

 Crown & Sceptre Inn
       Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 6HU
 01873 852295

 The Crown Inn
       Old Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7HR

 Grasshoppers
       St. Johns Street,
       Abergavenny.
       Gwent
       NP7 5RT
       01873 854939

 Great George Hotel
       49 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5ER
 01873 854230

 Hen and Chickens
       7 Flannel Street
       Abergevenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EG
       01873853613

 Kings Arms
       29 Nevill Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AA

 The Kings Head
       60 Cross Street
       Abergavenney
       Gwent
       NP7 5EU
 01873 853575

 King of Prussia
       Penpergwm,
       Abergavenny.
       Gwent
       NP7 9AR
 01873 840232

 The Lion Hotel
       Lion Terrace
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 0BU

 The Lion Inn
       Merthyr Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 9PT

 Llanfoist Inn
       Merthyr Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 9LP

 The Malthouse Wine Bar
       Lion Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5PB
 01873 852754

 Market Tafarn
       Lion Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5NT
       01873 854682

 Navigation Hotel
       51 Main Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 0AU
 01873 830213

 New Inn
       Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 6LE
 01873 853512

 The Old Mitre
       Old Mitre
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 6NU

 Phillips Me
       Lower Station Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 0LY

 Plas Derwen
       Monmouth Road,
       Abergavenny.
       Gwent
       NP7 9SP
       01873 853144

 Skirrid Mountain Inn
       Llanvihangel Court
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 8DH
 01873 890258

 Somerset Arms
       Victoria Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5DT
 01873 852158

 Station Hotel
       37 Brecon Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5UH
       01873 854759

 Thornbury Hotel
       47 Brecon Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7RA

 Victoria Inn
       Victoria Court Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5PW

 Welsh Guardsman
       51 Frogmore Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AR
 01873 853423


 Restaurants in Abergavenny:
 Luigi's (Italian)
       10 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EH
 01873 855103

 Greco & Son
       40 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5ER
 01873 854840

 The Greyhound Vaults
       Market Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5SD
 01873 858549

 The Malthouse (Italian)
       Newmarket Close
       Lion Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5PB
 01873 859960

 Sunbarbon Restaurant
       7 Monk Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5ND
 01873 852692

 Shahi Balti Restaurant (Indian)
       5 Mill Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5HE
 01873 859201


 Cafes in Abergavenny:
 Annette Cafe
       2 Lewis Walk
       Lewis Lane
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5BA
 01873 850699

 Chatterbox Cafe
       Lion House
       King Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5SE
 01873 857164

 Harry's
       3 St Johns Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5RT
 01873 852766

 Lazy Days Cafe
       8 Frogmore Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AG
       01873 855572

 Madhatters
       58 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EU
 01873 859839

 Sues Pantry
       5 Market Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5SD
 01873 853482

 The Trading Post
       14-18 Nevill Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AD
 01873 855448


 Take Aways in Abergavenny:
 Balti Delight
       31 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EW
 01873 856975

 Charlie's
       4 Rother Avenue
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 6DB
 01873 854654

 China Garden
       43 Frogmore Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AN
 01873 856363

 Family Kebabs
       35 Frogmore Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AN
 01873 857222

 Istanbul Kebab House
       44 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5ER
       01873 859761

 KJ's Fish Bar
       21 Frogmore Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AH
       01873 857012

 Mighty Bite
       42 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5ER
 01873 852595

 Pick A Pizza
       30 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EW
 01873 857881

 Sing Lee
       20 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EW
 01873 854917

 Top Nosh Take Away
       31 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EW
 01873 856975


 Taxis in Abergavenny:
 Abergavenny Cars
       Station Rd
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5HS
 01873 859777

 Action Cabs
       Abbotsleigh Merthyr Rd
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5DB
 01873 854652

 Ant Cabs
       27 Commercial St
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5DY
 01873 858899

 Britannia Cars
       4 Hillside
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7RS
 01873 854656

 Central Cars
       Lewis Lane
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 9LH
 01873 850197

 Lewis Taxis
       1 Trinity Terrace Baker St
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5BE
 01873 854140


 Hotels in Abergavenny:
 Abergavenny Hotel
       21 Monmouth Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5HF
 01873 855324

 The Angel Hotel
       15 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EN
 01873 857121

 The Kings Head
       59 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EU
 01873 853575

 The Swan
       33 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5ER
 01873 852829

 B&B's/Guesthouses in Abergavenny:
 The Black Lion
       43 Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5PY
 01873 851920

 Park Guest House
       36 Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5RA
 01873 853715

 Thornbury Lodge B&B
       45-47 Brecon Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7RA
 01873 852608


 Campsites/Caravans in Abergavenny:
 Pont Kemys Caravan Park
       Chainbridge
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 9DS
 01873 880688
 01873 880270
 info@pontkemys.com
 http://www.pontkemys.co.uk/

 Pyscodlyn Caravan Park
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 7ER
 01873 853271
 01873 853271
 http://www.pyscodlyncaravanpark.com/

 Llanthony Campsite
       Court Farm
       Llanthony
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 7NN
  01873 890359
 http://www.llanthony.co.uk/camping.html


 Retail in Abergavenny:
 Tesco - Abergavenny Metro
       26 Frogmore Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AH
  0845 6778995

 Waitrose - Abergavenny
       Merthyr Road
       Llanfoist
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 9LL
  01873 851184


St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny. Photograph © John Ball, Brecon.


 Places of Worship in Abergavenny:
 Abergavenny Baptist Church
       Frogmore Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AH
 01873 859287

 Abergavenny Family Church
       Gateway Christian Centre
       Monk Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5ND
  01873 853126

 Abergavenny Family Church
       Rehoboth Christian Centre
       Castle Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EE
 01873 859849

 Abergavenny Methodist Church
       6 Croesonen Parc
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 6PD
 01873 853097

 Christ Church
       North Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7EA
 01873 853168

 Our Lady & St Michael (RC)
       Pen-y-Pound
       Abergavenny
       NP7 5UD
 01873 856660

 The Salvation Army
       19 Cantref Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 7DL
 01873 854819

 St Cadoc's Church
       The Bryn
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 9AJ
 01873 840373

 St Marys Priory Church
       Monk Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5ND
 01873 853168


 Schools/Colleges in Abergavenny:
 Cantref Primary School (Primary)
       Harold Road
       Abergavenny
       NP7 7DG
 01873 854697
 cantrefprimary@monmouthshire.gov.uk

 Croesonen Infants School (Infant)
       Croesonen Road
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 6AE
 01873 855210

 Darenfelin Junior & Infants School (Primary)
       Llanelli Hill
       Nr. Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 0NR
 01873 830619

 Deri View Primary School (Primary)
       Llwynu Lane
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 6AR
 01873 735 010
 01873 735 012
 deriviewprimary@monmouthshire.gov.uk

 Harold Road Junior School & Special Needs Unit (Junior)
       Harold Road
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 7DG
 01873 853236

 King Henry Viii Comprehensive School (Secondary)
       Old Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 6EP
 01873 735373
 01873 735305

 Llwynu Infants School (Infant)
       Llwynu Lane
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 6AR
 01873 853350

 Our Lady & St Michael's School (Primary)
       R.C. Primary School
       14 Pen Y Pound Road
       Abergavenny
       NP7 5UD
 01873 735080

 Park Street Infants School (Infant)
       Park Street
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 5YB
 01873 852420

 St Davids Junior School (Junior)
       St David's Road
       Abergavenny
       Monmouthshire
       NP7 6HF
 01873 854697

 Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni (Primary)
       Old Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       NP7 6EL
 01873 852388


 Chemists/Pharmacies in Abergavenny:
 Boots The Chemist
       2 Cross Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5EH
 01873 853207

 H Shackleton & Co
       1 Nevill Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5AA
 01873 853219

 H Shackleton Ltd
       22-24 Brecon Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5UG
 01873 854310


 Doctors/GPs in Abergavenny:
 Hereford Road Surgery
       6 Hereford Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5PR
 01873 851155

 Old Station Surgery
       Brecon Road
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5UH
 01873 859000

 Tudor Gate Surgery
       Tudor Street
       Abergavenny
       Gwent
       NP7 5DL
 01873 855991


 

 

The images below are © Mark Davies
 To view a larger image, just click on the image

Cycle Path Marker at Castle

Abergavenny Castle

River Usk from Llanfoist

Castle Meadow Footbridge, Abergavenny

Llanfoist Wharf

Govilon Footbridge - Mon & Brecon Canal

Govilon Wharf

 


Shannon (aka Marty Wilde) describes his vacation to Abergavenny



 

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