17 Facts About Abergavenny


Abergavenny is a market town and community in Monmouthshire, Wales.

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Abergavenny is promoted as a Gateway to Wales; it is approximately 6 miles from the border with England and is located where the A40 trunk road and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road meet.

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Abergavenny is situated at the confluence of the River Usk and a tributary stream, the Gavenny.

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Abergavenny provides access to the nearby Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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Abergavenny grew as a town in early Norman times under the protection of the Baron Bergavenny.

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Abergavenny founded the Benedictine priory, now the Priory Church of St Mary, in the late 11th century.

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In 1175, Abergavenny Castle was the site of a massacre of Seisyll ap Dyfnwal and his associates by William de Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber.

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Reference to a market at Abergavenny is found in a charter granted to the Prior by William de Braose.

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In 1404 Abergavenny was declared its own nation by Ieuan ab Owain Glyndwr, illegitimate son of Owain Glyndwr.

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In 1639, Abergavenny received a charter of incorporation under the title of bailiff and burgesses.

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Abergavenny was celebrated for the production of Welsh flannel, and for the manufacture, whilst the fashion prevailed, of goats' hair periwigs.

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Abergavenny married the heiress of Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, whose father had inherited the castle and estate of Abergavenny, and was summoned in 1392 to parliament as Lord Bergavenny.

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The Abergavenny Writing Festival began in April 2016 and is a celebration of writing and the written word.

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Abergavenny was the home of Abergavenny Thursdays FC, formed in 1927 and merged with Govilon, the local village side in 2013.

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Abergavenny is the home of Abergavenny RFC, a rugby union club founded in 1875 who play at Bailey Park.

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Abergavenny hosted the British National Cycling Championships in 2007,2009 and 2014, as part of the town's Festival of Cycling.

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Abergavenny Castle is located strategically just south of the town centre overlooking the River Usk.

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