Abergavenny is a market town in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is approximately 6 miles from the English border and 15 miles west of Monmouth, and has a population of 10,078. It was formerly the location of a Roman fort and it became a medieval walled town in the Welsh Marches. Abergavenny also holds the remnants of a medieval stone castle erected following the Norman conquest of Wales.
The town is often named 'the Gateway to Wales'. It lies at the confluence of the tributary stream Gavenny and the River Usk. It is enclosed by the mountains Blorenge and Sugar Loaf, and five hills. There is access to the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park through Abergavenny.
The amount of Welsh speakers in Abergavenny has increased a lot in recent years. The 2001 census recorded that 10% of the population spoke Welsh, whereas in 1991 2% said they spoke it. The town also has a Welsh-speaking primary school called Ysgol Gymraeg y Fenni.
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