Abergavenny is a thriving market town in the county of Gwent in South Wales. It is 9 miles from Pontypool.
It is set at the mouth of the River Gafenni, where it joins the River Usk, and on the edge of the Brecon Beacons.
There was a Roman fort here called Gobannium.
Abergavenny Castle is now largely a ruin. It was here in 1176 that William de Braose had a group of Welsh lords, his guests for a Christmas feast, murdered in revenge for the killing of his uncle. Today there is a local museum in the castle precinct.
St. Mary's Church has an outstanding collection of monuments dating back to the 13th century.
Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, who had flown to Scotland in 1941 to try to negotiate peace, was kept during the war at Abergavenny Asylum.