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Pontypool Town Information




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An industrial town, Pontypool was once the base for the Welsh iron industry. The first forge was in operation as early as 1425, with smelting starting some time later. It was also the first place in Britain to manufacture tin plate.

A big attraction here is a local heritage museum that traces the history of the area, particularly the importance played by canals and the role of Richard Hanbury who pioneered tin-plating here in the 16th century.
Pontypool Folly - Photo © Guto Evans
Pontypool Folly - Photo: Guto Evans CCL