Monmouth Area Guide

Monmouth meaning "town on the Monnow" is a traditional county town in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is situated 36 miles (58 km) northeast of Cardiff, and 127 miles (204 km) west of London. It is within the Monmouthshire local authority, and the parliamentary constituency of Monmouth. According to the 20011 census, its population was 10,508 at the 2011 census.

The History of Monmouth

The town was the site of a small Roman fort, Blestium, and became established after the Normans built a castle here after 1067. Its mediaeval stone gated bridge is the only one of its type remaining in Britain.

Monmouth later became a tourist centre at the heart of the Wye Valley, as well as a market town. It now acts as a shopping and service centre, and as a focus of educational and cultural activities for its surrounding rural area.

The town was visited in 1802 by Admiral Horatio Nelson, who knew the importance of the area's woodland in providing timber for the British Navy and approved a Naval Temple built in his honour on the nearby Kymin Hill.

Living in Monmouth Today

Monmouth is located beside the A40 dual carriageway road that links the M4 motorway at Newport in South Wales with the M50 motorway at Ross-on-Wye; this connects in turn with the M5 motorway south of Worcester in the West Midlands. The town is linked to Chepstow in the south and Hereford in the north by the A466 road. Regular bus services run between the town and Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Coleford, Chepstow, Newport and Abergavenny. The nearest major airports to Monmouth are at Bristol (41 miles (66 km)) and Cardiff (49 miles (79 km)). London Heathrow Airport is 120 miles (190 km) away.

House Values in Monmouth

Most of the sales in Monmouth over the past year were detached properties which on average sold for £305,412. Semi-detached properties had an average sold price of £199,241 and flats averaged at £162,425.

Monmouth, with an overall average price of £241,164 was cheaper than nearby Cwmcarvan (£680,000), Trellech (£505,667) and Skenfrith (£436,250).

In the past year house prices in Monmouth were 7% up on the year before and similar to 2008 when they averaged at £241,362. 

Source: Rightmove September 2017


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