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Gwent - The Gateway to Wales

The Severn Bridge leads from England to the heart of the ancient kingdom of Gwent. Taking its name from Venta Silurum, capital of the Celtic tribe, the Silures, it is a region of some of the loveliest and most varied scenery in Wales as well as some of its most colourful history.

To the north west is “blaenau”, the upland mountains once scarred by coal and iron workings during the industrial revolution, now returned to wooded slopes and scenic drives. To the south lie the wide marshy “levels” of the Severn estuary and to the east the beautiful Wye valley with the remains of the Cistercian Abbey of Tintern.

A part of Wales, but open to English invaders, the region is dotted with the castles that testify to past struggles, from the Norman-built Chepstow to the magnificent 15th century showpiece of Raglan, one of the last Royalist strongholds during the Civil War.

No longer a county in administrative terms, Gwent is divided today into the unitary authorities of Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Newport and Caerphilly. Happily, however, Gwent still exists as a Guiding county, with the unitary authorities being reflected to some extent in its eight Divisions, ranging in size from Newport down to Blaenau Gwent. Guiding in Gwent is flourishing! Our last census showed that over 3,000 girls in Gwent aged between five and sixteen are members of the Movement, from the youngest Rainbow to the oldest ranger.

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County Commissioner
Mrs. Andrea Rodley

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