With a population of approximately 28,000, Pontypool lies in the Afon Llwyd river located the county borough of Torfaen. Situated on the border of the famous South Wales coalfield, it is considered as an industrial center even as early as the 16th century due to it’s iron smelting and tinplate manufacturing industries.
Pontypool developed primarily thanks to its iron businesses. The iron industry started in Pontymoile in 1425, which is now a part of Pontypool. It only began in 1588 during the Elizabethan era when Richard Hanbury purchased a property in Pontypool. This is where the production of iron started in Pontypool.
Currently, production companies of steel, glass, rubber, and even electronics are operating here.
Downtown Pontypool has the typical indoor market and high street stores as well as the historic Poonty Park where the shell grotto, dry ski slope, and Folly Tower are located.