Monmouth

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Coordinates: 51°48′32″N 2°43′10″W / 51.80893°N 2.71938°W / 51.80893; -2.71938

Monmouth (pronounced /ˈmɒnməθ/ MON-məth; Welsh: Trefynwy = "town on the Monnow") is a town in southeast Wales and traditional county town of the historic county of Monmouthshire. It is situated close to the border with England, where the River Monnow meets the River Wye with bridges over both.[1]

Monmouth is twinned with Carbonne, France and Waldbronn, Germany.

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Etymology

The name Monmouth is an English contraction of 'Monnow-mouth'. The Welsh name for the river, Mynwy, which may originally have meant "fast-flowing", was anglicised as Monnow. The town was originally known in Welsh as Abermynwy ("mouth of the Monnow"), replaced by Trefynwy ("Monnow town" - the initial m of Mynwy mutating in Welsh to f) by the 17th century.[2] The name is pronounced by those who live in the area as 'Mon-muth'; in most of Wales it is pronounced as 'Mun-muth'.[citation needed]

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