John Hanbury (1744–1784)
John Hanbury (1744–1784) was one of a dynasty of ironmasters responsible for the industrialisation and urbanisation of the eastern valley through which runs the Afon Llwyd (in English "grey river") in Monmouthshire around Pontypool.
John Hanbury built the Shell Grotto, Pontypool and Folly Tower above Pontypool Park. He was the third of that name to head the family, and was the son of Capel Hanbury (1707 - 1765) and grandson of John Hanbury (1664–1734). His great grandfather Capel Hanbury (1625 – 1704) began the building of Pontypool Park House in 1659.
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