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Coordinates: 51°37′50″N 2°58′23″W / 51.630425°N 2.972997°W / 51.630425; -2.972997

Welsh: Pont-hir
Entering Ponthir from Llanfrechfa - geograph.org.uk - 1768474.jpg
Entering Ponthir from Llanfrechfa
Ponthir is located in Torfaen
 Ponthir shown within Torfaen
Area  3.43 km2 (1.32 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,482 [2]
    - Density  432 /km2 (1,120 /sq mi)
OS grid reference ST 327 928
Community Ponthir
Principal area Torfaen
Ceremonial county Gwent
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWPORT
Postcode district NP18
Dialling code 01633
Police Gwent
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Monmouth
Welsh Assembly Monmouth
List of places

Ponthir (Welsh: Pont-hir) is a large village and community at the south-west of the county borough of Torfaen on the boundary of the city of Newport, South Wales. It is approximately six miles from Newport city centre and 3½ miles from Cwmbran, lying between the settlements of Caerleon and Llanfrechfa.


The Welsh language placename indicates the correct pronunciation; i.e. saying the 't' and 'h' separately. The name means 'long (hir) bridge (pont)'.

History & amenities[edit]

Ponthir is primarily a residential area, with several new housing estates around the older village. It has a primary school, (Ponthir Church in Wales Primary School) which was for some time under threat of closure but was reprieved, and it now has the best SATs results in Torfaen. It also changed its category to a Voluntary aided school (church) school.

Ponthir has many amenities such as two nurseries, two children's playgrounds, two churches, a village hall, a cricket club, a football club (Ponthir United), 2 pubs - The Ponthir House and The Star, a grocery shop, a doctor and a dentist.

It is surrounded by the rolling hills of Monmouthshire, many farms, and the Afon Llwyd (grey river) runs through it.

There used to be a railway station but it closed in 1962. The railway is still in use.

A Welsh Water sewage and water treatment plant for the surrounding area is located here.


  1. ^ "2011 Census:Quick Statistics:Population Density for Ponthir". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ "2011 Census:Key Statistics:Key Figures for Ponthir". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 Nov 2013. 

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