During 2012 – 2016 volunteers from the Abergavenny and District Civic Society studied the streets, spaces and buildings of Abergavenny and Mardy outside the town centre (already the subject of a County Council appraisal).
The process is known as ‘characterisation’, defined by the Welsh Government as ‘capturing the local distinctiveness by identifying how places have been shaped over time’, and the study started as a pilot project with the Civic Trust for Wales.
This unique record of what makes each part of our town distinctive, and often rather special, increases our awareness of the qualities that need to be considered and respected when new development is proposed. We hope that the planning authority will take note of our survey and take account of our views.
We also hope that our studies will increase residents’ understanding and appreciation of their town, encouraging them to take an active interest in how change is managed in the future, or perhaps to conduct more research into aspects of the town’s development – and of course to join the Civic Society
The following pages are the outcome of the study. We would welcome further contributions from residents of the town or anyone else with an interest in its past and future.
- Have we made any mistakes?
- Can you add to the history of the area?
- Do you agree with our impressions of the area?
- What have we missed that should have been recorded?
Comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find the areas that interest you please refer to the following map and list of numbered reports: