Entering Ponthir from 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
Ponthir is primarily a residential area, with several new housing estates around the older village. It has a primary school, two nurseries, two children's playgrounds, two churches, a village hall, a cricket club, a football club (Ponthir United), two 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 Lwyd (grey river) runs through it.
There used to be railway station but it closed in 1962. The nearest stations are now at Newport and Cwmbran.
A sewage and water treatment plant for the surrounding area is located here.
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Ponthir and surrounding area
- www.ponthirchurchschool.co.uk : Link to Ponthir Church in Wales Primary School's Website