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ORIGIN OF THE WORD " PONTYPOOL."

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ORIGIN OF THE WORD PONTYPOOL." To the Editor of the Free Press, Sir,—Some few days ago I was led to enquire into the origin of the word Pontypool." It is quite evi- dent that the word as spelt at the present day affords no meaning whatever, and I therefore concluded that it must be founded upon some tradition. After a little research I found that it is based upon the following, viz.:—" Many hundreds of years ago (definite time not stated) a gentleman lived in this neighbourhood by the name of Dafydd Ap Howel, who was the Priest of the Parish of Trefethin, and who for conveni- ence, and to enable the inhabitants living this side of Afon (River) Llwyd to attend Church on Sundays when the river was flooded, erected a bridge, which in time was called after his name. In time, also, the small village that lay adjacent to this bridge was called by the same name, viz., Pont Dafydd Ap Howel' (Bridge of David, the son of Howel)." This word, like many others, gradually got cor- rupted. It was once called Pont Ap Howel," and by degrees it came to be spelt as we spell it at the present time. It will be seen at a glance that the greatest harmony exists between the words "Pont Ap HowS and Pontypooland if the reader will but pronounce the former words rapidly he will find that he will produce nothing more than the word Ponty- pool."—I have submitted this, thinking it would not be uninteresting to some of your readers to know. I am, Sir, yours, &c., GAMMA.

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