The county of Monmouthshire is in southeast Wales on the border with England. This is a very historic region, whose ownership was often disputed by the English and the Welsh. Only in the latter part of the 20th century was it officially declared Welsh territory. Pleasure boaters are drawn to hotels in Monmouthshire because of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. This waterway was completed in 1812 for commercial purposes, but is now a recreational feature. The capital of Monmouthshire is Cwmbran, a new town that was established in 1949. Its biggest attraction is the Cwmbran Shopping Center, which was updated in 2008. Of greater historical interest is the town of Monmouth, which dates back to Roman times. Monmouth Castle, whose ruins can still be seen, was the birthplace of King Henry V. Monmouth’s Monnow Bridge is a 13th century gated stone bridge that is the only remaining structure of its kind in Britain. The oldest surviving stone fortification in Britain is Chepstow Castle. It overlooks the River Wye, and was built in the 11th century as the Normans consolidated their conquest. It has often been used as a movie set.
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