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Pontardulais, vil. with ry. sta., on border of Car-
marthenshire and Glamorgan, at the junction of rivers
Dulais and Llwchwr, 6 miles NE. of Llanelly; P.O., T.o.,
1 Bank; is a fishing station.

Pont-ar-Ithon, bridge, at the confluence of rivers
Ithon and AVye, on border of Brecknockshire and Rad-
norshire, 4 miles NW. of Builth.

Pontdoigoch, ry. sta., Montgomeryshire, in S. of
co., 7 miles W. of Newtown.

Pontefract (or Pomfret), parl. and mun. bor.,
market town, par., and township, E. div. West-Riding
Yorkshire, near confluence of rivers Aire and Calder, 10
miles E. of Wakefield, 14 miles SE. of Leeds, and 173
miles from London by rail—par., 6796 ac., pop. 14,717 ;
township, 238 ac., pop. 6335; mun. bor. (comprising
Pontefract, Pontefract Park, Monkhill, and Tanshelf
townships), 4078 ac., pop. 8798; parl. bor. (comprising
also Carleton, Ferry-Frystone, and Knottingley town-
ships), 7316 ac., pop. 15,332; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 3
newspapers. Market-day,
Saturday. Pontefract (i.e.,
Broken Bridge) is an ancient town, and dates from
Roman and Saxon times. The castle, built in 1080, and
dismantled by Lambert the Parliamentarian in 1649,
figures prominently in history, among the many tragic
scenes within its walls being the murder of Richard II.
in 1399. The ancient churches of St Giles and All
Saints are prominent features of the town, which also
possesses a town hall of 1656, a market house of 1859,
and a grammar school of the time of Edward VI. The
industries include iron and brass founding, the mfrs. of
earthenware, bricks, tiles, and pipes, sack and hearth-
rug making, malting, brewing, and tanning. The grow-
ing and refining of liquorice for the lozenges called
“ Pomfret cakes ” is largely carried on ; collieries and
extensive gardens and nurseries are in the neighbour-
hood. Pontefract was chartered in the reign of Richard

I., and sent 2 members to Parliament from the time
of James I. until 1885. It now returns 1 member.

Pontefract Park, township, Pontefract par. and bor.,
E. div. AVest-Riding Yorkshire, 1395 ac., pop. 66.

Ponteland, par., township, and vil., Northumber-
land, on river Pont—par., 10,541 ac., pop. 1006; town-
ship, 1898 ac., pop. 447; vil., 8 miles NAV. of Newcastle
on Tyne; P.O., T.o.

Ponterwydd, place with inn, Cardiganshire, in NE.
of co., 11 miles E. of Aberystwith; P.O. ; is situated
in a deep and narrow dingle at the confluence of rivers
Castell and Rheidol, and is a fishing station.

Pontesbright. See Pontisbright.

Pontesbury, par. and vil. with ry. sta., Shropshire
—par., 10,667 ac., pop. 3060; vil., 8 miles SAV. of
Shrewsbury; P.O., T.o.; the par. is ecclesiastically
divided into 3 “ Portions ”—First Portion, pop. 1387;
Second Portion, pop. 901; Third Portion, pop. 772.

Pontesford Bridge, 1 mile NE. of Pontesbury, Shrop-
shire ; P.O.

Pontewan, vil. with small harbour, on coast of Corn-
wall, 4 miles E. of . St Austell; shares in the working of
large quarries in the vicinity. The once productive tin
mines of Pontewan are now practically useless, being
for the most part submerged.

Pontfadog, eccl. dist. and ry. sta., Llangollen par.,
Denbighshire, pop. 918; the sta. is 3J m. NW. of Chirk.

Pontfaen.—ry. sta., at Chirk, Denbighshire. — 2.
Pontfaen, par., in N. of Pembrokeshire, on river
Gwaen, 4 miles SAV. of Newport, 695 ac., pop. 45; P.O.,
called Pontvane. — 3. Pontfaen, Glamorgan. See

Pontfathew, vil., 2 m. NE. of Towyn, Merioneth; P.O.

Ponthenry, hamlet, Carmarthenshire, 6 miles NAV.
of Llanelly; P.O.

Ponthir, ry. sta., 3 miles N. of Newport, Monmouth.

Pontisbrigbt (or Chapel), par. (ry. sta. Chapel),
Essex, on river Colne, 7 miles NAV. of Colchester, 1176
ac., pop. 363; P.O., called Chappie.

Pontlanfraith, hamlet, in AV. of Monmouthshire, 24
miles SAV. of Crumlin; P.O.

Pontlottyn, eccl. dist. and vil. with ry. sta.,
Gelligaer par., Glamorgan—dist., pop. 6587 ; vil., on E.
border of co., 1 mile SE. of Rhymney; P.O.; a large
number of the inhabitants are employed in the Rhymney

Pontneddfyclian, vil., on S. border of Brecknock-
shire, at the confluence of the rivers Neath and Pyrddin

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