Torfaen (Welsh: Tor-faen) is a county borough in South Wales. Formerly in the west of Monmouthshire, between 1974 and 1996 it was a district in the preserved county of Gwent.
The name Torfaen is corrupted Welsh language for rock breaker and refers to the river that flows through the county borough from its source in Blaenavon. The river in question is now known as the Afon Llwyd (English: grey river).
The area has a population of around 91,000. Much of the southern parts of the county borough are now urbanised around the Cwmbran New Town conurbation. The north of the county borough is greener and retains vast acres of countryside, especially on the route to Blaenavon.
The administrative centre is Pontypool in the centre of the county borough. Most of the administration of Torfaen County Borough Council is conducted from the Civic Centre here, although facilities at the County Hall in Cwmbran are shared with Monmouthshire County Council.
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