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Islwyn
Islwyn shown within Wales
Geography
Status Borough
HQ Blackwood
History
Created 1974
Abolished 1996
Succeeded by Caerphilly county borough
Arms of Islwyn Borough Council


The Borough of Islwyn was one of five local government districts of Gwent from 1974 to 1996.

The district was formed under the Local Government Act 1972 from part of the administrative county of Monmouthshire, namely the urban districts of Abercarn, Mynyddislwyn and Risca, and the Bedwellty urban district less the wards of Aberbargoed, Cwmsyfiog, New Tredegar and Phillipstown.

The district's name (meaning below the grove) was derived from the ancient parish of Mynyddislwyn which covered its area. This was shown in the borough's coat of arms which represented a mountain below a grove of oak trees. Islwyn was also the nom de plume of local poet William Thomas (1832-1878).

The borough was abolished in 1996, when its area became part of the unitary county borough of Caerphilly.

Islwyn continues as a Westminster constituency and a Welsh Assembly constituency.

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