A RETIRED journalist and author has written a new book documenting how Abergavenny has changed over the years in pictures.

Abergavenny History Tour, by Irena Morgan, provides a unique insight into into the changing face of the market town.

With photos provided by Abergavenny Museum, the book provides a guided tour around the streets, alleyways, parks and buildings of the town and how they have changed.

Mrs Morgan, who is also the author of Abergavenny Through Time and Abergavenny Past and Present, has added new photos and also focused on the First and Second World Wars in her new book.

These include the war memorial by Gilbert Ledward which is in Frogmore Street and stands as a tribute to the 3rd Batallion Monmouthshire Regiment who fell in the First World War.

Chapters are also dedicated to Bailey Park and a photo of the former open air swimming pool - which has recently seen a campaign launched to bring it back - is featured.

The pocket-sized book, published by Amberley Publishing, also has a location map to help readers follow the timeline of events.

Historic landmarks of the town are highlighted as well as more recent events such as the town’s reputation for its food markets.

The book tells how the Normans arrived in the 11th century and founded a walled town which grew into what we know today.

Traces of the wall still remain.

The book captures how in 2016 the National Eisteddfod, the premier cultural event in Wales, made a return with an attendance of 140,000 between July 29 and August 6.

It was previously last held in 1913.

Mrs Morgan, a member of the Friends of Castle Meadows, has been presented with the Gwent Local History Councilo Award for her previous work.

She led the project to create six children’s plaques in Abergavenny, and the associated twin standing stones Eisteddfod tribute in Swan Meadows.

Proceeds from the sales of the book will go to Abergavenny Museum.

The book, priced at £6.99, can be bought at amberley-books.com.