View near the historic market town of Abergavenny. The predominant local industries were coal mining and ironwork, which meant that the town prospered, particularly in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. During the 18th century artists sought rather desperately to point up the 'picturesque' nature of the landscape, and even industrial scenes were painted to look attractive. Note the emphasis in this picture on the surrounding scenery rather than the actual mineworks. The Wye Valley was considered a particularly excellent place to tour on account of its varied scenery and medieval ruins.