|So, where is the subject of this anomaly?
The English county of Monmouthshire was largely subsumed in 1974 by the Welsh county of Gwent. Click here to see a 1939 map of Monmouthshire. Note the border in red, clearly showing the county as being wholly within England.
However, English Democrats intend only that part of the pre-1974 Monmouthshire should revert to England should a majority of its citizens wish, not those areas of Gwent forming part of Wales prior to 1974.
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According to some politicians and commentators, John Bartholomew got it wrong in his 1887 "Gazetteer of the British Isles", which described Monmouthshire as follows:
"Monmouthshire, maritime co., in West of England, bounded North by Herefordshire and Brecknockshire, East. by Gloucestershire, South by the Bristol Channel, and West by Glamorgan; greatest length, N. to S., 32 miles; greatest breadth, E. to W., 27 miles; area, 370,350 ac.; pop. 211,267. On the coast-line (22 m.) the only indentation is that formed by the mouth of the Usk......
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John Marius Wilson describes Monmouthshire in the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) thus -
MONMOUTHSHIRE, a maritime county of England....