"Monmouthshire, maritime co., in W. of England, 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. The co. has a hilly appearance in the N.
and NW., and culminates in the Sugar Loaf (1954 ft.)"
from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles 1887