Subdivisions of Wales

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For local government purposes, Wales is divided into 22 unitary authorities. There are 9 counties, 3 cities, and 10 county boroughs, although all have equal status. Collectively these are known as the principal areas of Wales. They came into being on April 1, 1996.

See: List of Welsh principal areas by population, List of Welsh principal areas by area, List of Welsh principal areas by percentage Welsh language

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Principal areas of Wales

Areas are Counties, unless marked * (for Cities) or † (for County Boroughs). Welsh language forms are given in parentheses, where they differ from the English.

  1. Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful) †
  2. Caerphilly (Caerffili) †
  3. Blaenau Gwent
  4. Torfaen (Tor-faen) †
  5. Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)
  6. Newport (Casnewydd) *
  7. Cardiff (Caerdydd) *
  8. Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg) †
  9. Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) †
  10. Rhondda Cynon Taff
  11. Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot) †
  12. Swansea (Abertawe) *
  13. Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
  14. Ceredigion
  15. Powys
  16. Wrexham (Wrecsam) †
  17. Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)
  18. Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)
  19. Conwy
  20. Gwynedd
  21. Anglesey (Ynys Môn)
  22. Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
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Anglesey | Blaenau Gwent | Bridgend | Caerphilly | Cardiff | Carmarthenshire | Ceredigion | Conwy | Denbighshire | Flintshire | Gwynedd | Merthyr Tydfil | Monmouthshire | Neath Port Talbot | Newport | Pembrokeshire | Powys | Rhondda Cynon Taff | Swansea | Torfaen | Vale of Glamorgan | Wrexham

Name changes

The current names of the counties and county boroughs are in some cases different from those specified in the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994. The following changes took place, all with effect from April 2, 1996.

History

1888

From 1889 to 1974, administrative counties of Wales were used for local government for the first time. These were based on the traditional counties of Wales, but not entirely identical.

  1. Monmouthshire
  2. Glamorganshire (Glamorgan)
  3. Carmarthenshire
  4. Pembrokeshire
  5. Cardiganshire
  6. Brecknockshire (Breconshire)
  7. Radnorshire
  8. Montgomeryshire
  9. Denbighshire
  10. Flintshire
  11. Merionethshire (Merioneth)
  12. Caernarfonshire
  13. Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

There were also a number of administratively independent county boroughs (not shown):

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1974

In 1974, the existing administrative counties were replaced by eight new two-tier administrative counties. These were all given names in Welsh only, apart from the Glamorgans, which had English names as well as Welsh. The creation of these new administrative areas effectively separated the administrative counties from the traditional counties, although in reality this had occurred in 1889.

  1. Gwent
  2. South Glamorgan
    (De Morgannwg)
  3. Mid Glamorgan
    (Morgannwg Ganol)
  4. West Glamorgan
    (Gorllewin Morgannwg)
  5. Dyfed
  6. Powys
  7. Gwynedd
  8. Clwyd
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The division into districts of these was as follows

When these administrative counties were abolished in 1996, they were retained with slight amendations for some purposes such as Lieutenancy, and became known as the preserved counties of Wales. These were further amended in 2003 to ensure that each unitary area is wholly within one preserved county.


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Clwyd - Dyfed - Gwent - Gwynedd - Mid Glamorgan - Powys - South Glamorgan - West Glamorgan

1996

The redistribution of these districts into the current unitary authorities is as follows:

Unitary authoritiesPrevious districts
AngleseyAnglesey
Blaenau Gwentmost of Blaenau Gwent
Bridgendmost of Ogwr
CaerphillyIslwyn, Rhymney Valley
CarmarthenshireCarmarthen, Llanelli, Dinefwr
CardiffCardiff, part of Taff–Ely
CeredigionCeredigion
ConwyAberconwy, most of Colwyn
DenbighshireRhuddlan, parts of Glyndwr and Colwyn
FlintshireAlyn and Deeside, Delyn
GwyneddArfon, Dwyfor, Meirionnydd
Merthyr TydfilMerthyr Tydfil
MonmouthshireMonmouth, part of Blaenau Gwent
Neath Port TalbotNeath, Port Talbot, parts of Lliw Valley
NewportNewport
PembrokeshirePreseli, South Pembrokeshire
PowysMontgomeryshire, Radnorshire, Brecknock, part of Glyndwr
Rhondda Cynon TafRhondda, Cynon Valley, most of Taff-Ely
SwanseaSwansea, parts of Lliw Valley
TorfaenTorfaen
Vale of Glamorganmost of Vale of Glamorgan
Wrexhammost of Wrexham, parts of Glyndwr

See also

References

de:Liste walisischer Grafschaften fr:Subdivisions du Pays de Galles no:Hovedområde (Wales)

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