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Administrative Areas of Wales

The first table below shows the historic counties and their administrative sub-divisions before the first round of changes and lists the successor counties for each, that is the post-change counties which contain some or all of the original county area. The second table shows the counties after the first round of changes and lists their successor unitary authorities. In all cases only the top-tier authority is shown - either the top-tier in a two-tier arrangement or a single tier authority (shown italicised).

Additional information is provided where appropriate and available - the common abbreviation for the area; and the Chapman County Code (CCC), a unique 3 letter code for counties and regions.

For a brief description of the administrative changes in the United Kingdom see - Local Government Changes in the United Kingdom.

The following abbreviations are used in these tables:

Key
(C)County Borough
(U)Unitary Authority

Single-tier local authorities are shown italicised.

The links in the following table are to outline maps showing the location of each county.

Wales - changes of 1974
Historic CountyAbbrevCCCAdministration up to 1974Successor Counties
Anglesey AGYAngleseyGwynedd
Breconshire (1) BREBreconshirePowys
Gwent
Mid Glamorgan
Caernarvonshire CAECaernarvonshireGwynedd
CardiganshireCardsCGNCardiganshireDyfed
Carmarthenshire CMNCarmarthenshireDyfed
Denbighshire DENDenbighshireClwyd
Gwynedd
FlintshireFlintsFLNFlintshireClwyd
GlamorganGlamGLAGlamorgan
Cardiff (C)
Merthyr Tydfil (C)
Swansea (C)
Mid Glamorgan
South Glamorgan
West Glamorgan
Merionethshire MERMerionethshireGwenedd
Clwyd
MonmouthshireMonMONMonmouthshire
Newport (C)
Gwent
Mid Glamorgan
South Glamorgan
MontgomeryshireMontMGYMontgomeryshirePowys
Pembrokeshire PEMPembrokeshireDyfed
Radnorshire RADRadnorshirePowys

 

Wales - changes of 1996
Administration 1974-1996CCCSuccessor Unitary Authorities
ClwydCWDConwy (U)
Denbighshire (U)
Flintshire (U)
Powys (U)
Wrexham (U)
DyfedDFDCardiganshire (U)
Carmarthenshire (U)
Pembrokeshire (U)
GwentGNTBlaenau Gwent (U)
Caerphilly (U)
Monmouthshire (U)
Newport (U)
Torfaen (U)
GwyneddGWNAberconwy and Colwyn (U)
Anglesey (U)
Gwynedd (U)
Mid GlamorganMGMBridgend (U)
Caerphilly (U)
Cardiff (U)
Merthyr Tydfil (U)
Rhondda Cynon Taff (U)
Vale Of Glamorgan (U)
PowysPOWPowys (U)
South GlamorganSGMCardiff (U)
Vale Of Glamorgan (U)
West GlamorganWGMNeath and Port Talbot (U)
Swansea (U)

Notes

  1. Also known as Brecnockshire.

© GENUKI and Contributors 1993, 1997

Page created by Phil Lloyd in January 1993. Revised and updated in September 1997 by Brian Pears.