Unravelling 25 years of County Boundary and Name Changes!

We show you where to go and what to see in Wales

Ever wondered why you can't have a holiday in Brecknockshire, Caernarfonshire, Cardiganshire, Clwyd, Dyfed, Gwent, Merioneth, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire any more? We attempt an answer!
  • Current Counties (post 1996) are in Maroon, linked, with their Welsh name in brackets
  • You will normally see the words "Cyngor" (Council) and "Sir" (Shire) in front of the Welsh County Name - e.g. Cyngor Sir Penfro
  • Counties created in 1974 are in Dark Blue

West Wales - 1974 to 1996

  • Dyfed was created by the amalgamation of the Counties of Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire & Pembrokeshire

West Wales - Current Counties - 1996 to date

Mid Wales - 1974 to 1996

  • Monmouthshire became part of Gwent (see: South Wales 1974 to 1996)
  • Powys was created by the amalgamation of the Counties of Brecknockshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire

Mid Wales - Current Counties - 1996 to date

  • Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy) was re-instated, but lost Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Newport & Torfaen from pre 1974 Monmouthshire
  • Powys, uniquely, continued with unaltered boundaries

North West Wales - 1974 to 1996

  • Gwynedd was created by the amalgamation of the Counties of Anglesey, Caernarfonshire & Merioneth

North West Wales - Current Counties - 1996 to date

North East Wales - 1974 to 1996

  • Clwyd was created by the amalgamation of the Counties of Denbighshire & Flintshire

North East Wales - Current Counties - 1996 to date

South Wales - 1974 to 1996

  • Gwent was created out of Monmouthshire
  • Glamorgan became a Unitary authority

South Wales - Current Counties - 1996 to date

Confused? Well perhaps you should be!

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