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Preserved counties of Wales

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Preserved counties of Wales

Preserved counties (Wales)
  1. Gwent
  2. South Glamorgan
  3. Mid Glamorgan
  4. West Glamorgan
  5. Dyfed
  6. Powys
  7. Gwynedd
  8. Clwyd
Category Lieutenancy areas
Location Wales
Created by Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 (c. 19)
Created 1 April 1996
Number 8 (as of 2008)

The preserved counties of Wales are the current areas used in Wales for the ceremonial purposes of lieutenancy and shrievalty. They are based on the counties created by the Local Government Act 1972 and used for local government and other purposes between 1974 and 1996.


  • Usage 1
  • Boundary changes 2
  • List of preserved counties 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 abolished the eight ceremonial counties created by the Local Government Act 1972. However, it created the concept of preserved counties based on their areas, to be used for purposes such as Lieutenancy. This usage was consolidated by the Lieutenancies Act 1997[1]

Certain statutes already in force were amended to include reference to them — as of 16 February 2011, the only remaining provisions still extant are:[2]

  • The Sheriffs Act 1887 (c. 55) – the counties that High Sheriffs are appointed to are the preserved counties.
  • The Defence Act 1842 (c. 94) – Lieutenants are those appointed to preserved counties.
  • The Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 (c. 83) – relevant portions of the sea shore shall be deemed to be within preserved counties.

Boundary changes

The preserved counties were originally almost identical to the 1974–96 counties, but with a few minor changes in line with local government boundary changes: Caerphilly and Conwy, split between preserved counties.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales were instructed by the

  1. ^ "23", Lieutenancies Act, UK: OPSI, 1997 .
  2. ^ a b Review of Preserved County Boundaries Final Proposals, UK: Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales .
  3. ^ "Preserved Counties (Amendment to Boundaries) (Wales) Order", Legislation, UK: OPSI, 2003 .
  4. ^ The Preserved Counties of Powys and Mid Glamorgan (Changes in Area) Order 2010
  5. ^


See also

Name Comprises Area (km²) Population
Clwyd Conwy
2,910 491,100
Dyfed Carmarthenshire
5,780 375,200
Gwent Blaenau Gwent
1,553 560,500
Gwynedd Gwynedd
Isle of Anglesey
3,262 187,400
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend
Merthyr Tydfil
Rhondda Cynon Taf
781 423,200
Powys Powys 5,196 132,000
South Glamorgan Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan
475 445,000
West Glamorgan Neath Port Talbot
820 365,500

The population figures are mid-year estimates for 2007 from the Office for National Statistics, grouping component unitary authority area figures into their respective preserved counties.[5]

List of preserved counties

The boundary between Mid Glamorgan and Powys was further modified on 1 April 2010 to reflect the 2009 local government boundary changes in the Vaynor area.[4]

[3] The Assembly accepted these proposals such that from 2 April 2003 each preserved county now encompasses between one and five whole local government areas.[2]

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