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Denbighshire
WalesDenbighshireTrad.png
Ancient extent of Denbighshire
Geography
1831 area 386,052 acres (1,562.30 km2)
1911 area 426,084 acres (1,724.30 km2)[1]
1961 area 427,978 acres (1,731.97 km2)[1]
HQ Denbigh and Ruthin
Chapman code DEN
History
Succeeded by Clwyd and Gwynedd
Demography
1831 population
- 1831 density
83,629[2]
0.2/acre
1911 population
- 1911 density
144,783[1]
0.3/acre
1961 population
- 1961 density
174,151[1]
0.4/acre
Politics
Governance Denbighshire County Council (1889-1974)

Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, and a former administrative county, which covered an area in north-east Wales. It was a maritime county, bounded to the north by the Irish Sea, to the east by Flintshire, Cheshire and Shropshire, to the south by Montgomeryshire and Merionethshire, and to the west by Caernarfonshire.

Under the Local Government Act 1972, the use of Denbighshire for local government and ceremonial purposes ended on April 1, 1974, with the creation of the new county of Clwyd. The present county of Denbighshire was created on April 1, 1996, covering a substantially different area.

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History

Denbighshire was created by the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542 from areas previously in the Marches. It was formed from Cantrefi taken as follows;

From Gwynedd:

  • Rhos
  • Rhufoniog
  • Dyffryn Clwyd

From Powys Fadog:

Geography

In the south and west of the county, the mountains of the Clwydian Range rise from 1000 to 2,500 ft (760 m) high. The east is hilly. There is some level ground along the coastal strip. The highest points are Moel Sych and Cader Berwyn at 2,713 feet (827 m). Pistyll-y-Rhaeader is a spectacular 240 feet (73 m) waterfall. The chief rivers are the Clwyd and the Dee. The River Conwy runs north along the western boundary.

The main towns in the area today are Rhyl, Denbigh, Llangollen, Llanrwst, and Ruthin. The most important industries are agriculture and tourism.

Places of special interest

Municipal reform

An administrative county of Denbighshire was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county was governed by an elected county council, who took over the functions of the Quarter Sessions courts.

The administrative county was subdivided into municipal boroughs and urban and rural districts.

Two civil parishes: Llaneilian yn Rhos and Llansanffraid Glan Conway were administered as part of Conway Rural District in the neighbouring county of Carnarvonshire. This area was sometimes called Glan Conway Rural District.

In 1935 the rural districts were reorganised by a County Review Order, and reduced to five in number: Aled, Ceiriog, Hiraethog, Ruthin and Wrexham.

The administrative county was abolished in 1974, with most of the former county becoming part of Clwyd. The urban district of Llanrwst and five rural parishes were included in Gwynedd.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Vision of Britain - Denbighshire population (area and density)
  2. ^ Vision of Britain - 1831 Census

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Ancient county of Denbigh
Image:WalesDenbighshireTrad.png
Geography
Area: (1891) 423,477 (1,713 km²)
Rank: Ranked 7th
Administration
County town: Denbigh
Chapman code: DEN

Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is one of thirteen traditional counties of Wales, and a former administrative county, covering an area in north Wales. It is a maritime county, bounded to the north by the Irish Sea, to the east by Flintshire, Cheshire and Shropshire, to the south by Montgomeryshire and Merionethshire, and to the west by Caernarfonshire.

Under the Local Government Act 1972, the use of Denbighshire for local government and ceremonial purposes ended on April 1, 1974, although it remains in use as a general geographic area and for other purposes.

A local government principal area named Denbighshire was created on April 1, 1996, covering a substantially different area.

Contents

History

Denbighshire was created by the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542 from areas previously in the Marches. It was formed from Cantrefi taken from Gwynedd Is Conwy and Powys Fadog, to include:

Geography

In the south and west of the county the mountains of the Clwydian Range rise from 1000 to 2500ft high. The east of the county is hilly. There is some level ground along the coastal strip. The highest points are Moel Sych and Cader Berwyn at 2,713 feet. Pistyll-y-Rhaeader is a spectacular 240 feet waterfall. The chief rivers are the Clwyd and the Dee. The River Conwy runs north along the western boundary. The modern county of Denbighshire borders Powys ot the south, Flintshire and Wrexham to the east and Gwynedd to the west.

The main towns are Rhyl, Denbigh, Llangollen, Llanrwst, and Ruthin. The most important industries are agriculture and tourism.

Places of special interest

  • Bodnant Gardens, Tal-y-Cafn (grid reference SH7972);
  • Chirk Castle (grid reference SJ2638);
  • Denbigh Castle (grid reference SJ0565);
  • Eliseg's Pillar (grid reference SJ2044);
  • Plas Newydd, Llangollen (grid reference SJ2241);
  • Valle Crucis Abbey (grid reference SJ2044).

Administrative county

Denbighshire
Administration
Status: Administrative county
HQ: Ruthin
History
Created: 1889
Abolished: 1974
Succeeded by: Clwyd and Gwynedd
Area
1891: 424,235 acres
1961: 427,978
Population
1891: 118,843
1971: 185,149

An administrative county of Denbighshire was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888, identical to the geographical county. The county was governed by an elected county council, who took over the functions of the Quarter Sessions courts.

The administrative county was subdivided into municipal boroughs and urban and rural districts.

Two civil parishes: Llaneilian yn Rhos and Llansanffraid Glan Conway were administered as part of Conway Rural District in the neighbouring county of Carnarvonshire. This area was sometimes called Glan Conway Rural District.

In 1935 the rural districts were reorganised by a County Review Order, and reduced to five in number: Aled, Ceiriog, Hiraethog, Ruthin and Wrexham.

The administrative county was abolished in 1974, with the bulk becoming part of the new county of Clwyd. The urban district of Llanrwst and five rural parishes were included in Gwynedd.

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