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Dyfed
Geography
Status Welsh county
1974 area 5765.75 km²
1996 area 5765.75 km²
Ranked 1st
HQ Carmarthen
History
Origin Kingdom of Dyfed
Created 1974
Abolished 1996
Succeeded by Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire, Pembrokeshire
Preserved county of Dyfed
Demography
1971 population 316,369
1992 population 351,100 (estimate)
2007 population 375,200 (estimate)[1]
Ranked 5th
Politics
Governance Dyfed County Council
Arms of Dyfed County Council -->

Dyfed (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈdəvɛd]) is a preserved county of Wales.

Dyfed was created by the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974. It was formed from the administrative counties of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and was divided into local government districts as so:

Administrative county
1889-1974
Local government districts
1974-1996
Cardiganshire Ceredigion
Carmarthenshire Carmarthen, Dinefwr, Llanelli
Pembrokeshire Preseli, South Pembroke

The Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed had previously been the Lord Lieutenant of Pembrokeshire, with the Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire and Lord Lieutenant of Carmarthenshire becoming Lieutenants. The Dyfed-Powys Police had been created a number of years earlier.

The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 broke up Dyfed and restored the ancient counties for administrative purposes on 1 April 1996: Cardiganshire (the council of which renamed itself Ceredigion), Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. The name Dyfed was retained for purely ceremonial purposes such as Lieutenancy.

Dyfed as a preserved county since 2003

References

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics - 2007 estimate (using 2003 preserved borders for Camarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire
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