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South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan shown within Wales as a preserved county
South Glamorgan shown within Wales as a preserved county
Status Welsh county (1974-1996) Preserved county (1996-)
2003 area 475 km²
Ranked 8th
HQ Cardiff Bay
Chapman code SGM
Created 1974
Abolished 1996
Succeeded by Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan
Preserved county of South Glamorgan
2007 population 445,000 (est; 2003 borders)[1]
Ranked 3rd
Governance South Glamorgan County Council
Type Non-metropolitan districts
Units 1. City of Cardiff
2. Vale of Glamorgan

South Glamorgan is a preserved county of Wales.

It was originally formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a county council area. It consisted of the county borough of Cardiff along with the southern part of the administrative county of Glamorgan, and also the parish of St Mellons from Monmouthshire.

These areas were divided between two districts: Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan (this was an unusually low number of districts to be created in a county in the Act: the only other being the Isle of Wight). It included the main towns of Barry, Cardiff, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and Penarth

South Glamorgan County Council was abolished on April 1, 1996, with both district councils becoming unitary authorities. The unitary authorities took in four communities from Mid Glamorgan, with Wick, St Brides Major, and Ewenny going to the Vale of Glamorgan, with Pentyrch and Creigiau becoming part of Cardiff.

South Glamorgan continues in existence as a preserved county for purposes such as lieutenancy, and as such includes those four communities.


  1. ^ 2007 population estimate (using 2003 preserved borders for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan), Office for National Statistics,, retrieved 15 October 2008  

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