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West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan shown within Wales as a preserved county
West Glamorgan shown within Wales as a preserved county
Geography
Status Welsh county (1974-1996) Preserved county (1996-)
2003 area 820 km²
Ranked 6th
Chapman code WGM
History
Created 1974
Abolished 1996
Succeeded by Swansea
Neath Port Talbot
Preserved county of West Glamorgan
2007 population 365,500 (est; 2003 borders)[1]
Ranked 6th
Politics
Governance West Glamorgan County Council
Westglamarms.PNG
Coat of arms of West Glamorgan County Council
Subdivisions
Type Non-metropolitan districts
Units 1. Swansea
2. Lliw Valley
Neath
4. Port Talbot

West Glamorgan is a preserved county and former administrative county of Wales, one of the divisions of the ancient county of Glamorgan.

West Glamorgan was created on 1 April 1974, by the Local Government Act 1972 from the county borough of Swansea, the boroughs of Neath and Port Talbot, the urban districts of Glyncorrwg and Llwchwr, Gower Rural District, Pontardawe Rural District, and all of Neath Rural District except the parish of Rhigos. The main council offices were based in County Hall, Swansea.

West Glamorgan had four districts, as follows:

West Glamorgan County Council was abolished on 1 April 1996, being divided into the two unitary authorities of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. Lliw Valley was partitioned between the two authorities.

West Glamorgan has remained in existence as a preserved county for some limited functions such as lieutenancy.

References

  1. ^ 2007 population estimate (using 2003 preserved borders for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot), Office for National Statistics, http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_population/Mid_2007_UK_England_&_Wales_Scotland_and_Northern_Ireland%20_21_08_08.zip, retrieved 15 October 2008  

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