Place:Mid Glamorgan, Wales

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NameMid Glamorgan
Alt namesM Glamsource: BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002; Royal Mail: PAF Digest [online] (2002) accessed 16 Dec 2002
MGMsource: Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002). accessed 16 Dec 2002
TypePreserved county
Coordinates51.667°N 3.5°W
Located inWales     (1974 - 1996)
Also located inGlamorgan, Wales     ( - 1974)
See alsoBridgend (principal area), Walesunitary authority formed 1996
Merthyr Tydfil (principal area), Walesunitary authority formed 1996
Rhondda Cynon Taff, Walesunitary authority formed 1996
Caerphilly (principal area), Walesunitary authority formed 1996
Contained Places
Borough (county)
Merthyr Tydfil ( 1974 - 1996 )
Borough (municipal)
Aberfan ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rhondda ( 1974 - 1996 )
Civil parish
Aberdare ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bettws near Bridgend ( 1974 - 1996 )
Clydach Vale ( 1974 - 1996 )
Coety ( 1974 - 1996 )
Coychurch ( 1974 - 1996 )
Cymmer ( 1974 - 1996 )
Dowlais ( 1974 - 1996 )
Eglwysilan ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ewenny ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ferndale ( 1974 - 1996 )
Gelli gaer ( 1974 - 1996 )
Kenfig ( 1974 - 1996 )
Laleston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llandyfodwg ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llangeinor ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llangynwyd ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llanharan ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llanhari ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llanilid ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llantrisant ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llantwit Fardre ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llanwonno ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llwynypia ( 1974 - 1996 )
Merthyr Mawr ( 1974 - 1996 )
Merthyr Tydfil ( 1974 - 1996 )
Newcastle ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pen llin ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pencoed ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pentre ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pentyrch ( 1974 - 1996 )
Penydarren ( 1974 - 1996 )
Penygraig ( 1974 - 1996 )
Peterston super Montem ( 1974 - 1996 )
Porth ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pyle ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rhigos ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rhondda ( 1974 - 1996 )
St. Andrew's Minor ( 1974 - 1996 )
St. Bride's Major ( 1974 - 1996 )
St. Bride's Minor ( 1974 - 1996 )
Taff's Well ( 1974 - 1996 )
Treharris ( 1974 - 1996 )
Treherbert ( 1974 - 1996 )
Treorchy ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tylorstown ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tythegston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Van ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ynyshir ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ystrad Rhondda ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hamlet
Rhigos ( 1974 - 1996 )
Inhabited place
Abercynon ( 1974 - 1996 )
Aberdare ( 1974 - 1996 )
Brackla ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bridgend ( 1974 - 1996 )
Caerphilly ( 1974 - 1996 )
Cyfarthfa ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ewenny ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ewenny ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hirwaun ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hopkinstown ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llantrisant ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llwynypia ( 1974 - 1996 )
Maerdy ( 1974 - 1996 )
Maesteg ( 1974 - 1996 )
Mountain Ash ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ogmore Vale ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pencoed ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pentyrch ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pontycymer ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pontypridd ( 1974 - 1996 )
Porth ( 1974 - 1996 )
Porthcawl ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tonypandy ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tonyrefail ( 1974 - 1996 )
Treorchy ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ynyshir ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ynysybwl ( 1974 - 1996 )
Locality
Sger ( 1974 - 1996 )
Parish (ancient)
Aberdare ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bettws near Bridgend ( 1974 - 1996 )
Coety ( 1974 - 1996 )
Coychurch ( 1974 - 1996 )
Eglwysilan ( 1974 - 1996 )
Gelli gaer ( 1974 - 1996 )
Kenfig ( 1974 - 1996 )
Laleston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llandyfodwg ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llangeinor ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llangynwyd ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llanharan ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llanhari ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llanilid ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llantrisant ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llantwit Fardre ( 1974 - 1996 )
Llanwonno ( 1974 - 1996 )
Merthyr Mawr ( 1974 - 1996 )
Merthyr Tydfil ( 1974 - 1996 )
Newcastle ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pen llin ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pentyrch ( 1974 - 1996 )
Peterston super Montem ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pyle ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rhondda ( 1974 - 1996 )
St. Andrew's Minor ( 1974 - 1996 )
St. Bride's Major ( 1974 - 1996 )
St. Bride's Minor ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tythegston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Van ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Principal area
Bridgend (principal area) ( 1974 - 1996 )
Merthyr Tydfil (principal area) ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rhondda Cynon Taf ( 1974 - 1996 )
Registration district
Merthyr Tydfil Registration District ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ogwr Registration District ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pontypridd Registration District ( 1974 - 1996 )
Suburb
Brackla ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pentyrch ( 1974 - 1996 )
Township
Pencoed ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tythegston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Urban district
Aberdare ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bridgend ( 1974 - 1996 )
Caerphilly ( 1974 - 1996 )
Gelli gaer ( 1974 - 1996 )
Maesteg ( 1974 - 1996 )
Merthyr Tydfil ( 1974 - 1996 )
Mountain Ash ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pontypridd ( 1974 - 1996 )
Porthcawl ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rhondda ( 1974 - 1996 )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Mid Glamorgan is a preserved county of Wales. From 1974 until 1996, it was also an administrative county, with a county council.

Mid Glamorgan was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It consisted of part of the former administrative county of Glamorgan, and the county borough of Merthyr Tydfil, along with the parishes of along with the parishes of Penderyn and Vaynor from Breconshire (or Brecknockshire) and the urban districts of Bedwas and Machen, Rhymney and part of Bedwellty, from Monmouthshire.

It was divided into six districts:

Mid Glamorgan and its component districts were abolished in 1996 and the area split into the unitary authorities of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and part of Caerphilly as a result of the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994.

The communities of Wick, St. Bride's Major, Ewenny (from the Ogwr district) became part of the Vale of Glamorgan county borough, while Pentyrch (from the Taff-Ely district) was added to the Cardiff unitary authority area. Because of this, they became part of the preserved county of South Glamorgan. In 2003 the ceremonial borders were further adjusted, placing the entire Caerphilly county borough in the ceremonial county of Gwent.

The county council's offices were located in the Glamorgan Building (the former headquarters of Glamorgan County Council), in Cathays Park, Cardiff, in effect, outside of the Mid Glamorgan boundaries.

The county council's coat of arms was very similar to that of the previous council of Glamorganshire:

Or [gold], three chevronels gules between two clarions of the last in chief, and in base a Tudor rose barbed and seeded proper

The crest, as with Glamorganshire, was the same Welsh dragon rising from flames, only this time supporting a flag bearing three chevronels, from the arms of Iestyn ap Gwrgant, the last ruler of the old Kingdom of Morgannwg (Glamorgan). The coalminer and steel worker were retained as the supporters of the arms, but with their positions reversed. The motto A Ddioddefws A Orfu or "He who suffered, conquered" was also retained from Glamorganshire.

Research Tips

GENUKI on Glamorgan Lots of leads to other sources and descriptions of former parishes.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki on Glamorgan has recently been updated (early 2016) and looks remarkably like Wikipedia. Their map "Glamorgan Parish Map.jpg" enlarges to show all the original parishes. The sub-section "Parishes of Historic Glamorgan" lists all the parishes of Glamorgan and the newer preserved counties and principal areas in both English and Welsh. (Currently this website is still under construction.)

The first three maps are provided by A Vision of Britain through Time

These maps were found on Wikimedia Commons

These maps of Glamorgan post-1974 were found on another site and are very useful for sorting out the up-to-date geography of the area

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Mid Glamorgan. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.