- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
The Vale of Glamorgan is classified as a county borough, but this was a term introduced in 1996. These new county boroughs in Wales are similar to places titled "district municipalities" in England. An explanation is found in the last paragraph of the "History" section of the article in Wikipedia:
- In 1974, the area became part of South Glamorgan, under the Local Government Act 1972. It created several problems in local governance, between the South Glamorgan County Council, Cardiff City Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council owing to their conflicting interests. It was a turbulent time for governance in the city of Cardiff, as for the first time in its history it had to share authority with the county council, which was larger and better resourced. In April 1996, the Vale of Glamorgan became a county borough of Wales (and a unitary authority), after forming part of South Glamorgan county. (Based on "The Local Government Reorganisation (Wales) (Staff) Order 1996")
All the settlements listed on the right as in the Vale of Glamorgan were in the county of Glamorgan before 1974 and in South Glamorgan 1974-1990.
- the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia
The Vale of Glamorgan is a county borough in Wales. The Vale of Glamorgan has a successful agriculture industry and is the most southerly county in Wales. The Vale of Glamorgan, sometimes known locally as the 'Vale,' has a rich history and geography and has a large number of towns, villages and attractions.
The Vale also has a number of notable locations including Barry Island Pleasure Park, known worldwide for the BBC sitcom, Gavin & Stacey. Other attractions include the Barry Tourist Railway, Porthkerry Park, St Donat's Castle, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Cosmeston Medieval Village. It is also the location of Atlantic College, one of the United World Colleges.
The largest town is Barry. Other towns include Penarth, Llantwit Major and Cowbridge. There are many villages in the county borough.
- GENUKI on Glamorgan Lots of leads to other sources.
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