Tag Archives: Gwynedd

Conwy

CONWY Unitary authority, with the status of a borough, in north Wales. It was created in 1996 by uniting the Aberconwy district in eastern Gwynedd (the lower valley of the Conwy and the coastlands either side of its estuary, including … Continue reading

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Clwyd

CLWYD County of northeastern Wales, now ceremonial only.   The River Clwyd flows roughly northwards across the north of the county to reach the Irish Sea to the west of Rhyl;  the Clwydian Hills lie to the east of the river.   … Continue reading

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Ceri

CERI Commote in eastern Wales, south of Cedewain, perhaps originally the southern part of the cantref of Cedewain. Although it lay on the border with England south of Montgomery (Kerry Hill lies west of Clun Forest in Shropshire) the hill … Continue reading

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Cedewain

CEDEWAIN   Or, Cydewain. Commote in eastern Wales, west of Montgomery, in the upper Severn valley.   It lay on the southern fringes of Powys, which tried to dominate it, but it also attracted the attention of the powerful Kingdom of Deheubarth … Continue reading

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Cardiganshire

CARDIGANSHIRE   The Welsh translation is SIR ABERTEIFI;  the Welsh name for the region is CEREDIGION. County of western Wales until 1975. Cardiganshire was formed in 1284 by joining the royal territory around the town and castle of Cardigan with the … Continue reading

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Caernarfonshire & Merionethshire

CAERNARFONSHIRE & MERIONETHSHIRE The name proposed for a new unitary authority in northwest Wales from 1996, which would unite the districts of Arfon, Dwyfor and Meirionydd, then in the soon-to-be abolished county of Gwynedd.   In fact the unitary authority took … Continue reading

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Arwystli

ARWYSTLI Cantref  in central Wales, containing the source and upper reaches of the Severn, and part of the upper reaches of the Wye. It lay on the southern borders of the principality of Powys, but, as a buffer territory, it … Continue reading

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Arfon

ARFON    A cantref in the medieval principality of Gwynedd in northwest Wales.  It included Snowdon and the shores that lay on and westwards of the Menai Straits (its name means opposite Mon, the Welsh name of Anglesey).  In 1284 Arfon … Continue reading

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Ardudwy

ARDUDWY     A commote in the cantref of Dunoding and the principality of Gwynedd in northwestern Wales.   It lay between the Rivers Glaslyn (in the northwest) and Mawddach (in the south and southeast), and included Harlech, Barmouth, and Ffestiniog.  In 1284 … Continue reading

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Anglesey

ANGLESEY   MON. (1) Island off the northwestern coast of Wales; (2) a county, which included Holy Island, close to the western coast of Anglesey, until 1974;  and (3) a unitary authority (as the ISLE OF ANGLESEY) from 1996. Anglesey was conquered … Continue reading

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Aberffraw

ABERFFRAW   Or, Aberffro.   Medieval Welsh cantref in the west of the Isle of Anglesey plus Holy Island. Anglesey was the bread basket of the Principality of Gwynedd, and the chief residence of the Princes of Gwynedd was to be found in … Continue reading

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