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Clwyd
Clwyd
(Welsh pronunciation: [ˈklʊɨd]) is a preserved county of Wales, situated in the north-east corner of the country; it is named after the River Clwyd, which runs through the county. To the north lies the Irish Sea, Cheshire
Cheshire
is to the east and Shropshire
Shropshire
to the south-east, both in England. The Welsh counties of Powys
Powys
and Gwynedd lie to the south and west respectively. Clwyd
Clwyd
additionally shares a maritime border with the metropolitan county of Merseyside
Merseyside
along the River Dee. Between 1974 and 1996, it was a county with a county council, one of the eight counties into which Wales
Wales
was divided, and was subdivided into six districts. In 1996, the county of Clwyd
Clwyd
was abolished, and the new unitary authorities of Wrexham, Conwy
Conwy
County Borough, Denbighshire, and Flintshire
Flintshire
were created; under this reorganisation, "Clwyd" became a preserved county, with the name being retained for certain ceremonial functions. This area of northeastern Wales
Wales
has been settled since prehistoric times, the Romans built a fort beside a ford on the River Conwy, and the Normans
Normans
and Welsh disputed the territory. They built their castles at strategic locations as they advanced and retreated, but in the end, England
England
prevailed, and Edward I conquered the country in 1282. In the following centuries, the Welsh people were repressed and there were numerous uprisings and rebellions against English rule. The Act of Union in 1535 incorporated Wales
Wales
under the English Crown and made it subject to English law. Traditionally, agriculture was the mainstay of the economy of this part of Wales, but with the Industrial Revolution, the North Wales Coalfield was developed and parts of eastern Clwyd
Clwyd
around the Dee estuary and Wrexham
Wrexham
became industrialised. The advent of the railway running from Chester
Chester
along the North Wales
Wales
coast in the mid-nineteenth century made it easy for urban dwellers from Lancashire
Lancashire
and Cheshire to visit the seaside towns of North Wales, and nowadays, tourism is the main source of income in Clwyd.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography 3 Economy 4 Administrative history 5 2003 boundary review 6 Legacy 7 Landmarks 8 Transport 9 See also 10 Further reading 11 References

History[edit] North Wales
Wales
has had human settlements since prehistoric times. By the time the Romans reached Britain, the area that is now Clwyd
Clwyd
was occupied by the Celtic Deceangli
Deceangli
tribe. They lived in a chain of hill forts running through the Clwydian Range
Clwydian Range
and their tribal capital was Canovium
Canovium
at an important river crossing on the River Conwy.[1] This fell to the Romans, who built their own fort here, in about 75 AD and the whole of Wales
Wales
was soon under their control. After the Roman departure from Britain in 410 AD, the successor states of Gwynedd
Gwynedd
and Powys
Powys
controlled what is now Clwyd. From about 800 onwards, a series of dynastic marriages led to Rhodri Mawr inheriting the kingdoms of Gwynedd
Gwynedd
and Powys. After his death, this kingdom was divided among his three sons and further strife followed, with not only Welsh battles being fought, but also many raids by Danes and Saxons.[2]

Denbigh
Denbigh
in about 1775, from A tour in Wales
Wales
by Thomas Pennant

The Normans
Normans
conquest of England
England
at first had little effect on North Wales. This was to change as the city of Chester
Chester
on the River Dee became the base for successive campaigns against the country in the thirteenth century. The coastal plain of Clwyd
Clwyd
was the main invasion route used and a number of castles were built there to facilitate these advances. The castles at Flint and Rhuddlan
Rhuddlan
date from this period, and were the first to be built by Edward I of England
Edward I of England
in North Wales
Wales
during his successful conquest in 1282.[3] After this, the rule of the Welsh Princes was at an end and Wales
Wales
became annexed to England. The country was known as the Principality of Wales
Wales
during the period 1216 to 1536. From 1301, the crown's lands in north and west Wales, including Clwyd, formed part of the appanage of England's heir apparent, who was given the title "Prince of Wales". This was a time of repression for the Welsh people and there were numerous uprisings and rebellions against English rule. Under the Act of Union of 1535, Wales
Wales
became permanently incorporated under the English Crown and subject to English law.[3]

Bersham
Bersham
Ironworks

Although the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
did not much affect the rural parts of Clwyd, there was considerable industrial activity in the North Wales
Wales
Coalfield in the north-east of the county, particularly around Wrexham.[4] The Bersham Ironworks
Bersham Ironworks
at Bersham, in the same area, was at the forefront of technological advances and was most famous for being the original working site of the industrialist John Wilkinson who invented new processes for boring cannons.[5] The Williams-Wynn family of Wynnstay
Wynnstay
had become rich after the dissolution of the monasteries and owned vast estates in Clwyd
Clwyd
with resources including lead, tin and copper as well as corn and timber.[6] Geography[edit] The county of Clwyd
Clwyd
is in the northeastern corner of Wales. It is bounded by the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
to the north, the Welsh counties of Gwynedd to the west and Powys
Powys
to the south, and the English counties of Shropshire
Shropshire
and Cheshire
Cheshire
to the southeast and east respectively; much of the eastern boundary follows the course of the River Dee and its estuary. Other large rivers in the county include the River Alyn, a tributary of the Dee, the River Clwyd
River Clwyd
and the River Conwy
River Conwy
in the west. The northern coastal strip of the county is heavily developed for tourism and has many resorts, including Llandudno, Colwyn
Colwyn
Bay, Colwyn, Abergele, Rhyl
Rhyl
and Prestatyn. In the northeast lies Deeside, the coastal plain beside the Dee estuary, and this part of Clwyd
Clwyd
is heavily developed for industry. The area around Wrexham
Wrexham
and the commuter settlements close to Chester
Chester
are also heavily built up.[7]

Sheep grazing with the Clwydian Range
Clwydian Range
behind

To the west of this is a ridge of mountains with a steep scarp slope to the west, the Clwydian Range. The highest point of these hills is Moel Famau
Moel Famau
at 1,820 ft (555 m). The north-central part of the county is the broad Vale of Clwyd, and the best agricultural land lies here. To the south of this, the land is much higher and more rugged, the Denbigh
Denbigh
Moors and the Berwyn range
Berwyn range
are here. The central and western parts of the county are much more rural than the coastal area and the east, with part of the Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park
lying in the western part of the county.[7] The population as of 2007 is estimated at 491,100, based on figures for the four component unitary authority areas.[8] Clwyd
Clwyd
is bordered by the preserved counties of Gwynedd
Gwynedd
to the west, Powys
Powys
to the south, Shropshire
Shropshire
to the south-east, Cheshire
Cheshire
to the east and Merseyside
Merseyside
over the River Dee. Since the 2003 boundary changes, its coastline has extended from the Dee Estuary
Dee Estuary
in Flintshire
Flintshire
through to Llanfairfechan
Llanfairfechan
in Conwy. Clwyd
Clwyd
consists of the whole of the historic county of Flintshire, and most of Denbighshire. Since 2003 it has also included the former district of Aberconwy, which lies in the historic county of Caernarfonshire, and also Edeyrnion Rural District which was previously part of the historic county of Merionethshire.[9] Economy[edit]

Limestone quarry at Minera Mountain

The economy of Clwyd
Clwyd
depends on a mixture of industrial, agricultural and tourism activities, with tourism predominating. The land uses of any region depend on the underlying geology which influences the soil types. In the Clwydian Range, lead and spar minerals have been mined in the past, and limestone quarried from Llantysilio Mountain, Ruabon Mountain and Minera Mountain near Wrexham.[10] The Minera Limeworks were once the largest lime workings in North Wales. Later, road building stone was extracted but the quarries closed in 1992.[11] Coal mining in the North Wales
Wales
Coalfield ceased in the second half of the twentieth century but used to be a large source of employment in the area.[12] The main products being manufactured in industrial east Clwyd
Clwyd
include aircraft components (Airbus), engines (Toyota), paper (Shotton Paper) and steel processing, and the port of Mostyn
Mostyn
builds and supports offshore windfarms.[13] Agriculture, largely based on livestock, has traditionally been the main occupation in the central and western parts of the county. There are a mix of large and small farm businesses, and a thriving dairy sector in the Vale of Clwyd.[14] Many of the towns have livestock markets and the farming industry supports farm machinery merchants, vets, feed merchants, contractors and all the ancillary trades connected with agriculture.[6] With their incomes on the decline, farmers have found opportunities in tourism, rural crafts, specialist food shops, farmers' markets and value-added food products.[15]

The Pier at Rhyl, about 1900

Tourism is nowadays the main source of income in Clwyd. The upland areas with their sheep farms and small, stone-walled fields are attractive to visitors, and redundant farm buildings are often converted to self-catering accommodation while the farmhouses themselves supply bed-and-breakfast opportunities. The arrival of the railway on the coast in the mid-nineteenth century opened up travel from Merseyside
Merseyside
and caused a boom in tourism, with guesthouses in seaside towns offering board and lodging for the urban visitors. More recently caravan sites and holiday villages have blossomed and there has been an increase in the ownership of "second homes".[16] Various initiatives designed to boost the economy of North Wales
Wales
are being attempted in 2016. These include the Northern Gateway project on the former Sealand RAF site on Deeside, and a redevelopment project for the former Rhyl
Rhyl
seafront and funfair.[17] Administrative history[edit] From the late 1950s, the radical reform of local government in Wales was considered more pressing than that in England, due to the small size of many of the existing authorities, especially the upper tier county councils. The Local Government Commission for Wales
Wales
set up in 1958 was the first to recommend wholesale amalgamation of the administrative counties outside Glamorgan
Glamorgan
and Monmouthshire, with extensive boundary changes; however the then Minister of Housing and Local Government Sir Keith Joseph
Keith Joseph
decided not to accept the report, noting that county amalgamations in England
England
had been highly unpopular when proposed.[18] In 1967, after a change of government, the Secretary of State for Wales
Wales
Cledwyn Hughes
Cledwyn Hughes
published a white paper which revived the idea of amalgamation, but instead of the boundary changes proposed in the previous report, treated each county as a whole. The report recommended a single new county of Gwynedd
Gwynedd
incorporating Denbighshire, Flintshire, Caernarfonshire, Merionethshire
Merionethshire
and Anglesey. The white paper stated that "the need for early action is particularly urgent in Wales", and so the issue was not referred to a Royal Commission as in England.[19] Opponents criticised the proposed new county for being too large, and in November 1968 a new Secretary of State announced that Gwynedd
Gwynedd
would be divided into two.[20] This revised proposal was continued in a further white paper in March 1970, although this proposed that the counties be unitary authorities which would have no district councils below them. The incoming Conservative government resurrected two-tier local government in a consultative document published in February 1971, again with the same upper-tier boundaries.[21] Some minor changes having been made to the existing county boundaries due to special local factors, the Local Government Act 1972 duly created Clwyd
Clwyd
as a merger of Flintshire
Flintshire
with most of Denbighshire, along with the Edeyrnion Rural District from Merionethshire.[22] The 1970 white paper had introduced the name of Clwyd
Clwyd
by reference to the River Clwyd
River Clwyd
and the Clwydian range of hills; Clwyd
Clwyd
was the only new Welsh county which did not take its name from an ancient kingdom.[23]

Districts of Clwyd: 1, Colwyn 2, Rhuddlan 3, Glyndwr 4, Delyn 5, Alyn & Deeside 6, Wrexham
Wrexham
Maelor

For second-tier local government purposes, Clwyd
Clwyd
was divided into six districts: Alyn and Deeside, Colwyn, Delyn, Glyndŵr, Rhuddlan
Rhuddlan
and Wrexham
Wrexham
Maelor, each being operated by a district or borough council.[22] These were abolished, along with the county itself, on 1 April 1996.[24] Clwyd
Clwyd
County Council's coat of arms was granted in December 1974. The design of the shield, crest and motto includes elements taken from the arms of the councils of the former Flintshire and Denbighshire. The green and white wave represents the Vale of Clwyd
Clwyd
and the Clwydian Range
Clwydian Range
lying between the two parts of the county. The cross and choughs come from Flintshire's shield, which itself incorporated the traditional arms of Edwin of Tegeingl, while the black lion of the Princes of Powys
Powys
Fadog is taken from Denbighshire's shield. The motto, Tarian Cyfiawnder Duw can be translated as "The shield of Justice is God".[25] Clwyd
Clwyd
County Council and its districts were abolished by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, and local government would be replaced by the four unitary authorities of Flintshire, Wrexham
Wrexham
County Borough, Denbighshire, and parts of Conwy
Conwy
(along with some smaller communities moving to Powys). The Act also abolished the County, and states the term "county" would be synonymous with the "principal areas" created by the 1994 Act. However the Act then created a further set of "preserved counties", which were based on the eight created by the 1972 Act. These Preserved Counties, similar in respect to English Ceremonial counties, would be retained for a variety of purposes, including Lieutenancy
Lieutenancy
and Shrievalty.[26] Clwyd
Clwyd
County Council and its six districts ceased operations at midnight on 1 April 1996, and local government was immediately transferred to the new principal areas of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire
Flintshire
and Wrexham. However, although bearing the same names, the boundaries of Flintshire
Flintshire
and Denbighshire
Denbighshire
were substantially different from those of the earlier counties. As it happened, the county records for historic Flintshire
Flintshire
had been retained at the Hawarden
Hawarden
branch of the Clwyd
Clwyd
Records Office while those for historic Denbighshire
Denbighshire
had continued to be held at the Ruthin
Ruthin
branch, so there was no problem in segregating the records.[27] The Preserved County of Clwyd
Clwyd
came into effect on the same day that Clwyd
Clwyd
County Council was abolished. The preserved county was almost identical to the 1974–96 county, but had a few minor changes in line with changes to local government boundaries, the communities of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Llansilin
Llansilin
and Llangedwyn
Llangedwyn
being transferred from Clwyd
Clwyd
to Powys.[28] 2003 boundary review[edit]

Clwyd
Clwyd
as a preserved county since 2003.

In 2003, the borders of Clwyd
Clwyd
were changed to cover the remainder of Conwy
Conwy
(which had previously been part of Gwynedd), which was part of a Wales-wide re-organisation of the preserved counties, so that boundaries of the preserved counties would contain whole current principal areas only.[9] These moves were met with some criticism, as the preserved counties were created to sustain a stable and continuing layout, irrespective of interim local government reviews affecting principal areas. This led to some areas, such as the Aberconwy district, moving to a preserved county it had never been administered by in the past, and therefore these moves went generally unreported due to the preserved county's limited status. The Boundary Commission proceeded to retain the eight preserved counties, and modified their borders in 2003 to match with the incumbent principal area boundaries. The 2003 arrangement brings towns such as Llandudno, Conwy
Conwy
and Betws-y-Coed into the preserved county of Clwyd.[9] Legacy[edit] Many local organisations still make use of the word "Clwyd" in their name, often because their membership covers a wider area than their present unitary authority. These organisations include the Clwyd Theatr Cymru, which is based in Mold and is the largest producing arts centre in Wales. It provides young people the opportunity to get involved in drama. The Clwyd
Clwyd
Family History Society can help its members to access many historical documents concerning northeastern Wales,[29] and the Clwyd- Powys
Powys
Archaeological Trust is one of four archaeological trusts covering the whole of Wales.[30] The Clwyd County Darts Association organises tournaments and takes part in inter-county matches.[31] The Clwyd East Football League was created in 2011 to represent the North East Wales
Wales
area at the fifth tier of Welsh Football. It has subsequently changed its name to the North East Wales
Wales
Football League.[32] The Clwyd
Clwyd
Pension Fund is the Local Government pension scheme inherited from Clwyd
Clwyd
County Council, now providing pension schemes for Wrexham, Flintshire
Flintshire
and Denbighshire unitary authorities and former districts.[33] The position of Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd also continues as the Monarch's personal representative, as with the other seven preserved counties of Wales. The current Lord Lieutenant is Henry George Fetherstonhaugh, who was appointed in 2013.[34] Landmarks[edit]

Narrowboat
Narrowboat
crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
was built by Thomas Telford
Thomas Telford
in 1805 and is the largest aqueduct in the United Kingdom; it carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee and is a World Heritage Site, being considered a masterpiece of civil engineering.[35] The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley constitute an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of just five in the whole of Wales.[36] Denbigh, Colwyn
Colwyn
and Ruthin
Ruthin
are historic towns and Llangollen
Llangollen
hosts the Llangollen
Llangollen
International Musical Eisteddfod in July each year.[37] The Gop
The Gop
is a Neolithic
Neolithic
mound, the second largest such structure in Britain being only superseded by Silbury Hill. Caer Drewyn
Caer Drewyn
is one of many Iron Age
Iron Age
hill forts in the county that attest to human occupation of this area for millennia. Maen Achwyfan Cross is a carved 10th century wheel cross depicting Celtic and Viking symbols.[37] The castles of Rhuddlan[38] and Flint[39] were built by the Normans
Normans
during their invasion of North Wales
Wales
and Castell Dinas Brân
Castell Dinas Brân
was a Welsh fortress of the same period. St Asaph Cathedral
St Asaph Cathedral
also dates from the thirteenth century as does the medieval Cistercian abbey of Valle Crucis.[37] Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden
is a formal garden in a landscaped setting,[40] and Erddig
Erddig
Hall is a stately home, both owned by the National Trust. Other fine country houses in Clwyd
Clwyd
include Trevor Hall and Faenol Fawr, Bodelwyddan, while Plas Mawr
Plas Mawr
and Aberconwy House
Aberconwy House
are historic town houses in Conwy.[41] Also in Conwy
Conwy
is the Conwy
Conwy
Suspension Bridge, one of the first such bridges in the world.[42] Transport[edit]

Virgin Voyager approaching Flint railway station

The North Wales
Wales
Coast Line is the railway line from Crewe
Crewe
to Holyhead, operated by Virgin Trains. Trains leaving Crewe
Crewe
pass through Chester, cross the River Dee into Wales, and continue through Flint, Shotton, Holywell junction, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn
Colwyn
Bay, Llandudno
Llandudno
Junction, Conwy
Conwy
and Bangor, to Holyhead, from where there is a ferry service to Ireland. Passengers can change at Shotton for the Borderlands Line, which links Wrexham
Wrexham
with Bidston
Bidston
on the Wirral Peninsula
Wirral Peninsula
in England.[43] The Conwy
Conwy
Valley Line links Llandudno
Llandudno
Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog via Betws-y-Coed
Betws-y-Coed
and was constructed mainly for use as a freight line for the transport of slate to the quay at Deganwy
Deganwy
for export by sea. It is a scenic route with a number of request stops.[44] There are no motorways in Clwyd. The A55 dual carriageway road passes from Chester
Chester
through St Asaph
St Asaph
to the North Wales
Wales
coast at Abergele, after which it runs parallel to the railway line through Conway and Bangor to terminate at Holyhead. The A548 passes from Chester
Chester
to Abergele
Abergele
through Deeside
Deeside
and along the coast, before leaving the coast and terminating at Llanrwst. The main road from London is the A5 which enters Clwyd
Clwyd
at Chirk
Chirk
and passes northwestwards through Llangollen, Corwen
Corwen
and Betws-y-Coed
Betws-y-Coed
to join the A55 and terminate at Bangor. The A543 crosses the Denbigh
Denbigh
Moors from southeast to northwest, and the A525 links Ruthin
Ruthin
with St Asaph.[45] There are local bus services between the main centres of population. Several services by Arriva Wales
Wales
run along the main coast road between Chester
Chester
and Holyhead, linking the coastal resorts. Other routes include; Llandudno
Llandudno
to Llanrwst
Llanrwst
and Betws-y-Coed
Betws-y-Coed
via Conwy
Conwy
and Dolgarrog; Rhyl
Rhyl
to Denbigh; Wrexham
Wrexham
to Chester; and Wrexham
Wrexham
to Mold.[46] See also[edit]

List of Lord Lieutenants of Clwyd List of High Sheriffs of Clwyd List of places in Denbighshire List of places in Flintshire List of places in Conwy
Conwy
County Borough List of places in Wrexham
Wrexham
County Borough

Further reading[edit]

Gordon Emery - Curious Clwyd
Clwyd
(1994) ISBN 1-872265-99-5

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Preserved counties of Wales

Clwyd Dyfed Gwent Gwynedd Mid Glamorgan Powys South Glamorgan West Glamorgan

Coordinates: 53°05′N 3°16′W / 53.09°N 3.27°W

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