Subdivisions of Wales in 1947; few changes were made by 1973

This is a list of the municipal boroughs, urban districts, and rural districts in Wales immediately prior to the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972 in 1974. The number of districts gradually reduced from their creation in 1894 through consolidation.

In addition to these 164 local government sub divisions of the 13 County Councils, Wales also had 4 county boroughs, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil. Following the establishment of the Welsh Office in 1966, and subsequent legislative processes, the question of whether Monmouthshire (including Newport) should be considered as being within Wales was no longer in serious dispute, and it was finally conclusively resolved by the Local Government Act 1972.


District Successor
Aethwy Rural District Anglesey
Amlwch Urban District Anglesey
Beaumaris Borough Anglesey
Holyhead Urban District Anglesey
Llangefni Urban District Anglesey
Menai Bridge Urban District Anglesey
Twrcelyn Rural District Anglesey
Valley Rural District Anglesey

Brecon (Brecknockshire)

District Successor
Brecknock Rural District Brecknock
Brecon Borough Brecknock
Brynmawr Urban District Blaenau Gwent
Builth Wells Rural District Brecknock
Builth Wells Urban District Brecknock
Crickhowell Rural District Blaenau Gwent, Brecknock
Hay Rural District Brecknock
Hay Urban District Brecknock
Llanwrtyd Wells Urban District Brecknock
Vaynor and Penderyn Rural District Merthyr Tydfil, Brecknock, Cynon Valley
Ystradgynlais Rural District Brecknock


District Successor
Bangor Borough Arfon
Bethesda Urban District Arfon
Betws-y-Coed Urban District Aberconwy
Caernarfon Royal Borough Arfon
Conwy Borough Aberconwy
Criccieth Urban District Dwyfor
Gwyrfai Rural District Arfon, Dwyfor
Llandudno Urban District Aberconwy
Llanfairfechan Urban District Aberconwy
Lleyn Rural District Dwyfor
Nant Conway Rural District Aberconwy
Ogwen Rural District Arfon
Penmaenmawr Urban District Aberconwy
Porthmadog Urban District Dwyfor
Pwllheli Borough Dwyfor


District Successor
Aberaeron Rural District Ceredigion
Aberaeron Urban District Ceredigion
Aberystwyth Borough Ceredigion
Aberystwyth Rural District Ceredigion
Cardigan Borough Ceredigion
Lampeter Borough Ceredigion
New Quay Urban District Ceredigion
Teifiside Rural District Ceredigion
Tregaron Rural District Ceredigion


District Successor
Ammanford Urban District Dinefwr
Burry Port Urban District Llanelli
Carmarthen Borough Council Carmarthen
Carmarthen Rural District Carmarthen
Cwmamman Urban District Dinefwr
Kidwelly Borough Llanelli
Llandeilo Rural District Dinefwr
Llandeilo Urban District Dinefwr
Llandovery Borough Dinefwr
Llanelli Borough Llanelli
Llanelli Rural District Llanelli
Newcastle Emlyn Rural District Carmarthen
Newcastle Emlyn Urban District Carmarthen
Whitland Rural District Carmarthen


District Successor
Abergele Urban District Colwyn
Aled Rural District Colwyn, Aberconwy
Ceiriog Rural District Glyndwr
Colwyn Bay Borough Colwyn
Denbigh Borough Glyndwr
Hiraethog Rural District Aberconwy, Colwyn
Llangollen Urban District Glyndwr
Llanrwst Urban District Aberconwy
Ruthin Borough Glyndwr
Ruthin Rural District Glyndwr
Wrexham Borough Wrexham Maelor
Wrexham Rural District Wrexham Maelor, Glyndwr


District Successor
Buckley Urban District Alyn and Deeside
Connah's Quay Urban District Alyn and Deeside
Flint Borough Delyn
Hawarden Rural District Wrexham Maelor, Alyn and Deeside
Holywell Rural District Delyn
Holywell Urban District Delyn
Maelor Rural District Wrexham Maelor
Mold Urban District Delyn
Prestatyn Urban District Rhuddlan
Rhyl Urban District Rhuddlan
St Asaph (Flint) Rural District Rhuddlan

Glamorgan (Glamorganshire)

District Successor
Aberdare Urban District Cynon Valley
Barry Borough Vale of Glamorgan
Bridgend Urban District Ogwr
Caerphilly Urban District Rhymney Valley, Taff-Ely
Cardiff Rural District Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Rhymney Valley, Taff-Ely
Cowbridge Borough Vale of Glamorgan
Cowbridge Rural District Taff-Ely, Vale of Glamorgan
Gelligaer Urban District Rhymney Valley, Merthyr Tydfil
Glyncorrwg Urban District Port Talbot
Gower Rural District Swansea
Llantrisant and Llantwit Fardre Rural District Taff-Ely
Llwchwr Urban District Lliw Valley
Maesteg Urban District Ogwr
Mountain Ash Urban District Cynon Valley
Neath Borough Neath
Neath Rural District Neath, Cynon Valley
Ogmore and Garw Urban District Ogwr
Penarth Urban District Vale of Glamorgan
Penybont Rural District Ogwr
Pontardawe Rural District Lliw Valley
Pontypridd Urban District Taff-Ely
Port Talbot Borough Port Talbot
Porthcawl Urban District Ogwr
Rhondda Borough Rhondda

Merioneth (Merionethshire)

District Successor
Bala Urban District Meirionnydd
Barmouth Urban District Meirionnydd
Deudraeth Rural District Meirionnydd
Dolgellau Rural District Meirionnydd
Dolgellau Urban District Meirionnydd
Edeyrnion Rural District Glyndwr
Ffestiniog Urban District Meirionnydd
Penllyn Rural District Meirionnydd
Tywyn Urban District Meirionnydd


District Successor
Abercarn Urban District Islwyn
Abergavenny Borough Monmouth
Abergavenny Rural District Monmouth
Abertillery Urban District Blaenau Gwent
Bedwas and Machen Urban District Rhymney Valley
Bedwellty Urban District Islwyn, Rhymney Valley
Blaenavon Urban District Torfaen
Caerleon Urban District Newport
Chepstow Rural District Monmouth
Chepstow Urban District Monmouth
Cwmbran Urban District Torfaen
Ebbw Vale Urban District Blaenau Gwent
Magor and St Mellons Rural District Cardiff, Newport, Torfaen
Monmouth Borough Monmouth
Monmouth Rural District Monmouth
Mynyddislwyn Urban District Islwyn
Nantyglo and Blaina Urban District Blaenau Gwent
Pontypool Rural District Torfaen, Monmouth
Pontypool Urban District Torfaen
Rhymney Urban District Rhymney Valley
Risca Urban District Islwyn
Tredegar Urban District Blaenau Gwent
Usk Urban District Monmouth

Newport was a county borough.


District Successor
Forden Rural District Montgomery
Llanfyllin Borough Montgomery
Llanfyllin Rural District Montgomery
Llanidloes Borough Montgomery
Machynlleth Rural District Montgomery
Machynlleth Urban District Montgomery
Montgomery Borough Montgomery
Newtown and Llanidloes Rural District Montgomery
Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Urban District Montgomery
Welshpool Borough Montgomery


District Successor
Cemaes Rural District Preseli
Fishguard and Goodwick Urban District Preseli
Haverfordwest Borough Preseli
Haverfordwest Rural District Preseli
Milford Haven Urban District Preseli
Narberth Rural District South Pembrokeshire
Narberth Urban District South Pembrokeshire
Neyland Urban District Preseli
Pembroke Borough South Pembrokeshire
Pembroke Rural District South Pembrokeshire
Tenby Borough South Pembrokeshire


District Successor
Colwyn Rural District Radnor
Knighton Rural District Radnor
Knighton Urban District Radnor
Llandrindod Wells Urban District Radnor
New Radnor Rural District Radnor
Painscastle Rural District Radnor
Presteigne Urban District Radnor
Rhayader Rural District Radnor

See also