Borough Status in England and Wales - Modern Borough Status - England and Wales - Wales


Borough charters granted under section 245 of the Local Government Act 1972 to Welsh districts

District Year of charter Previous boroughs Notes
Aberconwy 1974 Conway (1885)
Afan 1974 Port Talbot (formed 1921, including borough of Aberavon, reformed 1861) Renamed Port Talbot 1986
Arfon 1974 Caernarvon (reformed 1835), Bangor (reformed 1883) Bangor and Caernarfon formed town councils
Blaenau Gwent 1975 None
Brecknock 1974 Brecon (reformed 1835) Brecon formed a town council
Cardiff 1974 (and city status) Cardiff (reformed 1835)
Colwyn 1974 Colwyn Bay (1934)
Cynon Valley By November 1974 None
Delyn 1974 Flint (reformed 1835) Flint formed a town council
Dinefwr 1974 Llandovery (reformed 1835) Llandovery formed a town council
Islwyn 1974 None
Llanelli 1974 Kidwelly (reformed 1885), Llanelli (1913) Kidwelly and Llanelli formed town councils
Lliw Valley 1974 None
Merthyr Tydfil 1974 Merthyr Tydfil (1905)
Monmouth 1988 Monmouth (reformed 1835), Abergavenny (1899) Abergavenny and Monmouth formed town councils
Neath 1974 Neath (reformed 1835) Neath formed a town council
Newport 1974 (granted city

status in 2002)

Newport (reformed 1835)
Ogwr 1974 None
Port Talbot See Afan
Rhondda 1974 Rhondda (1955)
Rhuddlan 1974 None
Swansea 1974 (and city status) Swansea (reformed 1835)
Taff-Ely 1974 None
Torfaen 1974 None
Vale of Glamorgan 1974 Cowbridge (1887), Barry (1938) Cowbridge and Barry formed town councils
Wrexham Maelor 1974 Wrexham (1857)
Ynys Mon – Isle of Anglesey 1974 Beaumaris (reformed 1835) Beaumaris formed a town council

The districts created in 1974 were abolished in 1996 by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994. The 1994 Act amended section 245 of the Local Government Act 1972, allowing for the new unitary county councils established by the Act to apply for a charter in a similar manner to the old district councils. On receiving a charter a county became a "county borough".

Welsh unitary authorities granted a charter in 1996 bestowing county borough status

County borough Previous boroughs Notes
Aberconwy and Colwyn Aberconwy, Colwyn Renamed Conwy 1996
Blaenau Gwent Blaenau Gwent
Bridgend Ogwr
Caerphillly Islwyn
Cardiff Cardiff has the status of a "city and county" by letters patent
Conwy See Aberconwy and Colwyn
Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tydfil
Neath and Port Talbot Neath, Port Talbot Renamed Neath Port Talbot 1996
Newport Newport Became "city and county" in 2002
Rhondda Cynon Taff Cynon Valley, Rhondda, Taff-Ely
Swansea Swansea has the status of a "city and county" by letters patent
Torfaen Torfaen
Vale of Glamorgan Vale of Glamorgan
Wrexham Wrexham Maelor

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