High Sheriffs Awards
The County of West Glamorgan
Glamorgan is a preserved county and former administrative county of
Wales. It contains Wales second largest city, Swansea, the
principal towns of Neath and Port Talbot, and Britains first declared
area of outstanding beauty, the Gower Peninsular.
West Glamorgan has a land area of 320 square miles and a population of approximately 400,000; about 13% of the Welsh population.
West Glamorgan was created on the 1st April 1974 by
the Local Government Act 1972 from the county borough of Swansea, the
municipal boroughs of Neath and Port Talbot, the urban districts of
Glyncorrwg and Llwchwr, Gower rural district, Pontardawe rural district
and all of Neath rural district except the parish of Rhigos.
There were four districts within West Glamorgan until 1996, namely:-
Swansea Swansea County Borough and Gower rural district
Lliw Valley Llwchwr and Pontardawe rural districts
Neath Neath and Neath rural district
Port Talbot Port Talbot and Glyncorrwg
Following the Local Government (Wales) Act, 1994, West Glamorgan County Council was abolished on the 1st April 1996 and its area sub-divided into the two unitary authorities of The City and County of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot County Borough.
Glamorgan remains in existence as a preserved county for some limited
functions such as the Lieutenancy and the Shrievalty. The
historical links of the ancient county of Glamorgan, once an early
Welsh Kingdom, are such that the High Sheriffs of the three preserved
counties of West Glamorgan, South Glamorgan and Mid Glamorgan have
close informal ties and support each other wherever possible and