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West Wales

Coordinates: 52°26′02″N 4°16′30″W / 52.434°N 4.275°W / 52.434; -4.275
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West Wales

West Wales (Welsh: Gorllewin Cymru) is a region of Wales.

It has various definitions, either covering Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, which historically comprised the Welsh principality of Deheubarth, and an alternative definition is to include Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, but exclude Ceredigion. The West Wales and the Valleys NUTS area also includes more westerly parts of North Wales as well as the South Wales Valleys.

The preserved county of Dyfed covers what is generally considered to be West Wales; between 1974 and 1996, Dyfed was a county, with a county council and six district councils.


There are various definitions of "West Wales".

There is also a West Wales and the Valleys Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (now International Territorial Level) statistical region.[9] As well as South West Wales, Mid and West Wales or Mid and South West Wales and North West Wales.

Historic use[edit]

Historically, the term West Wales was applied to the Kingdom of Cornwall during the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain and the period of the Heptarchy.[10] The Old English word Wealas, a Germanic term for inhabitants of the Western Roman Empire, which the Anglo-Saxons came to apply especially to the Britons, gave its name to Wales and is also the origin of the second syllable in the name Cornwall.



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  1. ^ Davies, John (1994). A History of Wales. Penguin History. ISBN 978-0-14-014581-6.
  2. ^ "West Wales Area Plan - Ceredigion County Council". www.ceredigion.gov.uk. Retrieved 2024-03-30.
  3. ^ "West Wales Regional Partnership Board – Working together to plan and deliver services for adult and children with needs for care and support". Retrieved 2024-03-30.
  4. ^ "Introduction to Wales". VisitWales. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  5. ^ "Destinations". VisitWales. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  6. ^ "wwcc.co.uk domain is for sale | Buy with Epik.com". wwcc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Future Skills Wales Project Summary Report for West Wales 1998-2007" (PDF).
  8. ^ a b Phelps, Nick; Morgan, Kevin; Fuller, Crispian (2000), Hood, Neil; Young, Stephen (eds.), "Regions, Governance and FDI: The Case of Wales", The Globalization of Multinational Enterprise Activity and Economic Development, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 366–389, doi:10.1057/9780230599161_15, ISBN 978-0-230-59916-1, retrieved 2021-12-17
  9. ^ ONS NUTS guide to Wales statistical groupings
  10. ^ "The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1926".

52°26′02″N 4°16′30″W / 52.434°N 4.275°W / 52.434; -4.275