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Denbighshire County Including Clwyd County and Historic Denbighshire County

(Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is a unitary authority county under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 effective April 1, 1996 located in northeast Wales. It is named after the historic county of Denbighshire, but has substantially different borders. Denbighshire has the distinction of being the longest known inhabited part of Wales. Pontnewydd (Bontnewydd-Llanelwy) Palaeolithic site has Neanderthal remains from 225,000 years ago. There are several castles in the region, at Denbigh, Rhuddlan, Ruthin, Castell Dinas Bran and Bodelwyddan. St Asaph, one of the smallest cities in Britain, has one of the smallest Anglican cathedrals.

Clwyd County – 1974-1996

Under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1972 Historic Denbighshire County was merged into new formed Clwyd County until it was abolished under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 effective April 1, 1996. At that time, the newly formed Denbighshire County came into effect.

Historic Denbighshire County Until 1974

Historic Denbighshire County is one of the thirteen historic counties of Wales. It was created following the Act of Union of 1535 between Wales and England. It was formed from the cantrefi (hundreds) of Rhos, Rhufoniog, Dyffryn Clwyd, lal, Nanheudwy, Cynllaith and the Maelor Gymraeg which were formerly in the Welsh kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys Fadog.

The administrative county was created in 1889 by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1888.

External Denbighshire Resources

External Denbighshire Genealogy Resources

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Protestation Returns (1642) for the Denbighshire boroughs of Denbigh, Hole and Ruthin are available here:


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