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Pembrokeshire Resources

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Pembrokeshire County (Current and Historic) Including Dyfed County

(Welsh: Sir Benfro or Penfro) is a unitary authority county under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 effective April 1, 1996 located in the south-west of Wales. It borders Carmarthenshire to the east and Ceredigion to the north east. Pembrokeshire's population was 124,000 in 2016.

The county is home to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only coastal national park of its kind in the United Kingdom and one of three national parks in Wales.

Dyfed County 1974-1996

Under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1972 historic Pembrokeshire County was abolished effective April 1, 1974 and the county was recreated as Dyfed County until it was abolished under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 effective April 1, 1996.

Historic Pembrokeshire County Until 1974

Pembrokeshire County was one of the thirteen historic counties of Wales. It is based on the ancient Welsh kingdom of Dyfed.

It was founded as a county palantine in 1138 under the first Earl of Pembroke. Following the Act of Union between Wales and England in 1536, the county was divided into hundreds of Cilgerran, Cemais, Dewisland, Roose, Castlemartin, Narbeth and Daugleddau.

The administrative county of Pembrokeshire was created in 1889 by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1888. The Local Government (Wales) Act 1972 effective April 1, 1974 abolished Pembrokeshire and created Dyfed County.

External Pembrokeshire Resources

External Pembrokeshire Genealogy Resources

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