Ceredigion

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Ceredigion principal area
Image:WalesCeredigion.png
Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 4th
1,795 km²
? %
Admin HQAberaeron
ISO 3166-2GB-CGN
ONS code00NQ
Demographics
Population
- Total (April 29, 2001)
- Density
Ranked 19th
74,941
42 / km²
Ethnicity99.5% White
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 4th
61.2%
Politics
Ceredigion County Council
http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/
ControlMulti-party
MP'Mark Williams (Lib Dem)
AMsElin Jones
(Constituency)
Mid and West Wales
(Regional)
MEPsWales

Template:Infobox Wales traditional county

For other uses please see Ceredigion (disambiguation)

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Arms of Ceredigion

Ceredigion is a principal area in mid Wales. It is a coastal county, bordered by Cardigan Bay to the west, Gwynedd to the north, Powys to the east, Carmarthenshire to the south, and Pembrokeshire to the south-west.

The name Ceredigion means 'Land of Ceredig', who was a son of Cunedda, a chieftain who reconquered much of Wales from the Irish around the fifth century AD.

Its area is 440,630 acres (1783 km²). The population of the county is 64,000.

For a county of such a small population, it may be considered unusual that two universities are within the county boundaries: The University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Wales, Lampeter.

The main towns are Aberaeron, Aberarth, Aberystwyth, Cardigan,Lampeter, Llanddewi Brefi, Llanillar, Llanrhystud, New Quay, Newcastle Emlyn (partly in Carmarthenshire) and Tregaron.

The Cambrian Mountains cover much of the east of the county; this large area forms part of the desert of Wales. In the south and west the surface is less elevated. The highest point is Plynlimon at 2,486 feet (758 m), where five rivers have their source: the Severn, the Wye, the Dulas, the Llyfnant and River Rheidol, the last of which meets the Afon Mynach in a 300 foot (100 m) plunge at the Devil's Bridge chasm. The 50 miles (80 km) of coastline has many sandy beaches. The largest river is the River Teifi which forms the border with Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire for much of its length. Other significant rivers include the River Aeron which has its estuary at Aberaeron, the River Ystwyth and the River Rheidol both of which reach the sea in Aberystwyth harbour.

Places of special interest: Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth (SN5881); Devil's Bridge (SN7477); Strata Florida Abbey (SN7465); Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway, Vale of Rheidol Railway (SN5881). Aberystwyth Castle, Nanteos Mansion, Welsh Gold Centre Tregaron, Llywernog Silver Lead Mine

A referendum was held on May 20, 2004 on whether to have a directly-elected mayor for the county; this was rejected by a large majority.

Places in Ceredigion

Administration

Between 1888 and 1974, the county was governed by Cardiganshire county council, and on local government reorganisation in 1974, a new Ceredigion district council was formed in the administrative county of Dyfed. On April 1, 1996, Ceredigion district was made a unitary authority, under the name of Cardiganshire, only to change its name back to 'Ceredigion' on April 2.

See also


United Kingdom | Wales | Principal areas of Wales Flag of Wales

Anglesey | Blaenau Gwent | Bridgend | Caerphilly | Cardiff | Carmarthenshire | Ceredigion | Conwy | Denbighshire | Flintshire | Gwynedd | Merthyr Tydfil | Monmouthshire | Neath Port Talbot | Newport | Pembrokeshire | Powys | Rhondda Cynon Taff | Swansea | Torfaen | Vale of Glamorgan | Wrexham

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