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Template:Infobox Wales historic county Merionethshire (Welsh: Meirionnydd, Sîr Feirionydd) is one of thirteen historic countiesWp globe tiny.gif of WalesWp globe tiny.gif, and a former administrative county.

The administrative county of Merioneth, created under the Local Government Act 1888Wp globe tiny.gif, was abolished under the Local Government Act 1972Wp globe tiny.gif on April 1Wp globe tiny.gif, 1974Wp globe tiny.gif. The bulk formed the MeirionnyddWp globe tiny.gif district in the new county of GwyneddWp globe tiny.gif, with a small protusion in the north-east (the Edeyrnion Rural DistrictWp globe tiny.gif) becoming part of the GlyndŵrWp globe tiny.gif district of ClwydWp globe tiny.gif. Since Local Government (Wales) Act 1994Wp globe tiny.gif came into force in 1996 the Glyndwr part now forms part of the principal area of DenbighshireWp globe tiny.gif, with the rest remaining in Gwynedd.


Merionethshire is a maritime county, bounded to the north by CaernarfonshireWp globe tiny.gif, to the east by DenbighshireWp globe tiny.gif, to the south by MontgomeryshireWp globe tiny.gif and CardiganshireWp globe tiny.gif, and to the west by Cardigan BayWp globe tiny.gif. Its total area is 1,731 km², and it is one of the more sparsely populated counties of the UKWp globe tiny.gif. It is also one of the strongest Welsh-speakingWp globe tiny.gif parts of WalesWp globe tiny.gif. The coastline consists alternately of cliffs and stretches of sand and the county generally is the most mountainous in Wales; a large part of the Snowdonia National ParkWp globe tiny.gif lies within it. The greatest heights are Aran FawddwyWp globe tiny.gif 905 m (2970 ft) and Cadair IdrisWp globe tiny.gif 893 m (2929 ft). The chief rivers are the DwyrydWp globe tiny.gif, the MawddachWp globe tiny.gif and the DyfiWp globe tiny.gif. Waterfalls and small lakes are numerous, the largest being Bala LakeWp globe tiny.gif (4 miles long and 1 mile broad).

The county was formed in 1284Wp globe tiny.gif under the terms of the Statute of RhuddlanWp globe tiny.gif from the CantrefWp globe tiny.gifi of:

The main towns are BalaWp globe tiny.gif, BarmouthWp globe tiny.gif, Blaenau FfestiniogWp globe tiny.gif, CorwenWp globe tiny.gif, DolgellauWp globe tiny.gif, FfestiniogWp globe tiny.gif and TywynWp globe tiny.gif. The main industries are agriculture and tourism.

Places of special interest (grid referenceWp globe tiny.gif): Castell y BereWp globe tiny.gif (SH667085); Cymer Abbey (SH721195); Ffestiniog RailwayWp globe tiny.gif (SH6946); Harlech CastleWp globe tiny.gif (SH5731); PortmeirionWp globe tiny.gif Italianate village (SH589372); Rhug Chapel (SJ063439); Tomen-y-mur Roman Fort (SH7038).

The Arms of Merionethshire County Council

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