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Historic County of Wales

(Sir Ddinbych)

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The historic county of Denbighshire was abolished in the re-organisation of 1974, and was absorbed into the newly created county of Clwyd.

The county of Clwyd was itself abolished on 31st March 1996, after an existence of twenty-two years. At the same time, four new "unitary" authorities were created. These were given the names: Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham County Borough and Conwy County Borough.

Denbighshire was an administrative county until 1974, and re-established as a county council in 1996

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Known in Welsh as Sir Ddinbych.

A maritime County bounded N. by the Irish Sea, E. by Flintshire, Cheshire and Shropshire, S. by Montgomeryshire and Merioneth, and W. by Caernarfonshire.

Area 427,978 acres (1,731.97

Population 174,151 1961

Admin. Headquarters Denbigh and Ruthin

Chapman code DEN

Succeeded by Clwyd and Gwynedd

Motto: 'Duw a Digon' - With God, enough

County Flower Limestone Woundwort - Stachys alpina

In the S. and W. of the County the mountains of the Clwydian Range rise from 1000 to 2500ft high. The E. of the County if hilly. There is some level ground along the coastal strip. The highest points are Moel Sych and Cader Berwyn at 2,713 feet. Pistyll-y-Rhaeader is a spectacular 240 feet waterfall. The chief rivers are the Clwyd and the Dee. The River Conwy runs north along the W. boundary. The most important industries are agriculture and tourism.

Places of special interest:

  • Bodnant Gardens, Tal-y-Cafn (SH7972);
  • Chirk Castle (SJ2638);
  • Denbigh Castle (SJ0565);
  • Eliseg's Pillar (SJ2044);
  • Plas Newydd, Llangollen (SJ2241);
  • Valle Crucis Abbey (SJ2044).

The main towns

  • Abergele,
  • Denbigh,
  • Colwyn Bay,
  • Llangollen,
  • Llanrwst,
  • Ruthin
  • Wrexham.

List of places in Denbighshire

See Table of Welsh Place names (Table listing where places are in Current [Post 1974/1996] Welsh Counties/Historic Counties


For purposes of civil government it is divided into the six hundreds of -

  • Bromfield,
  • Chirk,
  • Isaled,
  • Isdulas,
  • Ruthin,
  • Yale.

Parish Map


from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

For full size image see North Wales - Phillimore - open the full view and use the magnify tool.