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Wales, United Kingdom
Latitude: (52.4, Longitude: -3.8
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Wales is a Country in United Kingdom at latitude 52° 24′ 0″ North, longitude 3° 48′ 0″ West.

This page contains information relating to mapping activity that is specific to Wales.

See also WikiProject United Kingdom.

Welsh names

Most places in Wales have Welsh names - these are shown on road signs and on street signs.

Welsh names can be tagged using name:cy=* see Multilingual names#Wales for an in-depth discussion of when and where to use it.

An OSM rendering showing the Welsh names is available at OpenStreetMap Cymraeg.

See also: Multilingual names#Wales

Principal Areas

The Principal Areas are governed by unitary authorities and are the legislative regions of Wales[1].

Council Note
Anglesey Osm element relation.svg 298793 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Blaenau Gwent Osm element relation.svg 2750598 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Bridgend Osm element relation.svg 99774 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Caerphilly Osm element relation.svg 2750677 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Cardiff Osm element relation.svg 1625787 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Carmarthenshire Osm element relation.svg 57534 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Ceredigion Osm element relation.svg 77904 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Conwy Osm element relation.svg 297287 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Denbighshire Osm element relation.svg 192442 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Flintshire Osm element relation.svg 198566 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Gwynedd Osm element relation.svg 297286 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Merthyr Tydfil Osm element relation.svg 2750939 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Monmouthshire Osm element relation.svg 358021 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Neath Port Talbot Osm element relation.svg 89846 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Newport Osm element relation.svg 335184 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Pembrokeshire Osm element relation.svg 57535 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Powys Osm element relation.svg 134324 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Rhondda Cynon Taf Osm element relation.svg 2751428 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Swansea Osm element relation.svg 87944 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Torfaen Osm element relation.svg 2750460 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Vale of Glamorgan Osm element relation.svg 103776 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Wrexham Osm element relation.svg 137981 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Preserved Counties

Preserved counties are counties based on the historic counties of Wales and used for lieutenancy.

Preserved county Note
Clwyd
Dyfed
Gwent
Gwynedd Osm element relation.svg 77961 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Mid Glamorgan
Powys Osm element relation.svg 134324 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) Same relation as principal area
South Glamorgan
West Glamorgan

Historic Counties

There are thirteen historic counties of Wales (including Monmouthshire), the last of which were created by the Laws in Wales Act 1535. For the purposes of biological recording each historic county forms an eponymous vice county, with the detached parts of Flintshire treated as being in Denbighshire.

Historic county Vice county Note
Anglesey VC52 Osm element relation.svg 360939 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Brecknockshire VC42 Osm element relation.svg 359909 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Caernarvonshire VC49 Osm element relation.svg 298872 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Cardiganshire VC46 Osm element relation.svg 361613 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Carmarthenshire VC44 Osm element relation.svg 361616 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Denbighshire Osm element relation.svg 363513 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) VC50 Osm element relation.svg 298843 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) VC50 includes Maelor and Marford.
Flintshire Osm element relation.svg 363512 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) VC51 Osm element relation.svg 298834 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) VC51 excludes Maelor and Marford.
Glamorgan VC41 Osm element relation.svg 359902 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Merionethshire VC48 Osm element relation.svg 298875 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Monmouthshire VC35 Osm element relation.svg 359815 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Montgomeryshire VC47 Osm element relation.svg 298880 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Pembrokeshire VC45 Osm element relation.svg 361615 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Radnorshire VC43 Osm element relation.svg 359950 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

National Parks

Historic county Vice county Note
Brecon Beacons Osm element relation.svg 357283 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Pembrokeshire Coast Osm element relation.svg 165598 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
Snowdonia Osm element relation.svg 287425 (view, XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Cities, Towns and Villages

The following list of cities has been provided here for convenience. More detail will normally be available on the relevant county page. See also Category:Cities in United Kingdom, Category:UK towns and Category:UK villages

Boundary

The Welsh boundary can be best considered as split into three types:

  1. The land-based border between Wales and England. This is well defined, but the lack of copyright-free data means that the OSM boundary has been derived from NPE data and its accuracy may be limited.
  2. The maritime border between Wales and international waters. This was defined by the Government of Wales Act 2006, section 158: “Wales” includes the sea adjacent to Wales out as far as the seaward boundary of the territorial sea. The territorial boundary is in general 12 nautical miles (22.22 km) from the mean low water mark. In OSM, this has been automatically derived from coastline data.
  3. The maritime border between Wales and England, extending from land along the Dee and Severn estuaries to the territorial limit. This remains poorly defined and has been arbitrarily mapped as following a line roughly equidistant between the English and Welsh mean low water marks.

See WikiProject_United_Kingdom/Boundaries for more discussion regarding UK boundaries.

The boundary for Wales' maritime unitary authorities is generally at the 3 mile limit except where special provisions apply where islands are within three miles of more than one Unitary authority or where unitary authorities are themselves closer than 3 miles to one another. Thus the division between Anglesey and Gwynedd is a notional line down the Menai Strait. For Gwynedd the boundary includes Bardsey island and out to a limit of 3 miles beyond.

References

  1. Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 accessed 16 September 2009