West Wales

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Not to be confused with West Wales (kingdom) or Cornwall.

Coordinates: 52°26′02″N 4°16′30″W / 52.434°N 4.275°W / 52.434; -4.275

Location of West Wales

West Wales (Welsh: Gorllewin Cymru) is the western region of Wales.

Some definitions of West Wales include only Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, an area which historically comprised the Welsh principality of Deheubarth,[1][2] an area called "South West Wales" in the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics.[3] Other definitions include Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, but exclude Ceredigion.[4][5] The 'West Wales and the Valleys' NUTS (The Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics) area includes more westerly parts of North Wales.[3] The preserved county of Dyfed covers what is generally considered to be "West Wales", which between 1974 and 1996, was also a county with a county council and six district councils.

Historic use of the term[edit]

Historically, the term West Wales was applied to the Kingdom of Cornwall during the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain and the period of the Heptarchy.[6] The Old English word Wealas, meaning "foreigners" in the sense of Britons, gave its name to Wales, and was also applied to Cornwall, as "West Wealas" meaning Western foreigners.

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