Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Cardiganshire or Ceredigion
This page summarises the local government organisation of Ceredigion since 1889.
Cardiganshire County Council was formed in 1889, and in 1894 a network of boroughs, urban district and rural district councils was formed across the county.
Cardiganshire had two Municipal Boroughs dating from 1836 (or before): Aberystwyth and Cardigan. Lampeter became a Municipal Borough in 1884.
From 1894 there were also 2 Urban Districts: Aberayron and New Quay UDCs. Urban Districts had similar powers to boroughs but lacked the
powers to appoint mayors or aldermen. (Aberayron was later renamed Aberaeron).
There were also 6 Rural District Councils covering the areas outside the major towns. These were: Aberayron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Lampeter,
Llandyssil and Tregaron Rural Districts. Most Rural Districts were initially based on the Poor Law Unions, with meetings held at the workhouse.
In 1934 Lampeter RDC was absorbed by Aberayron RDC; Cardigan and Llandyssil RDCs were amalgamated as the new Teifiside RDC.
In 1974 major reorganisation saw the boroughs, urban and rural districts abolished and Cardiganshire became part of a new county, Dyfed. This was an
amalgamation of three counties, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
Dyfed was a 2-tier administration with six local government districts: Ceredigion for the former Cardiganshire;
Carmarthen, Dinefwr and Llanelli for the former Carmarthenshire; and Preseli and South Pembrokeshire for the former Pembrokeshire.
In 1996 Dyfed was abolished and new councils formed based on the historic counties. Dyfed survives for some ceremonial purposes.
Cardiganshire was restored as a unitary authority, and was immediately renamed Ceredigion.
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