- Conwy County Borough
- % Water
Admin HQ Conwy ISO 3166-2 GB-CWY ONS code 00NE Demographics Population:
- (2010 est.)
98 / km²
Ethnicity 98.2% White Welsh language
- Any skills
Politics Conwy County Borough Council
Control NOC (Plaid-led coalition) MPs AMs
- Darren Millar
- Janet Finch-Saunders
- North Wales
The River Conwy, after which the county borough is named, lies wholly within the area: rising in Snowdonia and flowing through Llanrwst and Trefriw en route to the Irish Sea by Conwy. As the river forms the border between the historic counties of Caernarfonshire and Denbighshire, the borough contains settlements from each.
The amount of Welsh spoken in the county borough greatly varies from location to location, with generally the least being spoken on the coastal fringe.
Examples of the percentage speaking Welsh by electoral ward :
- Mostyn (Llandudno) 19.7%
- Colwyn 22.6%
- Conwy 33%
- Trefriw 50%
- Eglwysbach 63%
- Conwy Uwch (Upper Conwy) 66.8%
- Llangernyw 69.3%
- Cerrigydrudion 76%
The county borough was formed on 1 April 1996 by merging the districts of Aberconwy and Colwyn when it was originally named Aberconwy and Colwyn. However, its council renamed the district a day later, on 1 April 1996 to Conwy. The new name has caused confusion with the town of Conwy; for instance, Royal Mail tell people to not use the name 'Conwy' on mail to the area lest it go to the town of the same name (NB: they advise against the use of the former postal counties generally).
Conwy is represented in Parliament by Guto Bebb (Con) and David Jones (Con), though David Jones' Clwyd West constituency also covers part of southern Denbighshire. In the National Assembly for Wales, it is represented by Janet Finch-Saunders(Con)and Darren Millar (Con).
Coat of arms
Conwy County Borough Council was granted a coat of arms by the College of Arms in 2001. The new arms recall those of both Aberconwy and Colwyn Borough Councils. The main part of the shield depicts blue and silver waves for the river from which the county borough takes its name, and also recalls the gold and blue wavy field of Colwyn's arms. On top of the waves is placed a symbolic red tower, representing Conwy Castle. The chief or upper third of the shield is coloured green, the main colour in Aberconwy's arms. In the centre of the chief is a severed head from the heraldry of Marchudd ap Cynan, Lord of Abergele and Rhos. On either side are two black spears embrued, or having drops of blood on their points. These come from the reputed arms of Nefydd Hardd, associated with the Nant Conwy area. In front of each spear is a golden garb or wheatsheaf, for the rural areas of the county borough.
Above the shield, placed on the steel helm usual to British civic arms, is the crest. This takes the form of the Welsh red dragon supporting a Bible, rising from a wreath of oak leaves and acorns. The representation of the Bible is to commemorate the fact that the first Welsh language translation of the book originated in the area, while the oak circlet recalls that an oak tree formed the main charge in the arms of Colwyn Borough Council, and its predecessor the municipal borough of Colwyn Bay.
The motto adopted is "Tegwch i Bawb"'
- List of places in Conwy County Borough for a list of towns, cities and villages.
- ^ http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/profiles/00NE-A.asp
- ^ http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=2027&doc=1205
- ^ Letters Patent dated August 27, 2001
Conwy County Borough Principal settlements Towns and villagesBettws-y-Coed • Caerhun • Capel Curig • Capel Garmon • Cerrig-y-drudion • Deganwy • Dinmael • Dolgarrog • Dolwyddelan • Eglwysbach • Glan Conwy • Henryd • Kinmel Bay • Llanbedr-y-Cennin • Llanddoged • Llanddulas • Llanfair Talhaiarn • Llangernyw • Llanrhychwyn • Llysfaen • Maenan • Mochdre • Pandy Tudur • Penmachno • Rhos-on-Sea • Rowen • Tal-y-bont • Tal-y-Cafn • Trefriw • Towyn • Ysbyty Ifan Rivers Castles and forts Principal areas of Wales
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