Flintshire (Welsh: Sir y Fflint) is a principal area and county in north-east Wales. It borders Cheshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham. It is named for the historic county of Flintshire, which had notably different borders.
The principal area is governed by the Flintshire County Council.
The current administrative area of Flintshire (a unitary authority) came into existence in 1996, when the former administrative county of Clwyd was split into three smaller areas. The principal area was formed by the merger of the Alyn and Deeside and Delyn districts. In terms of pre-1974 divisions, the area comprises
* the former borough of Flint
* the urban districts of Buckley, Connah's Quay, Holywell, Mold
* the rural district of Holywell Rural District
* all of Hawarden Rural District except the parish of Marford and Hosley
The district of Rhuddlan, which was also formed entirely from the administrative county of Flintshire was included in the new Denbighshire instead. Other parts of the pre-1974 administrative Flintshire to be excluded from the principal area are the Maelor Rural District and the parish of Marford and Hoseley, which became part of the Wrexham Maelor district in 1974 and are now part of the Wrexham county borough.
Wording courtesy of http://www.wikipedia.org/
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