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Brecknockshire,former county, S Wales. In 1974, Breconshire was divided between GwentGwent
, former county, SE Wales. Created in the 1974 administrative reorganization of Wales from most of Monmouthshire and part of Breconshire, it was dissolved in 1996 and divided among the unitary authorities of Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Caerphilly, and Newport.
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, former county, S Wales. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization of Wales from portions of Breconshire, Glamorgan, and Monmouthshire, in 1996 it was divided among the unitary authorities of Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon
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, county, 2,009 sq mi (5,204 sq km), E central Wales. The terrain is a network of lowlands, highlands, and connecting plateaus. Agriculture is economically important, as are sheep and cattle raising. There are some light and service industries.
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(until 1974) a county of SE Wales, now mainly in Powys: over half its area forms the Brecon Beacons National Park
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