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This category tree is for websites based in, or exclusively about, county borough of the Vale of Glamorgan,
on the most southern coast of South Wales.  The Vale of Glamorgan, besides the unitary authority is
a constituency of both the UK Parliament, and the National Assembly for Wales.
There is no town of Glamorgan, and present day major settlements arose from the industrial revolution.
Glamorgan was one of the thirteen historic administrative counties of Wales, originally a pre-Norman
medieval kingdom.  Between 1972 and 1974, the three districts of Glamorgan became "preserved" counties,
which where split further into unitary authorities in 1996.
The most eastern, and second largest, town of the Vale of Glamorgan, is at the east, on the east coast,
on the south of Cardiff Bay, and the barrage now provides a non-tidal marina, at  Penarth.
The town with higher population is further west on the coast, at  Barry, which, with the
peninsula Barry Island, is the most southerly point.
Despite its name, Cardiff International Airport is even further west at  Rhoose.
Further west is  Llantwit Major, with minor settlements of St Donats, Marcross, Southerndown .
and Ogmore-by-Sea where the Ogmore River forms the boundary with  Bridgend.
The M4 motorway crosses the Ogmore River to  Pencoed, and the M4 coincides with the northern
boundary of the Vale of Glamorgan, with Rhondda Cynon Taff eastwards, south of  Pontyclun,
before the M4 meets the north west boundary of Cardiff boundary at junction 33,
Cardiff West Services.  In this rural area there a small settlements associated
with the Ely River; St Bride's super-Ely is west of the Cardiff boundary from St Fagans.
The north east part of the Vale is represented by the  Peterston-super-Ely, as far west as  Ystradowen.
The A4232 dual carriageway forms the boundary with Cardiff south east,
back to the Ely River as it enters Cardiff Bay.


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