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Gwynedd (Wales)

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Gwynedd Local Government Area

As a local government area, Gwynedd is the second largest in Wales in terms of land area and also one of the most sparsely populated. A majority of the population is Welsh-speaking. Gwynedd was an independent kingdom from the end of the Roman period until the 13th century, when it was conquered by England. The historical Gwynedd was nowadays Wales north of a line approx. from Abermaw (English: Barmouth) in the west to Caerlleon (English: Chester), literally meaning “the fortified city of the legions”.

The modern Gwynedd was one of eight Welsh counties created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It covered the entirety of the historic counties of Anglesey and Caernarfonshire, and all of Merionethshire apart from Edeirnion Rural District and also a few parishes from neighbouring entities. The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 abolished the 1974 county and its five districts on 1 April 1996 and its area was divided. The remainder of the county was established as “Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire”, as it covers most of the areas of those two historic counties. As one of its first actions, the Council renamed itself as “Gwynedd” on 2 April 1996, referring to the historic kingdom.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 October 2019

Gwynedd County Council Logo Flag

[Gwynedd Local Government Area, Wales] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 October 2019

The county had no proper flag but its local council in 2014 had a logo flag as follows:
The flag is green with a thin red horizontal stripe at its bottom, both are separated by a white horizontal line. In the centre of the green field is a big stylised initial “G” with its bottom exceeding into the red stripe. In the bow of the initial is an inscription in white bold initials “GWYNEDD”, flanked white inscriptions slightly smaller of the entity’s Wesh name (CYNGOR, above) and its English name (COUNCIL, beneath).
Source: I spotted this flag on 12 September 2014 in Caernarfon

It is remarkable that according to Jason Saber a flag of Caernarfonshire had been registered in 2012, years after the abolishment of that county. This flag also was still in use in 2014.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 October 2019