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When did Wales become part of England?
March 31, 2010 12:26PM
Wales has not become part of England. Wales is it's own country next to England. It is in the UK but that also consists of Scotland and the six counties of Northern Ireland.
--In 1535, after years of occupation, it was annexed to English law (but kept its own language and culture). We are all British and part of the United Kingdom now. We are "countries within a country" (U K goverment). Wales has a National Assembly and no British country owns the other - it is a union. the UK parliament is in London, England.
The principality was brought under English control in 1284 when the Statute of Rhuddlan was enacted, the remaining Welsh territory was administered under the Marcher Lords until the Laws in Wales acts of 1536 (and 1542) were passed making England and Wales a single legal state. Sometimes referred to as the Act of Union between England and Wales similar to the Scottish/English Act although the naming of it as such is unofficial and didn't occur until the 20th century. Under devolution certain budget and legislative powers were given to the Welsh Assembly in 1998 although primary legislative powers remain with the government in Westminster and the legal system for England and Wales remains the same. This is in contrast to Scotland which always retained a separate legal base
Wales is not the real name for the country you are thinking of. It's real name is Cymru. Wales is a name made up by the Anglo-Saxon (English) invaders that actually pushed the original Britons back to what is now 'Wales' and Scotland. They failed to take over entirely because of the mountains and so in 'Wales' the Cymry settled. So in fact, England is the new country in the 'United Kingdom' and if you like, you could well ask yourself "When did England become part of Wales"?