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This is a list of the counties of the United Kingdom. The history of local government in the United Kingdom differs between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the subnational divisions within these which have been called counties have varied over time and by purpose. The county has formed the upper tier of local government over much of the United Kingdom at one time or another,[1] and has been used for a variety of other purposes, such as for Lord Lieutenants, land registration and postal delivery. This list is split by constituent country, time period and purpose.

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England

County Before 1889 1889-1974 1974+[2] Current
ceremonial
[3]
Postal
1974+
[4]
County Administrative Metropolitan Non-metropolitan
Avon Check markY 1974-1996 Check markY
Bedfordshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY 1974-2009 Check markY Check markY
Berkshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY[5] Check markY Check markY
City of Bristol County corporate Check markY
Buckinghamshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Cambridgeshire Check markY Check markY 1889-1965 Check markY 1889-1965 Check markY Check markY Check markY
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Check markY 1965-1974 Check markY 1965-1974
Cheshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY 1974-2009 Check markY Check markY
Cleveland Check markY 1974-1996 Check markY
Cornwall Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Cumberland Check markY Check markY Check markY
Cumbria Check markY Check markY Check markY
Derbyshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Devon Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Dorset Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Durham Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
East Suffolk Division Check markY
East Sussex Division Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Essex Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Gloucestershire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Greater London Check markY
Greater Manchester Check markY Check markY
Hampshire (County of Southampton) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Hereford and Worcester Check markY 1974-1998
Herefordshire Check markY Check markY Check markY UA 1998+[6] Check markY Check markY
Hertfordshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Humberside Check markY 1974-1996
Huntingdon and Peterborough Check markY 1965-1974 Check markY 1965-1974
Huntingdonshire Check markY Check markY 1889-1965 Check markY 1889-1965
Isle of Ely Division Check markY 1889-1965
Isle of Wight Check markY 1890-1974 Check markY Check markY Check markY
Kent Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Lancashire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Leicestershire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Lincolnshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Lincolnshire, Parts of Holland Division Check markY
Lincolnshire, Parts of Kesteven Division Check markY
Lincolnshire, Parts of Lindsey Division Check markY
London The Metropolis Check markY Check markY Check markY
City of London County corporate Check markY
Merseyside Check markY Check markY Check markY
Middlesex Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Norfolk Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Northamptonshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Northumberland Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
North Humberside Check markY
North Yorkshire Check markY Check markY Check markY
Nottinghamshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Oxfordshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Soke of Peterborough Liberty Check markY 1889-1965
Rutland Check markY Check markY Check markY UA 1997+[6] Check markY Check markY 2008+[7]
Shropshire (Salop) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Somerset Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
South Humberside Check markY
South Yorkshire Check markY Check markY Check markY
Staffordshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Suffolk Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Surrey Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Sussex Check markY Check markY
Tyne and Wear Check markY Check markY Check markY
Warwickshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
West Midlands Check markY Check markY Check markY
Westmorland Check markY Check markY Check markY
West Suffolk Division Check markY
West Sussex Division Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
West Yorkshire Check markY Check markY Check markY
Wiltshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Worcestershire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY 1998+ Check markY Check markY
Yorkshire Check markY Check markY
Yorkshire, East Riding Division L[8] Check markY UA 1996+[6] Check markY
Yorkshire, North Riding Division L[8] Check markY
Yorkshire, West Riding Division L[8] Check markY

Northern Ireland

County Before 1899 1899-1973 Current
lieutenancy[9]
Postal[4]
County Administrative
Antrim Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Armagh Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
City of Belfast Included in Counties Antrim and Down Check markY CB[10] Check markY Check markY
Down (Downshire) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Fermanagh Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Londonderry Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
City of Londonderry County of city Check markY CB[10] Check markY Check markY
Tyrone Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY

Scotland

County Before 1890 1890-1975 Lieutenancy Registration[11] Postal[4]
City of Aberdeen Check markY 1900 Check markY
Aberdeenshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Angus (Forfarshire) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Argyll Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Ayrshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Banffshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Berwickshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Bute Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Caithness Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Clackmannanshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Cromartyshire Check markY
Dumfriesshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Dunbartonshire (Dumbarton) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
City of Dundee Check markY 1894 Check markY
East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
City of Edinburgh Check markY Check markY Check markY
Fife Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
City of Glasgow Check markY 1893 Check markY Check markY
Inverness-shire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Kincardineshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Kinross-shire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Kirkcudbrightshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Lanarkshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Midlothian (County of Edinburgh) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Moray (Elginshire) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Nairnshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Orkney Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Peeblesshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Perthshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Renfrewshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Ross and Cromarty Check markY Check markY Check markY
Ross-shire Check markY Check markY
Roxburghshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Selkirkshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Shetland (Zetland) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Stirlingshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Sutherland Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Wigtownshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY

Wales

County Before 1889 1889-1974 1974-1996 1996+ Postal
1974+[4]
Preserved[3] County[12]
Anglesey Check markY Check markY Check markY
Brecknockshire Check markY Check markY
Caernarfonshire Check markY Check markY
Cardiganshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Ceredigion
Carmarthenshire Check markY Check markY Check markY
Clwyd Check markY Check markY Check markY
Denbighshire Check markY Check markY Check markY
Dyfed Check markY Check markY Check markY
Flintshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Flintshire
Glamorgan Check markY Check markY
Gwent Check markY Check markY Check markY
Gwynedd Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Merionethshire Check markY Check markY
Mid Glamorgan Check markY Check markY Check markY
Monmouthshire Check markY Check markY Check markY Monmouthshire
Montgomeryshire Check markY Check markY
Pembrokeshire Check markY Check markY Check markY
Powys Check markY Check markY Check markY Check markY
Radnorshire Check markY Check markY
South Glamorgan Check markY Check markY Check markY
West Glamorgan Check markY Check markY Check markY

See also

References

  1. ^ HMSO, Aspects of Britain: Local Government, (1996)
  2. ^ Local Government Act 1972
  3. ^ a b Lieutenancies Act 1997
  4. ^ a b c d Royal Mail - PAF Digest Issue 6.0 Since 1996 these have been known as "former postal counties", and need no longer be used in addressing mail. Post Towns created since 1996 are not allocated to a postal county. The PAF also includes an "Alias File" that includes postally not required information including "Traditional County" and "Administrative County" fields. The list is not comprehensive and Royal Mail does not guarantee its accuracy.
  5. ^ The Berkshire (Structural Change) Order 1996; SI 1996 No. 1879
  6. ^ a b c Non-metropolitan district with the powers of a county, following the Local Government Act 1992
  7. ^ AFD Software - Latest PAF Data News
  8. ^ a b c Appointed a Lord Lieutenant, but not a county under the Local Government Act 1888
  9. ^ Northern Ireland (Lieutenancy) Order 1975 (SI 1975 No. 156)
  10. ^ a b County styled as county borough by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898
  11. ^ Registers of Scotland - Land Register Counties
  12. ^ Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 S.1 - Principal areas styled as a county
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Lists of the Counties and Principal Areas of the United Kingdom:

The United Kingdom has different sorts of counties. Some are traditional areas and some are for local government or other government things.

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Counties (Traditional)

These counties are sometimes called historic counties, traditional counties or ancient or geographical counties[1]. People argue about how much they exist in law. They are useful for genealogical and historic matters. Anyone may choose to use traditional counties or not.

The traditional counties have had nothing to do with government since 1889. However until 1974 most local government counties were very like them.

The United Kingdom has 92 traditional counties.

CountyAreaSome towns in the county
Aberdeenshire1,950 square milesAberdeen, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead, Turriff
Anglesey276 square milesBeaumaris, Amlwch, Holyhead, Llangefni, Menai Bridge
Angus889 square milesForfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir, Montrose
Antrim1,175 square milesBelfast, Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carnlough, Larne, Portrush
Argyll (Argyllshire)3,110 square milesLochgilphead, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Inveraray, Oban, Tobermory
Armagh512 square milesArmagh, Newry
Ayrshire1,129 square milesAyr, Cumnock, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Troon
Banffshire641 square milesBanff, Buckie, Dufftown, Keith, Macduff, Portsoy
Bedfordshire465 square milesBedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Sandy
Berkshire722 square milesReading, Abingdon, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham
Berwickshire457 square milesGreenlaw, Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Lauder
Brecknockshire (Breconshire)743 square milesBrecon, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Llanwrtyd Wells, Talgarth
Buckinghamshire745 square milesAylesbury, Buckingham, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Slough
Buteshire225 square milesRothesay, Brodick, Lochranza, Millport
Caernarfonshire (Carnarvonshire)480 square milesCaernarfon, Bangor, Conwy, Llandudno, Porthmadog, Pwllheli
Caithness618 square milesWick, Castletown, Halkirk, Thurso
Cambridgeshire820 square milesCambridge, Ely, Chatteris, March, Cambridgeshire, Whittlesey, Wisbech
Cardiganshire815 square milesCardigan, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron
Carmarthenshire1,095 square milesCarmarthen, Ammanford, Kidwelly, Llandovery, Llanelli, St Clears
Cheshire1,027 square milesChester, Birkenhead, Crewe, Macclesfield, Runcorn, Stockport, Wallasey
Clackmannanshire48 square milesClackmannan, Alloa, Dollar, Tillicoultry, Tullibody
Cornwall1,349 square milesBodmin, Truro, Camborne, Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth, St Austell
Cromartyshire370 square milesCromarty, Ullapool
Cumberland1,516 square milesCarlisle, Brampton, Keswick, Penrith, Whitehaven, Workington
Denbighshire640 square milesRuthin, Abergele, Denbigh, Llangollen, Wrexham
Derbyshire1,029 square milesDerby, Ashbourne, Buxton, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Matlock, Swadlincote
Devon2,405 square milesExeter, Plymouth, Barnstaple, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay
Dorset980 square milesDorchester, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
Down950 square milesDownpatrick, Bangor, Holywood, Newcastle, Strangford
Dumbartonshire241 square milesDumbarton, Alexandria, Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Helensburgh, Kirkintilloch
Dumfriesshire1,063 square milesDumfries, Annan, Gretna, Langholm, Lockerbie, Moffat, Sanquhar
Durham1,015 square milesDurham, Gateshead, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland, Washington
East Lothian267 square milesHaddington, Dunbar, East Linton, North Berwick, Tranent
Essex1,542 square milesChelmsford, Basildon, Brentwood, Colchester, Harlow, Romford, Southend-on-Sea, Stratford
Fermanagh715 square milesEnniskillen, Belleek, Irvinestown
Fife504 square milesCupar, Dunfermline, Burntisland, Cowdenbeath, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews
Flintshire640 square milesMold, Connah's Quay, Buckley, Flint, Holywell, Prestatyn, Rhyl, St Asaph
Glamorgan845 square milesCardiff, Swansea, Barry, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, Pontypridd
Gloucestershire1,225 square milesGloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Hampshire1,622 square milesWinchester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Newport
Herefordshire833 square milesHereford, Bromyard, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye
Hertfordshire727 square milesHertford, St Albans, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford
Huntingdonshire359 square milesHuntingdon, Ramsey, St Ives, St Neots, Yaxley
Inverness-shire4,211 square milesInverness, Fort William, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Portree
Kent1,555 square milesMaidstone, Canterbury, Bromley, Dover, Folkestone, Greenwich, Rochester
Kincardineshire380 square miles[[[Stonehaven]], Banchory, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk
Kirkcudbrightshire899 square milesKirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, New Galloway
Lanarkshire879 square milesLanark, Glasgow, Coatbridge, Carluke, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell
Lancashire1,880 square milesLancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Barrow-in-Furness, Bolton, Warrington
Leicestershire800 square milesLeicester, Coalville, Hinckley, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Melton Mowbray
Lincolnshire2,646 square milesLincoln, Boston, Grantham, Grimsby, Louth, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Stamford
Londonderry816 square milesLondonderry, Coleraine, Limavady
Merionethshire780 square miles Bala, Barmouth, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dolgellau, Harlech, Towyn
Middlesex285 square milesLondon, Brentford, Westminster, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Potters Bar, Staines, Twickenham
Midlothian362 square milesEdinburgh, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Musselburgh, Penicuik
Monmouthshire530 square milesMonmouth, Newport, Abergavenny, Blackwood, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Tredegar
Montgomeryshire780 square milesMontgomery, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Newtown, Welshpool
Morayshire476 square milesElgin, Fochabers, Lossiemouth, Forres, Rothes
Nairnshire200 square milesNairn, Auldearn, Cawdor
Norfolk2,044 square milesNorwich, Cromer, East Dereham, Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton, King's Lynn
Northamptonshire984 square milesNorthampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough
Northumberland2,018 square milesNewcastle-upon-Tyne, Alnwick, (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Hexham, Morpeth
Nottinghamshire825 square milesNottingham, Mansfield, Newark-on-Trent, Retford, Southwell, Worksop
Orkney376 square milesKirkwall, Balfour, Stromness
Oxfordshire756 square milesOxford, Banbury, Bicester, Carterton, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Witney
Peeblesshire548 square milesPeebles, Innerleithen, West Linton
Pembrokeshire655 square milesPembroke, Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Tenby, St David's
Perthshire2,493 square milesPerth, Blairgowrie, Callander, Coupar Angus, Crieff, Kincardine, Pitlochry, Rattray
Radnorshire485 square milesPresteigne, Knighton, Llandrindod Wells, New Radnor, Rhayader
Renfrewshire245 square milesRenfrew, Barrhead, Greenock, Johnstone, Kilmacolm, Paisley, Port Glasgow
Ross-shire3,089 square milesDingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Stornaway, Tain
Roxburghshire666 square milesJedburgh, Hawick, Kelso, Melrose, Roxburgh
Rutland152 square milesOakham, Cottesmore, Uppingham
Selkirkshire267 square milesSelkirk, Galashiels
Shetland551 square milesLerwick, Baltasound, Scalloway
Shropshire1,343 square milesShrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Telford, Whitchurch
Somerset1,640 square milesTaunton, Bath, Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Wells, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil
Staffordshire1,171 square milesStafford, Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Cannock, Walsall
Stirlingshire447 square milesStirling, Bridge of Allan, Denny, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Kilsyth
Suffolk1,489 square milesIpswich, Bury St Edmunds, Bungay, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Lowestoft, Sudbury
Surrey758 square milesGuildford, Brixton, Croydon, Egham, Farnham, Kingston upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Woking
Sussex1,458 square milesChichester, Bognor Regis, Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Horsham, Worthing
Sutherland2,028 square milesDornoch, Brora, Durness, Golspie, Helmsdale, Lairg, Tongue
Tyrone1,260 square milesOmagh, Cookstown, Dungannon, Strabane
Warwickshire885 square milesWarwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon
West Lothian (Linlithgowshire)120 square milesLinlithgow, Armadale, Bathgate, Bo'ness, Broxburn, Livingston, Whitburn
Westmorland783 square milesAppleby in Westmorland, Ambleside, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Windermere
Wigtownshire487 square milesWigtown, Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Whithorn
Wiltshire1,370 square milesSalisbury, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Swindon, Trowbridge, Warminster
Worcestershire738 square milesWorcester, Dudley, Evesham, Great Malvern, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Stourbridge
Yorkshire6,066 square milesYork

East Riding: Kingston upon Hull, Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Filey, Hornsea

North Riding: Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Scarborough, Whitby

West Riding: Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Halifax, Harrogate

Counties (Local Government) & principal areas

See also:

The areas used for local government are different in different parts of the United Kingdom. They have different names too.

Northern Ireland is one region and there are 26 districts within it. [2] In parts of England there are local government counties with districts in them.[3] In other parts there are counties with just one district, and in those parts there is only one council, which is the district council or the county council.[4] Greater London is not a county; it has London Borough Councils, and a Greater London Authority. In Scotland there are "local government areas"[5] but most people call them "council areas". In Wales there are "principal areas"[6]. Some councils' areas in Wales are called "counties" and others "county boroughs".

CountyTypePart of the UKCouncilDistricts in the county/area
Aberdeencouncil areaScotlandCity Councilnone
Aberdeenshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
AngusCouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Argyll and Butecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Bath and North East SomersetcountyEngland(district council)Bath and North East Somerset
BedfordcountyEngland(district council)Borough of Bedford
BerkshirecountyEnglandnoneBracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham
Blackburn with DarwencountyEngland(district council)Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
BlackpoolcountyEngland(district council)Borough of Blackpool
Blaenau Gwentprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
BournemouthcountyEngland(district council)Borough of Bournemouth
Bridgendprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
Brighton and HovecountyEngland(district council)City of Brighton and Hove
BristolcountyEngland(district council)City of Bristol
BuckinghamshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilAylesbury Vale, South Bucks, Chiltern, Wycombe
CambridgeshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilCambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland , Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire
Caerphillyprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
Cardiffprincipal areaWalesCity and County Councilnone
Carmarthenshireprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
Central BedfordshirecountyEngland(district council)Central Bedfordshire
Ceredigionprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
Cheshire EastcountyEngland(district council)Cheshire East
Cheshire West and ChestercountyEngland(district council)Cheshire West and Chester
Clackmannanshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Conwyprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
CornwallcountyEnglandCouncilnone
CumbriacountyEnglandCounty CouncilAllerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden, South Lakeland
Denbighshireprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
DerbycountyEngland(district council)City of Derby
DerbyshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilAmber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, South Derbyshire
DevoncountyEnglandCounty CouncilEast Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon
DorsetcountyEnglandCounty CouncilWeymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset, Christchurch
Dumfries and Gallowaycouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Dundeecouncil areaScotlandCity Councilnone
County DurhamcountyEnglandCounty Councilnone
East Ayrshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
East Dunbartonshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
East Lothiancouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
East Renfrewshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
East Riding of YorkshirecountyEngland(district council)East Riding of Yorkshire
East SussexcountyEnglandCounty CouncilEastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother, Wealden,
Edinburghcouncil areaScotlandCity Councilnone
EssexcountyEnglandCounty CouncilBasildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Tendring, Uttlesford
Falkirkcouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Fifecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Flintshireprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
Glasgowcouncil areaScotlandCity Councilnone
GloucestershirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilCheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Greater LondonRegionEnglandAuthorityBarking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, City of Westminster
Greater Manchestermetropolitan countyEnglandnoneManchester, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, City of Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan
Gwyneddprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
HaltoncountyEngland(district council)Borough of Halton
HampshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilBasingstoke and Deane, Eastleigh, East Hampshire, Fareham, Gosport, Hart, Havant, New Forest, Rushmoor, Test Valley, City of Winchester
HartlepoolcountyEngland(district council)Borough of Hartlepool
HerefordshirecountyEngland(district council)Herefordshire
HertfordshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilBroxbourne, Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, Hertsmere, North Hertfordshire, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield
Highlandcouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Inverclydecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Isle of Angleseyprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
Isle of WightcountyEnglandCouncilnone
KentcountyEnglandCounty CouncilAshford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Kingston upon HullcountyEngland(district council)Kingston upon Hull
LancashirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilBurnley, Chorley, South Ribble, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, West Lancashire, Wyre
LeicestercountyEngland(district council)City of Leicester
LeicestershirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilBlaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, Oadby and Wigston
LincolnshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilBoston, East Lindsey, Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Holland, South Kesteven, West Lindsey
City of LondoncountyEnglandCity of London Corporationnone
LutoncountyEngland(district council)Borough of Luton
MedwaycountyEngland(district council)City of Medway
Merseysidemetropolitan countyEnglandnoneKnowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral
Merthyr Tydfilprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
MiddlesbroughcountyEngland(district council)Borough of Middlesbrough
Midlothiancouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Milton KeynescountyEngland(district council)Borough of Milton Keynes
Monmouthshireprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
Moraycouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)council areaScotlandCouncilnone
Neath Port Talbotprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
Newportprincipal areaWalesCity Councilnone
NorfolkcountyEnglandCounty CouncilBreckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, South Norfolk
NorthamptonshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilCorby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough
North Ayrshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
North East LincolnshirecountyEngland(district council)North East Lincolnshire
Northern IrelandRegionNorthern IrelandAssemblyAntrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Derry, Down, Dungannon and South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry and Mourne, Newtownabbey, North Down, Omagh, Strabane
North Lanarkshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
North LincolnshirecountyEngland(district council)North Lincolnshire
North SomersetcountyEngland(district council)North Somerset
NorthumberlandcountyEnglandCounty Councilnone
North YorkshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilCraven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby
NottinghamcountyEngland(district council)City of Nottingham
NottinghamshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilAshfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Rushcliffe
Orkney Islandscouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
OxfordshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilOxford, Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire
Pembrokeshireprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
Perth and Kinrosscouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
PeterboroughcountyEngland(district council)City of Peterborough
PlymouthcountyEngland(district council)Portsmouth City of Plymouth
PoolecountyEngland(district council)Borough of Poole
PortsmouthcountyEngland(district council)City of Portsmouth
Powysprincipal areaWalesCounty Councilnone
Redcar and ClevelandcountyEngland(district council)Borough of Redcar and Cleveland
Renfrewshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
RutlandcountyEngland(district council)Rutland
Scottish Borderscouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Shetland Islandscouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
ShropshirecountyEnglandCouncilnone
SomersetcountyEnglandCounty CouncilMendip, South Somerset, Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor, West Somerset
SouthamptoncountyEngland(district council)City of Southampton
South Ayrshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Southend-on-SeacountyEngland(district council)Borough of Southend-on-Sea
South GloucestershirecountyEngland(district council)South Gloucestershire
South Lanarkshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
South Yorkshiremetropolitan countyEnglandnoneBarnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield
StaffordshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilCannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth
Stirlingcouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
Stockton-on-TeescountyEngland(district council)Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
Stoke-on-TrentcountyEngland(district council)City of Stoke-on-Trent
SwindoncountyEngland(district council)Borough of Swindon
SuffolkcountyEnglandCounty CouncilBabergh, Forest Heath, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk Coastal, Waveney
SurreycountyEnglandCounty CouncilElmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, Woking
Swanseaprincipal areaWalesCity and County Councilnone
Telford and WrekincountyEngland(district council)Borough of Telford and Wrekin
ThurrockcountyEngland(district council)Borough of Thurrock
TorbaycountyEngland(district council)Borough of Torbay
Torfaenprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
Tyne and Wearmetropolitan countyEnglandnoneGateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland
Vale of Glamorganprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
WarringtoncountyEngland(district council)Borough of Warrington
WarwickshirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilNorth Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick
West Dunbartonshirecouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
West Lothiancouncil areaScotlandCouncilnone
West Midlandsmetropolitan countyEnglandnoneBirmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton
West SussexcountyEnglandCounty CouncilAdur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex, Worthing
West Yorkshiremetropolitan countyEnglandnoneBradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield
WiltshirecountyEnglandCouncilnone
WorcestershirecountyEnglandCounty CouncilBromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest
Wrexhamprincipal areaWalesCounty Borough Councilnone
YorkcountyEngland(district council)City of York
Other areas:
Inner TemplelibertyEnglandThe Sub-Treasurernone
Isles of Scilly EnglandCouncilnone
Middle TemplelibertyEnglandThe Undertreasurernone

Ceremonial Counties & Lieutenancy Areas

The Queen appoints officers called "lord-lieutenants". The areas in which they have their duties are usually called ceremonial county, except in Scotland, where they are "lieutenancy areas". A lord-lieutenant and a high sheriff is appointed to each ceremonial county. In Scotland a lord-lieutenant only is appointed to each lieutenancy area.

Ceremonial Counties (England, Northern Ireland and Wales)

A ceremonial county in England and Wales is a local government county or a group of local government counties. In Northern Ireland it is a county or county borough.

Ceremonial CountyConsisting of:
AntrimCounty of Antrim
ArmaghCounty of Armagh
BedfordshireBedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton
Belfast CityBelfast County Borough
BerkshireBerkshire
BristolCity of Bristol
BuckinghamshireBuckinghamshire and Milton Keynes
CambridgeshireCambridgeshire and Peterborough
CheshireCheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington
City of LondonThe City of London
ClwydConwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham
CornwallCornwall and Isles of Scilly
CumbriaCumbria
DerbyshireDerbyshire and Derby
DevonDevon, Plymouth and Torbay
DorsetDorset, Bournemouth and Poole
DownCounty of Down
DurhamDurham, Darlington, Hartlepool, and the part of Stockton-on-Tees which is north of the River Tees
DyfedCarmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire
East Riding of YorkshireEast Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston-upon-Hull
East SussexEast Sussex and Brighton and Hove
EssexEssex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock
FermanaghCounty of Fermanagh
GloucestershireGloucestershire and South Gloucestershire
Greater LondonGreater London apart from the City of London
Greater ManchesterGreater Manchester
GwentBlaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Newport
GwyneddAnglesey, Gwynedd
HampshireHampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton
HerefordshireHerefordshire
HertfordshireHertfordshire
Isle of WightIsle of Wight
KentKent and Medway
LancashireLancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool
LeicestershireLeicestershire and Leicester
LincolnshireLincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire
LondonderryCounty of Londonderry
Londonderry CityLondonderry County Borough
MerseysideMerseyside
Mid GlamorganBridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff
NorfolkNorfolk
North YorkshireNorth Yorkshire, York, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and the part of Stockton-on-Tees which is south of the River Tees
NorthamptonshireNorthamptonshire
NorthumberlandNorthumberland
NottinghamshireNottinghamshire and Nottingham
OxfordshireOxfordshire
PowysPowys
RutlandRutland
ShropshireShropshire and Telford and Wrekin
SomersetSomerset and Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset
South GlamorganCardiff, Vale of Glamorgan
South YorkshireSouth Yorkshire
StaffordshireStaffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
SuffolkSuffolk
SurreySurrey
Tyne and WearTyne and Wear
TyroneCounty of Tyrone
WarwickshireWarwickshire
West GlamorganNeath Port Talbot, Swansea
West MidlandsWest Midlands
West SussexWest Sussex
West YorkshireWest Yorkshire
WiltshireWiltshire and Swindon
WorcestershireWorcestershire

Lieutenancy Areas (Scotland)

Area NameAreas covered[7]
AberdeenshireAberdeenshire (historic) except parts in the City of Aberdeen
AngusThe Angus principal area
Argyll and ButeThe former district of Argyll and Bute
Ayrshire and ArranThe former districts of Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Cunninghame, and Kyle and Carrick
BanffshireBanffshire (historic)
BerwickshireThe former district of Berwickshire
CaithnessCaithness
ClackmannanThe former district of Clackmannan
DumfriesThe former districts of Nithsdale, and Annandale and Eskdale
DunbartonshireThe former districts of Dumbarton, Clydebank, Bearsden and Milngavie, Strathkelvin, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, South Lenzie/Waterside ward
East LothianThe former district of East Lothian
FifeFife
InvernessThe former districts of Lochaber, Inverness, and Badenoch and Strathspey
KincardineshireKincardineshire (historic) except Nigg
LanarkshireThe former districts of Monklands, Motherwell, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Clydesdale, and various other parts of the former Strathclyde region
MidlothianThe former district of Midlothian
MorayMorayshire except those in the former Highland Region
NairnThe former district of Nairn
OrkneyOrkney
Perth and KinrossThe Perth and Kinross principal area
RenfrewshireThe former districts of Eastwood, Renfrew, and Inverclyde
Ross and CromartyThe former districts of Ross and Cromarty, and Skye and Lochalsh
Roxburgh, Ettrick and LauderdaleThe former districts of Roxburgh, and Ettrick and Lauderdale
ShetlandShetland
Stirling and FalkirkThe former districts of Stirling and Falkirk
SutherlandThe former district of Sutherland
The Stewartry of KirkcudbrightThe former district of Stewartry
TweeddaleThe former district of Tweeddale (Peeblesshire)
West LothianThe former district of West Lothian
Western IslesNa h-Eileanan Siar
WigtownThe former district of Wigtown

Notes

  1. Census Report, 1891 (General Register Office)
  2. Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 and Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972
  3. The Local Government Act 1972
  4. Local Government Act 1992
  5. Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994
  6. Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
  7. SI 1996 No. 731 The Lord-Lieutenants (Scotland) Order 1996

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