List of counties of the United Kingdom

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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.

England[edit]

Main article: Counties of England

Following changes to local government in some areas in the 1990s and 2009 creating unitary authorities, a number of districts, although forming part of a larger ceremonial county themselves form a non-metropolitan county. See Non-metropolitan county#List of non-metropolitan counties.

CountyBefore 18891889–19741974+[2]Current
ceremonial
[3]
Postal
1974–1996
[4]
CountyAdministrativeMetropolitanNon-metropolitan
AvonYes 1974–1996Yes
BedfordshireYesYesYesYes 1974–2009YesYes
BerkshireYesYesYesYes[5]YesYes
City of BristolCounty corporateYesCounty boroughYesSpecial post town
BuckinghamshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
CambridgeshireYesYes 1889–1965Yes 1889–1965YesYesYes
Cambridgeshire and Isle of ElyYes 1965–1974Yes 1965–1974
CheshireYesYesYesYes 1974–2009YesYes
ClevelandYes 1974–1996Yes
CornwallYesYesYesYesYesYes
CumberlandYesYesYes
CumbriaYesYesYes
DerbyshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
DevonYesYesYesYesYesYes
DorsetYesYesYesYesYesYes
DurhamYesYesYesYesYesYes
East SuffolkDivisionYes
East SussexDivisionYesYesYesYes
EssexYesYesYesYesYesYes
GloucestershireYesYesYesYesYesYes
Greater LondonYes 1965–1974County[6]Yes
Greater ManchesterYesYes
Hampshire (County of Southampton)YesYesYesYesYesYes
Hereford and WorcesterYes 1974–1998
HerefordshireYesYesYesUA 1998+[7]YesYes
HertfordshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
HumbersideYes 1974–1996
Huntingdon and PeterboroughYes 1965–1974Yes 1965–1974
HuntingdonshireYesYes 1889–1965Yes 1889–1965
Isle of ElyDivisionYes 1889–1965
Isle of WightYes 1890–1974YesYesYes
KentYesYesYesYesYesYes
LancashireYesYesYesYesYesYes
LeicestershireYesYesYesYesYesYes
LincolnshireYesYesYesYesYes
Lincolnshire, Parts of HollandDivisionYes
Lincolnshire, Parts of KestevenDivisionYes
Lincolnshire, Parts of LindseyDivisionYes
LondonThe Metropolis[8]YesYesSpecial post town
City of LondonCounty corporateYes
MerseysideYesYesYes
MiddlesexYesYesYesYes
NorfolkYesYesYesYesYesYes
NorthamptonshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
NorthumberlandYesYesYesYesYesYes
North HumbersideYes
North YorkshireYesYesYes
NottinghamshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
OxfordshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
Soke of PeterboroughLibertyYes 1889–1965
RutlandYesYesYesUA 1997+[7]YesYes 2008+[9]
Shropshire (Salop)YesYesYesYesYesYes
SomersetYesYesYesYesYesYes
South HumbersideYes
South YorkshireYesYesYes
StaffordshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
SuffolkYesYesYesYesYes
SurreyYesYesYesYesYesYes
SussexYesYes
Tyne and WearYesYesYes
WarwickshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
West MidlandsYesYesYes
WestmorlandYesYesYes
West SuffolkDivisionYes
West SussexDivisionYesYesYesYes
West YorkshireYesYesYes
WiltshireYesYesYesYesYesYes
WorcestershireYesYesYesYes 1998+YesYes
YorkshireYesYes
Yorkshire, East RidingDivisionL[10]YesUA 1996+[7]Yes
Yorkshire, North RidingDivisionL[10]Yes
Yorkshire, West RidingDivisionL[10]Yes

Northern Ireland[edit]

CountyBefore 18991899–1973Current
lieutenancy[11]
Postal
before 1996[4]
CountyAdministrative
AntrimYesYesYesYesYes
ArmaghYesYesYesYesYes
City of BelfastPart of counties Antrim and DownYes CB[12]YesYesSpecial post town
DownYesYesYesYesYes
FermanaghYesYesYesYesYes
LondonderryYesYesYesYesYes
City of DerryPart of County LondonderryYes CB[12]YesYesSpecial post town
TyroneYesYesYesYesYes

Scotland[edit]

Main article: Counties of Scotland
CountyBefore 18901890–1975LieutenancyRegistration[13]Postal
before 1996[4]
City of AberdeenYes 1900YesSpecial post town
AberdeenshireYesYesYesYesYes
Angus (Forfarshire)YesYesYesYesYes
ArgyllYesYesYesYesYes
AyrshireYesYesYesYesYes
BanffshireYesYesYesYesYes
BerwickshireYesYesYesYesYes
ButeYesYesYesYesYes
CaithnessYesYesYesYesYes
ClackmannanshireYesYesYesYesYes
CromartyshireYes
DumfriesshireYesYesYesYesYes
Dunbartonshire (Dumbarton)YesYesYesYesYes
City of DundeeYes 1894YesSpecial post town
East Lothian (Haddingtonshire)YesYesYesYesYes
City of EdinburghYesYesYesSpecial post town
FifeYesYesYesYesYes
City of GlasgowYes 1893YesYesSpecial post town
Inverness-shireYesYesYesYesYes
KincardineshireYesYesYesYesYes
Kinross-shireYesYesYesYesYes
KirkcudbrightshireYesYesYesYesYes
LanarkshireYesYesYesYesYes
Midlothian (County of Edinburgh)YesYesYesYesYes
Moray (Elginshire)YesYesYesYesYes
NairnshireYesYesYesYesYes
OrkneyYesYesYesYesYes
PeeblesshireYesYesYesYesYes
PerthshireYesYesYesYesYes
RenfrewshireYesYesYesYesYes
Ross and CromartyYesYesYes
Ross-shireYesYes
RoxburghshireYesYesYesYesYes
SelkirkshireYesYesYesYesYes
Shetland (Zetland)YesYesYesYesYes
StirlingshireYesYesYesYesYes
SutherlandYesYesYesYesYes
West Lothian (Linlithgowshire)YesYesYesYesYes
WigtownshireYesYesYesYesYes

Wales[edit]

CountyBefore 18891889–19741974–19961996+Postal
1974–1996[4]
Preserved[3]County[14]
AngleseyYesYesYes Isle of Anglesey
BrecknockshireYesYes
CaernarfonshireYesYes
CardiganshireYesYesYes Ceredigion
CarmarthenshireYesYesYes
ClwydYesYesYes
DenbighshireYesYesYes
DyfedYesYesYes
FlintshireYesYesYes Flintshire
GlamorganYesYes
GwentYesYesYes
GwyneddYesYesYesYes
MerionethshireYesYes
Mid GlamorganYesYesYes
MonmouthshireYesYesYes Monmouthshire
MontgomeryshireYesYes
PembrokeshireYesYesYes
PowysYesYesYesYes
RadnorshireYesYes
South GlamorganYesYesYes
West GlamorganYesYesYes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ For ceremonial purposes only
  7. ^ a b c Non-metropolitan district with the powers of a county, following the Local Government Act 1992
  8. ^ The Metropolis was an ad hoc administrative area covering parts of three counties
  9. ^ AFD Software - Latest PAF Data News
  10. ^ a b c Appointed a Lord Lieutenant, but not a county under the Local Government Act 1888
  11. ^ Northern Ireland (Lieutenancy) Order 1975 (SI 1975 No. 156)
  12. ^ a b County styled as county borough by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898
  13. ^ Registers of Scotland - Land Register Counties
  14. ^ Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 S.1 - Principal areas styled as a county