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.

Contents

England

NB: following changes under 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
AvonGreen tickY 1974–1996Green tickY
BedfordshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY 1974–2009Green tickYGreen tickY
BerkshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY[5]Green tickYGreen tickY
City of BristolCounty corporateGreen tickYCounty boroughGreen tickYSpecial post town
BuckinghamshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
CambridgeshireGreen tickYGreen tickY 1889–1965Green tickY 1889–1965Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Cambridgeshire and Isle of ElyGreen tickY 1965–1974Green tickY 1965–1974
CheshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY 1974–2009Green tickYGreen tickY
ClevelandGreen tickY 1974–1996Green tickY
CornwallGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
CumberlandGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
CumbriaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
DerbyshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
DevonGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
DorsetGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
DurhamGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
East SuffolkDivisionGreen tickY
East SussexDivisionGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
EssexGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
GloucestershireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Greater LondonGreen tickY 1965–1974County[6]Green tickY
Greater ManchesterGreen tickYGreen tickY
Hampshire (County of Southampton)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Hereford and WorcesterGreen tickY 1974–1998
HerefordshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYUA 1998+[7]Green tickYGreen tickY
HertfordshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
HumbersideGreen tickY 1974–1996
Huntingdon and PeterboroughGreen tickY 1965–1974Green tickY 1965–1974
HuntingdonshireGreen tickYGreen tickY 1889–1965Green tickY 1889–1965
Isle of ElyDivisionGreen tickY 1889–1965
Isle of WightGreen tickY 1890–1974Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
KentGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
LancashireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
LeicestershireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
LincolnshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Lincolnshire, Parts of HollandDivisionGreen tickY
Lincolnshire, Parts of KestevenDivisionGreen tickY
Lincolnshire, Parts of LindseyDivisionGreen tickY
LondonThe Metropolis[8]Green tickYGreen tickYSpecial post town
City of LondonCounty corporateGreen tickY
MerseysideGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
MiddlesexGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
NorfolkGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
NorthamptonshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
NorthumberlandGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
North HumbersideGreen tickY
North YorkshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
NottinghamshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
OxfordshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Soke of PeterboroughLibertyGreen tickY 1889–1965
RutlandGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYUA 1997+[7]Green tickYGreen tickY 2008+[9]
Shropshire (Salop)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
SomersetGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
South HumbersideGreen tickY
South YorkshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
StaffordshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
SuffolkGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
SurreyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
SussexGreen tickYGreen tickY
Tyne and WearGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
WarwickshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
West MidlandsGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
WestmorlandGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
West SuffolkDivisionGreen tickY
West SussexDivisionGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
West YorkshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
WiltshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
WorcestershireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY 1998+Green tickYGreen tickY
YorkshireGreen tickYGreen tickY
Yorkshire, East RidingDivisionL[10]Green tickYUA 1996+[7]Green tickY
Yorkshire, North RidingDivisionL[10]Green tickY
Yorkshire, West RidingDivisionL[10]Green tickY

Northern Ireland

CountyBefore 18991899–1973Current
lieutenancy[11]
Postal
before 1996[4]
CountyAdministrative
AntrimGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
ArmaghGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
City of BelfastPart of counties Antrim and DownGreen tickY CB[12]Green tickYGreen tickYSpecial post town
DownGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
FermanaghGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
LondonderryGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
City of LondonderryPart of County LondonderryGreen tickY CB[12]Green tickYGreen tickYSpecial post town
TyroneGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY

Scotland

CountyBefore 18901890–1975LieutenancyRegistration[13]Postal
before 1996[4]
City of AberdeenGreen tickY 1900Green tickYSpecial post town
AberdeenshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Angus (Forfarshire)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
ArgyllGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
AyrshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
BanffshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
BerwickshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
ButeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
CaithnessGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
ClackmannanshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
CromartyshireGreen tickY
DumfriesshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Dunbartonshire (Dumbarton)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
City of DundeeGreen tickY 1894Green tickYSpecial post town
East Lothian (Haddingtonshire)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
City of EdinburghGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYSpecial post town
FifeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
City of GlasgowGreen tickY 1893Green tickYGreen tickYSpecial post town
Inverness-shireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
KincardineshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Kinross-shireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
KirkcudbrightshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
LanarkshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Midlothian (County of Edinburgh)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Moray (Elginshire)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
NairnshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
OrkneyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
PeeblesshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
PerthshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
RenfrewshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Ross and CromartyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Ross-shireGreen tickYGreen tickY
RoxburghshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
SelkirkshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Shetland (Zetland)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
StirlingshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
SutherlandGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
West Lothian (Linlithgowshire)Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
WigtownshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY

Wales

CountyBefore 18891889–19741974–19961996+Postal
1974–1996[4]
Preserved[3]County[14]
AngleseyGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY Isle of Anglesey
BrecknockshireGreen tickYGreen tickY
CaernarfonshireGreen tickYGreen tickY
CardiganshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY Ceredigion
CarmarthenshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
ClwydGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
DenbighshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
DyfedGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
FlintshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY Flintshire
GlamorganGreen tickYGreen tickY
GwentGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
GwyneddGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
MerionethshireGreen tickYGreen tickY
Mid GlamorganGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
MonmouthshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY Monmouthshire
MontgomeryshireGreen tickYGreen tickY
PembrokeshireGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
PowysGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
RadnorshireGreen tickYGreen tickY
South GlamorganGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
West GlamorganGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY

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. ^ 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