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

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.

County Before 1889 1889–1974 1974+[2] Current
ceremonial
[3]
Postal
1974–1996
[4]
County Administrative Metropolitan Non-metropolitan
Avon Yes 1974–1996 Yes
Bedfordshire Yes Yes Yes Yes 1974–2009 Yes Yes
Berkshire Yes Yes Yes Yes[5] Yes Yes
City of Bristol County corporate Yes County borough Yes Special post town
Buckinghamshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cambridgeshire Yes Yes 1889–1965 Yes 1889–1965 Yes Yes Yes
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Yes 1965–1974 Yes 1965–1974
Cheshire Yes Yes Yes Yes 1974–2009 Yes Yes
Cleveland Yes 1974–1996 Yes
Cornwall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cumberland Yes Yes Yes
Cumbria Yes Yes Yes
Derbyshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Devon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dorset Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Durham Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
East Suffolk Division Yes
East Sussex Division Yes Yes Yes Yes
Essex Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gloucestershire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Greater London Yes 1965–1974 County[6] Yes
Greater Manchester Yes Yes
Hampshire (County of Southampton) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hereford and Worcester Yes 1974–1998
Herefordshire Yes Yes Yes UA 1998+[7] Yes Yes
Hertfordshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Humberside Yes 1974–1996
Huntingdon and Peterborough Yes 1965–1974 Yes 1965–1974
Huntingdonshire Yes Yes 1889–1965 Yes 1889–1965
Isle of Ely Division Yes 1889–1965
Isle of Wight Yes 1890–1974 Yes Yes Yes
Kent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lancashire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Leicestershire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lincolnshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lincolnshire, Parts of Holland Division Yes
Lincolnshire, Parts of Kesteven Division Yes
Lincolnshire, Parts of Lindsey Division Yes
London The Metropolis[8] Yes Yes Special post town
City of London County corporate Yes
Merseyside Yes Yes Yes
Middlesex Yes Yes Yes Yes
Norfolk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Northamptonshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Northumberland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Humberside Yes
North Yorkshire Yes Yes Yes
Nottinghamshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oxfordshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soke of Peterborough Liberty Yes 1889–1965
Rutland Yes Yes Yes UA 1997+[7] Yes Yes 2008+[9]
Shropshire (Salop) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Somerset Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
South Humberside Yes
South Yorkshire Yes Yes Yes
Staffordshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Suffolk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Surrey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sussex Yes Yes
Tyne and Wear Yes Yes Yes
Warwickshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
West Midlands Yes Yes Yes
Westmorland Yes Yes Yes
West Suffolk Division Yes
West Sussex Division Yes Yes Yes Yes
West Yorkshire Yes Yes Yes
Wiltshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Worcestershire Yes Yes Yes Yes 1998+ Yes Yes
Yorkshire Yes Yes
Yorkshire, East Riding Division L[10] Yes UA 1996+[7] Yes
Yorkshire, North Riding Division L[10] Yes
Yorkshire, West Riding Division L[10] Yes

Northern Ireland[edit]

County Before 1899 1899–1973 Current
lieutenancy[11]
Postal
before 1996[4]
County Administrative
Antrim Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Armagh Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
City of Belfast Part of counties Antrim and Down Yes CB[12] Yes Yes Special post town
Down Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fermanagh Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Londonderry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
City of Derry Part of County Londonderry Yes CB[12] Yes Yes Special post town
Tyrone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Scotland[edit]

Main article: Counties of Scotland
County Before 1890 1890–1975 Lieutenancy Registration[13] Postal
before 1996[4]
City of Aberdeen Yes 1900 Yes Special post town
Aberdeenshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Angus (Forfarshire) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Argyll Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ayrshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Banffshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Berwickshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bute Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Caithness Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Clackmannanshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cromartyshire Yes
Dumfriesshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dunbartonshire (Dumbarton) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
City of Dundee Yes 1894 Yes Special post town
East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
City of Edinburgh Yes Yes Yes Special post town
Fife Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
City of Glasgow Yes 1893 Yes Yes Special post town
Inverness-shire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kincardineshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kinross-shire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kirkcudbrightshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lanarkshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Midlothian (County of Edinburgh) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Moray (Elginshire) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nairnshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Orkney Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Peeblesshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Perthshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Renfrewshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ross and Cromarty Yes Yes Yes
Ross-shire Yes Yes
Roxburghshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Selkirkshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shetland (Zetland) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stirlingshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sutherland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wigtownshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Wales[edit]

County Before 1889 1889–1974 1974–1996 1996+ Postal
1974–1996[4]
Preserved[3] County[14]
Anglesey Yes Yes Yes Isle of Anglesey
Brecknockshire Yes Yes
Caernarfonshire Yes Yes
Cardiganshire Yes Yes Yes Ceredigion
Carmarthenshire Yes Yes Yes
Clwyd Yes Yes Yes
Denbighshire Yes Yes Yes
Dyfed Yes Yes Yes
Flintshire Yes Yes Yes Flintshire
Glamorgan Yes Yes
Gwent Yes Yes Yes
Gwynedd Yes Yes Yes Yes
Merionethshire Yes Yes
Mid Glamorgan Yes Yes Yes
Monmouthshire Yes Yes Yes Monmouthshire
Montgomeryshire Yes Yes
Pembrokeshire Yes Yes Yes
Powys Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radnorshire Yes Yes
South Glamorgan Yes Yes Yes
West Glamorgan Yes Yes Yes

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