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A county hall or shire hall is a common name given to a building that houses the seat of local government for a county.

The location of the county hall has usually denoted the county town. However, in the case of Surrey, England, when county boundaries changed the county hall remained in Kingston upon Thames and so is now in a different county.[1] County Halls usually contain a council chamber, committee rooms and offices.[2]

List of county and shire halls[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

County halls in England, with the ceremonial county they serve, include:[a]

Name Town or city County Reference
Avon House Bristol Avon [3]
County Hall Bedford Bedfordshire [4]
Shire Hall Reading Berkshire [5]
County Hall Aylesbury Buckinghamshire [6]
Shire Hall Cambridge Cambridgeshire [7]
County Hall Chester Cheshire [8]
Municipal Buildings Middlesbrough Cleveland [9]
County Hall Truro Cornwall [10]
Cumbria House Carlisle Cumbria [11]
County Hall Matlock Derbyshire [12]
County Hall Exeter Devon [13]
County Hall Dorchester Dorset [14]
County Hall Durham County Durham [15]
County Hall Lewes East Sussex [16]
County Hall Beverley East Yorkshire [17]
County Hall Chelmsford Essex [18]
Shire Hall Gloucester Gloucestershire [19]
City Hall London Greater London [20]
County Hall Manchester Greater Manchester [21]
Castle Hill Winchester Hampshire [22]
Shirehall Hereford Herefordshire [23]
County Hall Hertford Hertfordshire [24]
County Hall Newport Isle of Wight [25]
County Hall Maidstone Kent [26]
County Hall Preston Lancashire [27]
County Hall Glenfield Leicestershire [28]
County Offices Lincoln Lincolnshire [29]
The Guildhall Westminster Middlesex [30]
Metropolitan House Liverpool Merseyside [31]
County Hall Norwich Norfolk [32]
County Hall Northampton Northamptonshire [33]
County Hall Morpeth Northumberland [34]
County Hall Northallerton North Yorkshire [35]
County Hall Nottingham Nottinghamshire [36]
County Hall Oxford Oxfordshire [37]
Catmose House Oakham Rutland [38]
Shirehall Shrewsbury Shropshire [39]
County Hall Taunton Somerset [40]
County Hall Barnsley South Yorkshire [41]
County Buildings Stafford Staffordshire [42]
Endeavour House Ipswich Suffolk [43]
County Hall Kingston upon Thames Surrey [44]
Sandyford House Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear [45]
Shire Hall Warwick Warwickshire [46]
County Hall Birmingham West Midlands [47]
County Hall Chichester West Sussex [48]
County Hall Wakefield West Yorkshire [49]
County Hall Trowbridge Wiltshire [50]
County Hall Worcester Worcestershire [51]

County halls in Wales, with the preserved county they serve, include:[b]

Name Town or city County Reference
County Hall Mold Clwyd [52]
County Hall Carmarthen Dyfed [53]
County Hall Cwmbran Gwent [54]
Council Offices Caernarfon Gwynedd [55]
County Hall Cardiff (Cathays Park) Mid Glamorgan [56]
County Hall Llandrindod Wells Powys [57]
County Hall Cardiff (Butetown) South Glamorgan [58]
County Hall Swansea West Glamorgan [59]

County halls ceased to have a role in Scotland in 1975 when a system of large regional councils was introduced.[60][c]

County halls ceased to have a role in Northern Ireland in 1973 when a system of local government districts was introduced.[61][d]

Republic of Ireland[edit]

County halls in the Republic of Ireland, with the county they serve, include:

Name Town or city County Reference
County Buildings Carlow County Carlow [62]
Cavan Courthouse Cavan County Cavan [63]
County Building Ennis County Clare [64]
County Hall Cork County Cork [65]
County House Lifford County Donegal [66]
County Hall Dún Laoghaire Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown [67]
County Hall Swords Fingal [68]
County Hall Galway County Galway [69]
County Hall Tralee County Kerry [70]
Kildare Building Naas County Kildare [71]
County Hall Kilkenny County Kilkenny [72]
County Hall Port Laoise County Laois [73]
County Hall Carrick-on-Shannon County Leitrim [74]
Civic Offices Limerick County Limerick [75]
County Hall Longford County Longford [76]
County Hall Dundalk County Louth [77]
County Hall Castlebar County Mayo [78]
County Hall Navan County Meath [79]
County Offices Monaghan County Monaghan [80]
County Hall Tullamore County Offaly [81]
County Hall Roscommon County Roscommon [82]
County Hall Sligo County Sligo [83]
County Hall Tallaght South Dublin [84]
Civic Offices Nenagh County Tipperary (formerly North Tipperary) [85]
Civic Offices Clonmel County Tipperary (formerly South Tipperary) [86]
Civic Offices Dungarvan County Waterford [87]
County Buildings Mullingar County Westmeath [88]
County Hall Wexford County Wexford [89]
County Buildings Wicklow County Wicklow [90]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some of the English county councils have been abolished to make way for unitary authorities and the respective county halls have either been transferred to successor authorities or have been the subject of change of use
  2. ^ Some of the Welsh county councils have been abolished to make way for unitary authorities and the respective county halls have either been transferred to successor authorities or have been the subject of change of use
  3. ^ All of the Scottish county councils have been abolished to make way for regional authorities and subsequently unitary authorities and the respective county halls have either been transferred to successor authorities or have been the subject of change of use
  4. ^ All of the Northern Irish county councils have been abolished to make way for local government districts and the respective county halls have either been transferred to successor authorities or have been the subject of change of use

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