List of English districts

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This is a list of the districts of England, a type of country subdivision governed by a local authority, that cover all of England. Most English districts are known as non-metropolitan districts and are found in non-metropolitan counties. However, primarily in urban areas, other types of districts are found. Each district is contained within one ceremonial county, except Stockton-on-Tees, which is split for this purpose. Population figures are the mid-year estimates for 2018 from the Office for National Statistics.[1]

Nomenclature[edit]

There are currently 317 districts in England. The districts are divided into several categories which determine the powers and functions of the local authority.

Each district can additionally hold the honorific statuses of borough, city and royal borough, which does not affect the powers and functions of the local authority.

List of Districts[edit]

Name Website Population
(2018 est.)
Title Type Ceremonial County
Adur website 63,869 District West Sussex
Allerdale website 97,527 Borough Cumbria
Amber Valley website 126,678 Borough Derbyshire
Arun website 159,827 District West Sussex
Ashfield website 127,151 District Nottinghamshire
Ashford website 129,281 Borough Kent
Aylesbury Vale website 199,448 District Buckinghamshire
Babergh website 91,401 District Suffolk
Barking and Dagenham website 211,998 London Borough London borough Greater London
Barnet website 392,140 London Borough London borough Greater London
Barnsley website 245,199 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
Barrow-in-Furness website 67,137 Borough Cumbria
Basildon website 185,862 Borough Essex
Basingstoke and Deane website 175,729 Borough Hampshire
Bassetlaw website 116,839 District Nottinghamshire
Bath and North East Somerset website 192,106 Unitary authority Somerset
Bedford website 171,623 Borough Unitary authority Bedfordshire
Bexley website 247,258 London Borough London borough Greater London
Birmingham website 1,141,374 City (1889) Metropolitan borough West Midlands
Blaby website 100,421 District Leicestershire
Blackburn with Darwen website 148,942 Borough Unitary authority Lancashire
Blackpool website 139,305 Borough Unitary authority Lancashire
Bolsover website 79,530 District Derbyshire
Bolton website 285,372 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Boston website 69,366 Borough Lincolnshire
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole website 395,784 Borough Unitary authority Dorset
Bracknell Forest website 121,676 Borough Unitary authority Berkshire
Bradford website 537,173 City (1897) Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
Braintree website 151,561 District Essex
Breckland website 139,329 District Norfolk
Brent website 330,795 London Borough London borough Greater London
Brentwood website 76,550 Borough Essex
Brighton and Hove website 290,395 City (2000) Unitary authority East Sussex
Bristol website 463,405 City (1542) Unitary authority Bristol
Broadland website 129,464 District Norfolk
Bromley website 331,096 London Borough London borough Greater London
Bromsgrove website 96,876 District Worcestershire
Broxbourne website 96,800 Borough Hertfordshire
Broxtowe website 113,272 Borough Nottinghamshire
Burnley website 88,527 Borough Lancashire
Bury website 190,108 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Calderdale website 210,082 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
Cambridge website 125,758 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
Camden website 262,226 London Borough London borough Greater London
Cannock Chase website 100,109 District Staffordshire
Canterbury website 164,553 City (TI) Kent
Carlisle website 108,387 City (TI) Cumbria
Castle Point website 90,070 Borough Essex
Central Bedfordshire website 283,606 Unitary authority Bedfordshire
Charnwood website 182,643 Borough Leicestershire
Chelmsford website 177,079 City (2012) Essex
Cheltenham website 117,090 Borough Gloucestershire
Cherwell website 149,161 District Oxfordshire
Cheshire East website 380,790 Unitary authority Cheshire
Cheshire West and Chester website 340,502 Unitary authority Cheshire
Chesterfield website 104,628 Borough Derbyshire
Chichester website 120,750 District West Sussex
Chiltern website 95,927 District Buckinghamshire
Chorley website 116,821 Borough Lancashire
Colchester website 192,523 Borough Essex
Copeland website 68,424 Borough Cumbria
Corby website 70,827 Borough Northamptonshire
Cornwall website 565,968 Unitary authority Cornwall
Cotswold website 89,022 District Gloucestershire
Coventry website 366,785 City (1345) Metropolitan borough West Midlands
Craven website 56,832 District North Yorkshire
Crawley website 112,448 Borough West Sussex
Croydon website 385,346 London Borough London borough Greater London
Dacorum website 154,280 Borough Hertfordshire
Darlington website 106,566 Borough Unitary authority County Durham
Dartford website 109,709 Borough Kent
Daventry website 84,484 District Northamptonshire
Derby website 257,174 City (1977) Unitary authority Derbyshire
Derbyshire Dales website 71,977 District Derbyshire
Doncaster website 310,542 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
Dorset website 376,484 Unitary authority Dorset
Dover website 116,969 District Kent
Dudley website 320,626 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough West Midlands
County Durham website 526,980 Unitary authority County Durham
Ealing website 341,982 London Borough London borough Greater London
East Cambridgeshire website 89,362 District Cambridgeshire
East Devon website 144,317 District Devon
East Hampshire website 120,681 District Hampshire
East Hertfordshire website 148,105 District Hertfordshire
East Lindsey website 140,741 District Lincolnshire
East Northamptonshire website 93,906 District Northamptonshire
East Riding of Yorkshire website 339,614 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
East Staffordshire website 118,574 Borough Staffordshire
East Suffolk website 248,249 District Suffolk
Eastbourne website 103,160 Borough East Sussex
Eastleigh website 131,819 Borough Hampshire
Eden website 52,881 District Cumbria
Elmbridge website 136,626 Borough Surrey
Enfield website 333,869 London Borough London borough Greater London
Epping Forest website 131,137 District Essex
Epsom and Ewell website 79,928 Borough Surrey
Erewash website 115,490 Borough Derbyshire
Exeter website 130,428 City (TI) Devon
Fareham website 116,339 Borough Hampshire
Fenland website 101,491 District Cambridgeshire
Folkestone and Hythe website 112,578 District Kent
Forest of Dean website 86,543 District Gloucestershire
Fylde website 79,770 Borough Lancashire
Gateshead website 202,508 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
Gedling website 117,786 Borough Nottinghamshire
Gloucester website 129,285 City (1541) Gloucestershire
Gosport website 85,283 Borough Hampshire
Gravesham website 106,385 Borough Kent
Great Yarmouth website 99,370 Borough Norfolk
Greenwich website 286,186 Royal Borough London Borough Greater London
Guildford website 147,889 Borough Surrey
Hackney website 279,665 London Borough London borough Greater London
Halton website 128,432 Borough Unitary authority Cheshire
Hambleton website 91,134 District North Yorkshire
Hammersmith and Fulham website 185,426 London Borough London borough Greater London
Harborough website 92,499 District Leicestershire
Haringey website 270,624 London Borough London borough Greater London
Harlow website 86,594 District Essex
Harrogate website 160,533 District North Yorkshire
Harrow website 250,149 London Borough London borough Greater London
Hart website 96,293 District Hampshire
Hartlepool website 93,242 Borough Unitary authority County Durham
Hastings website 92,855 Borough East Sussex
Havant website 125,813 Borough Hampshire
Havering website 257,810 London Borough London borough Greater London
Herefordshire website 192,107 Unitary authority Herefordshire
Hertsmere website 104,205 Borough Hertfordshire
High Peak website 92,221 Borough Derbyshire
Hillingdon website 304,824 London Borough London borough Greater London
Hinckley and Bosworth website 112,423 Borough Leicestershire
Horsham website 142,217 District West Sussex
Hounslow website 270,782 London Borough London borough Greater London
Kingston upon Hull website 260,645 City (1299) Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Huntingdonshire website 177,352 District Cambridgeshire
Hyndburn website 80,815 Borough Lancashire
Ipswich website 137,532 Borough Suffolk
Isle of Wight website 141,538 Unitary authority Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly website 2,242 Sui generis Cornwall
Islington website 239,142 London Borough London borough Greater London
Kensington and Chelsea website 156,197 Royal borough London Borough Greater London
Kettering website 101,266 Borough Northamptonshire
King's Lynn and West Norfolk website 151,811 Borough Norfolk
Kingston upon Thames website 175,470 Royal Borough London Borough Greater London
Kirklees website 438,727 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
Knowsley website 149,571 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Merseyside
Lambeth website 325,917 London Borough London borough Greater London
Lancaster website 144,246 City (1937) Lancashire
Leeds website 789,194 City (1895) Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
Leicester website 355,218 City (1919) Unitary authority Leicestershire
Lewes website 102,744 District East Sussex
Lewisham website 303,536 London Borough London borough Greater London
Lichfield website 103,965 District Staffordshire
Lincoln website 99,039 City (TI) Lincolnshire
Liverpool website 494,814 City (1880) Metropolitan borough Merseyside
City of London website 8,706 City (TI) Sui generis City of London
Luton website 214,109 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
Maidstone website 169,955 Borough Kent
Maldon website 64,425 District Essex
Malvern Hills website 78,113 District Worcestershire
Manchester website 547,627 City (1853) Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Mansfield website 108,841 District Nottinghamshire
Medway website 277,855 Borough Unitary authority Kent
Melton website 51,100 Borough Leicestershire
Mendip website 114,881 District Somerset
Merton website 206,186 London Borough London borough Greater London
Mid Devon website 81,695 District Devon
Mid Suffolk website 102,493 District Suffolk
Mid Sussex website 149,716 District West Sussex
Middlesbrough website 140,545 Borough Unitary authority North Yorkshire
Milton Keynes website 268,607 Borough Unitary authority Buckinghamshire
Mole Valley website 87,253 District Surrey
Newark and Sherwood website 121,566 District Nottinghamshire
Newcastle-under-Lyme website 129,490 Borough Staffordshire
Newcastle upon Tyne website 300,196 City (1882) Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
New Forest website 179,753 District Hampshire
Newham website 352,005 London Borough London borough Greater London
North Devon website 96,110 District Devon
North East Derbyshire website 101,125 District Derbyshire
North East Lincolnshire website 159,821 Borough Unitary authority Lincolnshire
North Hertfordshire website 133,214 District Hertfordshire
North Kesteven website 115,985 District Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire website 172,005 Borough Unitary authority Lincolnshire
North Norfolk website 104,552 District Norfolk
North Somerset website 213,919 Unitary authority Somerset
North Tyneside website 205,985 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
North Warwickshire website 64,850 Borough Warwickshire
North West Leicestershire website 102,126 District Leicestershire
Northampton website 225,146 Borough Northamptonshire
Northumberland website 320,274 Unitary authority Northumberland
Norwich website 141,137 City (1195) Norfolk
Nottingham website 331,069 City (1897) Unitary authority Nottinghamshire
Nuneaton and Bedworth website 128,902 Borough Warwickshire
Oadby and Wigston website 57,056 Borough Leicestershire
Oldham website 235,623 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Oxford website 154,327 City (1542) Oxfordshire
Pendle website 91,405 Borough Lancashire
Peterborough website 201,041 City (1541) Unitary authority Cambridgeshire
Plymouth website 263,100 City (1928) Unitary authority Devon
Portsmouth website 215,133 City (1926) Unitary authority Hampshire
Preston website 141,818 City (2002) Lancashire
Reading website 163,203 Borough Unitary authority Berkshire
Redbridge website 303,858 London Borough London borough Greater London
Redcar and Cleveland website 136,718 Borough Unitary authority North Yorkshire
Redditch website 84,989 Borough Worcestershire
Reigate and Banstead website 147,757 Borough Surrey
Ribble Valley website 60,057 Borough Lancashire
Richmond upon Thames website 196,904 London Borough London borough Greater London
Richmondshire website 53,244 District North Yorkshire
Rochdale website 220,001 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Rochford website 86,981 District Essex
Rossendale website 70,895 Borough Lancashire
Rother website 95,656 District East Sussex
Rotherham website 264,671 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
Rugby website 107,194 Borough Warwickshire
Runnymede website 88,000 Borough Surrey
Rushcliffe website 117,671 Borough Nottinghamshire
Rushmoor website 95,142 Borough Hampshire
Rutland website 39,697 Unitary authority Rutland
Ryedale website 54,920 District North Yorkshire
St Albans website 147,373 City (1877) Hertfordshire
St Helens website 180,049 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Merseyside
Salford website 254,408 City (1926) Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Sandwell website 327,378 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough West Midlands
Scarborough website 108,736 Borough North Yorkshire
Sedgemoor website 122,791 District Somerset
Sefton website 275,396 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Merseyside
Selby website 89,106 District North Yorkshire
Sevenoaks website 120,293 District Kent
Sheffield website 582,506 City (1893) Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
Shropshire website 320,274 Unitary authority Shropshire
Slough website 149,112 Borough Unitary authority Berkshire
Solihull website 214,909 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough West Midlands
Somerset West and Taunton website 153,866 District Somerset
South Bucks website 70,043 District Buckinghamshire
South Cambridgeshire website 157,519 District Cambridgeshire
South Derbyshire website 104,493 District Derbyshire
South Gloucestershire website 282,644 Unitary authority Gloucestershire
South Hams website 86,221 District Devon
South Holland website 93,980 District Lincolnshire
South Kesteven website 141,853 District Lincolnshire
South Lakeland website 104,532 District Cumbria
South Norfolk website 138,017 District Norfolk
South Northamptonshire website 92,515 District Northamptonshire
South Oxfordshire website 140,504 District Oxfordshire
South Ribble website 110,527 Borough Lancashire
South Somerset website 167,861 District Somerset
South Staffordshire website 112,126 District Staffordshire
South Tyneside website 150,265 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
Southampton website 252,796 City (1964) Unitary authority Hampshire
Southend-on-Sea website 182,463 Borough Unitary authority Essex
Southwark website 317,256 London Borough London borough Greater London
Spelthorne website 99,334 Borough Surrey
Stafford website 135,880 Borough Staffordshire
Staffordshire Moorlands website 98,397 District Staffordshire
Stevenage website 87,754 Borough Hertfordshire
Stockport website 291,775 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Stockton-on-Tees website 197,213 Borough Unitary authority County Durham and North Yorkshire
Stoke-on-Trent website 255,833 City (1925) Unitary authority Staffordshire
Stratford-on-Avon website 127,580 District Warwickshire
Stroud website 119,019 District Gloucestershire
Sunderland website 277,417 City (1992) Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
Surrey Heath website 88,874 Borough Surrey
Sutton website 204,525 London Borough London borough Greater London
Swale website 148,519 Borough Kent
Swindon website 221,996 Borough Unitary authority Wiltshire
Tameside website 225,197 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Tamworth website 76,678 Borough Staffordshire
Tandridge website 87,496 District Surrey
Teignbridge website 132,844 District Devon
Telford and Wrekin website 177,799 Borough Unitary authority Shropshire
Tendring website 145,803 District Essex
Test Valley website 125,169 Borough Hampshire
Tewkesbury website 92,599 Borough Gloucestershire
Thanet website 141,819 District Kent
Three Rivers website 93,045 District Hertfordshire
Thurrock website 172,525 Borough Unitary authority Essex
Tonbridge and Malling website 130,508 Borough Kent
Torbay website 135,780 Borough Unitary authority Devon
Torridge website 68,143 District Devon
Tower Hamlets website 317,705 London Borough London borough Greater London
Trafford website 236,370 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Tunbridge Wells website 118,054 Borough Kent
Uttlesford website 89,179 District Essex
Vale of White Horse website 133,732 District Oxfordshire
Wakefield website 345,038 City (1888) Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
Walsall website 283,378 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough West Midlands
Waltham Forest website 276,700 London Borough London borough Greater London
Wandsworth website 326,474 London Borough London borough Greater London
Warrington website 209,547 Borough Unitary authority Cheshire
Warwick website 142,484 District Warwickshire
Watford website 96,767 Borough Hertfordshire
Waverley website 125,610 Borough Surrey
Wealden website 160,175 District East Sussex
Wellingborough website 79,478 Borough Northamptonshire
Welwyn Hatfield website 122,746 District Hertfordshire
West Berkshire website 158,527 Unitary authority Berkshire
West Devon website 55,528 Borough Devon
West Lancashire website 113,949 District Lancashire
West Lindsey website 94,869 District Lincolnshire
Westminster website 255,324 City (1540) London Borough Greater London
West Oxfordshire website 109,800 District Oxfordshire
West Suffolk website 178,881 District Suffolk
Wigan website 326,088 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
Wiltshire website 498,064 Unitary authority Wiltshire
Winchester website 124,295 City (TI) Hampshire
Windsor and Maidenhead website 150,906 Royal borough Unitary authority Berkshire
Wirral website 323,235 Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan borough Merseyside
Woking website 101,167 Borough Surrey
Wokingham website 167,979 Borough Unitary authority Berkshire
Wolverhampton website 262,008 City (2000) Metropolitan borough West Midlands
Worcester website 101,891 City (1189) Worcestershire
Worthing website 110,025 Borough West Sussex
Wychavon website 127,340 District Worcestershire
Wycombe website 174,641 District Buckinghamshire
Wyre website 111,223 Borough Lancashire
Wyre Forest website 101,062 District Worcestershire
York website 209,893 City (TI) Unitary authority North Yorkshire

Former districts[edit]

The current pattern of districts was introduced in 1974 throughout England and Wales, replacing an older system of municipal boroughs, urban districts, rural districts and county boroughs.

In England, several changes have taken place, but only within the framework created then.

Former English districts are as follows

District Status Date abolished Former county Successor
Alnwick non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Northumberland Northumberland
Bath non-metropolitan district, City 1 April 1996 Avon Bath and North East Somerset
Berwick-upon-Tweed non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Northumberland Northumberland
Beverley non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Humberside East Riding of Yorkshire
Blyth Valley non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Northumberland Northumberland
Boothferry non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Humberside East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire
Bournemouth unitary authority, borough 1 April 2019 Dorset Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Bridgnorth non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Shropshire Shropshire
Brighton non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1997 East Sussex Brighton and Hove
Caradon non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Cornwall Cornwall
Carrick non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Cornwall Cornwall
Castle Morpeth non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Northumberland Northumberland
Chester non-metropolitan district, City 1 April 2009 Cheshire Cheshire West and Chester
Chester-le-Street non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 County Durham County Durham
Christchurch non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2019 Dorset Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Cleethorpes non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Humberside North East Lincolnshire
Congleton non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Cheshire Cheshire East
Crewe and Nantwich non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Cheshire Cheshire East
Derwentside non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 County Durham County Durham
Durham non-metropolitan district, City 1 April 2009 County Durham County Durham
Easington non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 County Durham County Durham
East Dorset non-metropolitan district 1 April 2019 Dorset Dorset
East Yorkshire non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Humberside East Riding of Yorkshire
Ellesmere Port and Neston non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Cheshire Cheshire West and Chester
Forest Heath non-metropolitan district 1 April 2019 Suffolk West Suffolk
Gillingham non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1998 Kent Medway
Glanford non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Humberside North Lincolnshire
Great Grimsby non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Humberside North East Lincolnshire
Hereford non-metropolitan district, City 1 April 1998 Hereford and Worcester Herefordshire
Holderness non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Humberside East Riding of Yorkshire
Hove non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1997 East Sussex Brighton and Hove
Kennet non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Wiltshire Wiltshire
Kerrier non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Cornwall Cornwall
Kingswood non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Avon South Gloucestershire
Leominster non-metropolitan district 1 April 1998 Hereford and Worcester Herefordshire (part to Malvern Hills)
Macclesfield non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Cheshire Cheshire East
Malvern Hills non-metropolitan district 1 April 1998 Hereford and Worcester Herefordshire and Malvern Hills
Medina non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1995 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
Mid Bedfordshire non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Bedfordshire Central Bedfordshire
North Cornwall non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Cornwall Cornwall
North Dorset non-metropolitan district 1 April 2019 Dorset Dorset
North Shropshire non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Shropshire Shropshire
North Wiltshire non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Wiltshire Wiltshire
Northavon non-metropolitan district 1 April 1996 Avon South Gloucestershire
Oswestry non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Shropshire Shropshire
Penwith non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Cornwall Cornwall
Poole unitary authority, borough 1 April 2019 Dorset Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Purbeck non-metropolitan district 1 April 2019 Dorset Dorset
Restormel non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Cornwall Cornwall
Rochester-upon-Medway non-metropolitan district, City 1 April 1998 Kent Medway
Salisbury non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Wiltshire Wiltshire
Scunthorpe non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1996 Humberside North Lincolnshire
Sedgefield non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 County Durham County Durham
Shrewsbury and Atcham non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Shropshire Shropshire
South Bedfordshire non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Bedfordshire Central Bedfordshire
South Herefordshire non-metropolitan district 1 April 1998 Hereford and Worcester Herefordshire
South Shropshire non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Shropshire Shropshire
South Wight non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 1995 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
St Edmundsbury non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2019 Suffolk West Suffolk
Suffolk Coastal non-metropolitan district 1 April 2019 Suffolk East Suffolk
Taunton Deane non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2019 Somerset Somerset West and Taunton
Teesdale non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 County Durham County Durham
Tynedale non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Northumberland Northumberland
Vale Royal non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2009 Cheshire Cheshire West and Chester
Wansbeck non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Northumberland Northumberland
Wansdyke non-metropolitan district 1 April 1996 Avon Bath and North East Somerset
Waveney non-metropolitan district 1 April 2019 Suffolk East Suffolk
Wear Valley non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 County Durham County Durham
West Dorset non-metropolitan district 1 April 2019 Dorset Dorset
West Somerset non-metropolitan district 1 April 2019 Somerset Somerset West and Taunton
West Wiltshire non-metropolitan district 1 April 2009 Wiltshire Wiltshire
Weymouth and Portland non-metropolitan district, borough 1 April 2019 Dorset Dorset

In most cases, these districts were merged to form unitary authorities, which are indicated in the right.

The exceptions were Malvern Hills and Leominster, which were both split between the new district of Herefordshire and a new district of Malvern Hills.

See List of rural and urban districts of England for a list of the districts as they stood immediately before 1 April 1974.


Renamings[edit]

Under section 74 of the Local Government Act 1972, the council of a district, county or London borough (or county borough in Wales) may change its name, providing the resolution to do so gains two-thirds of the votes at a special meeting. Until 1 April 1978, the council had to have the permission of the Secretary of State, but since that date they may do so unilaterally. At least one district name change was vetoed: the shadow authority for North Wolds wished to become "Bridlington and Yorkshire Wolds" before 1974 at the same time as other name changes were allowed.

Several English districts have done this, whilst others have been renamed under the 1990s UK local government reform. A few districts have even changed names twice.

Original name New name Date Notes
Barking Barking and Dagenham 1 January 1980 [2]
Basingstoke Basingstoke and Deane 20 January 1978 [3]
Beaconsfield South Bucks 1 April 1980 [4]
Bedford North Bedfordshire 15 October 1975 [5]
Bedford 1 October 1992 [6]
Beverley East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley 12 May 1981 [2]
Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen 2 May 1997 (before unitary)
Bosworth Hinckley and Bosworth 20 November 1973
Bracknell Bracknell Forest 27 April 1988 [7]
Crewe Crewe and Nantwich 17 January 1974
Ellesmere Port Ellesmere Port and Neston 21 June 1976
Grimsby Great Grimsby 1 January 1979
Hammersmith Hammersmith and Fulham 1 April 1979
Hartley Wintney Hart 17 January 1974
Herefordshire County of Herefordshire 20 June 1997
Huntingdon Huntingdonshire 1 October 1984 [8]
Langbaurgh Langbaurgh-on-Tees 1 January 1988 [7]
Redcar and Cleveland 1 April 1996 (with unitary)
Medway Rochester-upon-Medway 3 December 1979 [2]
Medway Towns Medway 1 April 1998 (with unitary)
Newark Newark and Sherwood 1 April 1985 [8]
Newbury West Berkshire 1 April 1998 (with unitary)
North Wolds East Yorkshire 1 February 1981 [2]
Nuneaton Nuneaton and Bedworth 1 October 1980 [2]
Pastonacres North Norfolk 20 September 1973
Petersfield East Hampshire 8 October 1973
Poole Borough and County of the Town of Poole 1 April 1997 (with unitary)
Rutland Rutland County Council 1 April 1997 (with unitary)
Shepway Folkestone and Hythe 1 April 2018 [9]
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury and Atcham 12 June 1974
Thamesdown Swindon effective 1 April 1997 (soon before unitary)[10]
Tiverton Mid Devon 6 February 1978 [11]
Wallingford South Oxfordshire 20 September 1973
West Derbyshire Derbyshire Dales 1 January 1987
West Norfolk King's Lynn and West Norfolk 14 May 1981 [2]
Wimborne East Dorset 1 January 1988 [7]
Woodspring North Somerset 1 April 1996 (with unitary)
Wrekin The Wrekin 7 February 1974
Telford and Wrekin 1 April 1998 (with unitary)
Yeovil South Somerset 1 April 1985 [8]

† The resolutions to change the name of the district were made by the "shadow" councils elected on 7 June 1973.

Additionally, one English county has been renamed. Shropshire was originally formally known as 'Salop'. Its name was changed effective 1 April 1980.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Bulletin of Changes of Local Authority Status, Names and Areas 1 April 1992 – 31 March 1993" (PDF). Department of The Environment. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
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  10. ^ The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area)(Borough of Swindon) Order 2003
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