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Administrative Areas of England

The first table below shows the historic counties and their administrative sub-divisions before the first round of changes and lists the successor counties for each, that is the post-change counties which contain some or all of the original county area. The second table lists the counties after the first round of changes and lists their successor counties and/or unitary authorities. In all cases only the top-tier authority is shown - either the top-tier in a two-tier arrangement or a single tier authority (shown italicised).

Additional information is provided where appropriate and available - the Chapman County Code (CCC), a unique 3 letter code for counties and regions; the common abbreviation for the area; and, for the second round of changes, the year in which the changes were (or will be) implemented.

For a brief description of the administrative changes in the United Kingdom see - Local Government Changes in the United Kingdom.

The following abbreviations are used in these tables:

Key
(C)County Borough
County of itself
(L)London Borough
(M)Metropolitan District
(MC)Metropolitan County
(U)Unitary Authority

Single-tier local authorities are shown italicised.

England - changes of 1965/1974
Historic CountyAbbrev.CCCAdministration up to 1974
(London 1965)
Successor Counties
BedfordshireBedsBDFBedfordshire
Luton (C)
Bedfordshire
BerkshireBerksBRKBerkshire
Reading (C)
Berkshire
Oxfordshire
BuckinghamshireBucksBKMBuckinghamshireBuckinghamshire
Berkshire
CambridgeshireCambsCAMCambridgeshire and Isle of ElyCambridgeshire
Cheshire CHSCheshire
Birkenhead (C)
Chester (C)
Stockport (C)
Wallasey (C)
Cheshire
Greater Manchester (MC)
Merseyside (MC)
Derbyshire
Cornwall (1)CornCONCornwallCornwall
Cumberland CULCumberland
Carlisle (C)
Cumbria
DerbyshireDerbysDBYDerbyshire
Derby (C)
Derbyshire
Devon DEVDevon
Exeter (C)
Plymouth (C)
Torbay (C)
Devon
Dorset DORDorset
Poole (C)
Dorset
County Durham DURCounty Durham
Darlington (C)
Gateshead (C)
Hartlepool 1967-74 (C)
South Shields (C)
Sunderland (C)
Teesside 1968-74 (C)
West Hartlepool until 1967 (C)
County Durham
Tyne and Wear (MC)
Cleveland
Essex ESSEssex
East Ham (C)
Southend (C)
West Ham (C)
Essex
Greater London
GloucestershireGlosGLSGloucestershire
Bristol (C)
Gloucester (C)
Gloucestershire
Avon
HampshireHants (2)HAMHampshire
Bournemouth (C)
Portsmouth (C)
Southampton (C)
Hampshire
Dorset
Isle of WightIsle of Wight
Herefordshire HEFHerefordshireHereford and Worcester
HertfordshireHertsHRTHertfordshireHertfordshire
Greater London
HuntingdonshireHuntsHUNHuntingdonshire and PeterboroughCambridgeshire
Kent KENKent
Canterbury (C)
Kent
Greater London
LancashireLancsLANLancashire
Barrow-in-Furness (C)
Blackburn (C)
Blackpool (C)
Bolton (C)
Bootle (C)
Burnley (C)
Bury (C)
Liverpool (C)
Manchester (C)
Oldham (C)
Preston (C)
Rochdale (C)
St Helens (C)
Salford (C)
Southport (C)
Warrington (C)
Wigan (C)
Lancashire
Greater Manchester (MC)
Merseyside (MC)
Cheshire
Cumbria
LeicestershireLeicsLEILeicestershire
Leicester (C)
Leicestershire
LincolnshireLincsLINLincolnshire (Holland)Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire (Kesteven)Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire (Lindsey)
Grimsby (C)
Lincoln (C)
Lincolnshire
Humberside
London LNDLondonGreater London
MiddlesexMiddxMDXMiddlesexGreater London
Norfolk NFKNorfolk
Norwich (C)
Yarmouth (C)
Norfolk
NorthamptonshireNorthantsNTHNorthamptonshire
Northampton (C)
Northamptonshire
NorthumberlandNorthumbNBLNorthumberland
Berwick-upon-Tweed (C)
Newcastle-upon-Tyne (C)
Tynemouth (C)
Northumberland
Tyne and Wear (MC)
NottinghamshireNottsNTTNottinghamshire
Nottingham (C)
Nottinghamshire
South Yorkshire (MC)
OxfordshireOxon (3)OXFOxfordshire
Oxford (C)
Oxfordshire
Rutland RUTRutlandLeicestershire
ShropshireSalop (4)SALShropshireShropshire
Somerset SOMSomerset
Bath (C)
Bristol (C)
Somerset
Avon
StaffordshireStaffsSTSStaffordshire
Burton-upon-Trent (C)
Dudley (C)
Stoke-on-Trent (C)
Walsall (C)
West Bromwich (C)
Wolverhampton (C)
Staffordshire
West Midlands (MC)
Suffolk SFKSuffolk (East)
Ipswich (C)
Suffolk
Norfolk
Suffolk (West)Suffolk
Surrey SRYSurrey
Croydon (C)
Surrey
West Sussex
Greater London
Sussex SSXSussex (East)
Brighton (C)
Eastbourne (C)
Hastings (C)
East Sussex
West Sussex
Sussex (West)West Sussex
WarwickshireWarksWARWarwickshire
Birmingham (C)
Coventry (C)
Solihull (C)
Warwickshire
West Midlands (MC)
Westmorland WESWestmorlandCumbria
WiltshireWiltsWILWiltshireWiltshire
WorcestershireWorcsWORWorcestershire
Dudley (C)
Warley (C)
Worcester (C)
Hereford and Worcester
West Midlands (MC)
YorkshireYorksYKSYorkshire (East Riding) ERY
Kingston-upon-Hull (C)
Humberside
North Yorkshire
Yorkshire (North Riding) NRY
Middlesbrough until 1968 (C)
Teesside 1968-74 (C)
North Yorkshire
Cleveland
Durham
Yorkshire (West Riding) WRY
Barnsley (C)
Bradford (C)
Dewsbury (C)
Doncaster (C)
Halifax (C)
Huddersfield (C)
Leeds (C)
Rotherham (C)
Sheffield (C)
Wakefield (C)
West Yorkshire (MC)
Greater Manchester (MC)
South Yorkshire (MC)
Cumbria
Humberside
Lancashire
North Yorkshire
York (C)North Yorkshire

The links in the following table are to maps provided by the Department of the Environment.

England - changes of 1986-1998
Counties 1974-1986/1998CCCYearSuccessor Counties and Unitary Authorities
AvonAVN1996Bristol (U)
North Somerset (U)
Bath and North East Somerset (U)
South Gloucestershire (U)
BedfordshireBDF1997Bedfordshire
Luton (U)
BerkshireBRK1998Bracknell Forest (U)
West Berkshire (U)
Reading (U)
Slough (U)
Windsor and Maidenhead (U)
Wokingham (U)
BuckinghamshireBKM1997Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes (U)
CambridgeshireCAM1998Cambridgeshire
Peterborough (U)
CheshireCHS1998Cheshire
Halton (U)
Warrington (U)
ClevelandCLV1996Hartlepool (U)
Middlesbrough (U)
Redcar and Cleveland (U)
Stockton-on-Tees (U)
Cornwall (1)CON --Cornwall
CumbriaCMA --Cumbria
DerbyshireDBY1997Derbyshire
Derby City (U)
DevonDEV1998Devon
Plymouth (U)
Torbay (U)
DorsetDOR1997Dorset
Bournemouth (U)
Poole (U)
County DurhamDUR1997County Durham
Darlington (U)
East SussexSXE1997East Sussex
Brighton and Hove (U)
EssexESS1998Essex
Southend (U)
Thurrock (U)
GloucestershireGLS ---Gloucestershire
Greater London 1986Barking and Dagenham (L)
Barnet (L)
Bexley (L)
Brent (L)
Bromley (L)
Camden (L)
Corporation of London (L)
Croydon (L)
Ealing (L)
Enfield (L)
Greenwich (L)
Hackney (L)
Hammersmith and Fulham (L)
Haringey (L)
Harrow (L)
Havering (L)
Hillingdon (L)
Hounslow (L)
Islington (L)
Kensington and Chelsea (L)
Kingston-upon-Thames (L)
Lambeth (L)
Lewisham (L)
Merton (L)
Newham (L)
Redbridge (L)
Richmond-upon-Thames (L)
Southwark (L)
Sutton (L)
Tower Hamlets (L)
Waltham Forest (L)
Wandsworth (L)
Westminster (L)
Greater Manchester (MC)GTM1986Wigan (M)
Bolton (M)
Bury (M)
Rochdale (M)
Oldham (M)
Tameside (M)
Stockport (M)
Manchester (M)
Salford (M)
Trafford (M)
HampshireHAM1997Hampshire
Portsmouth (U)
Southampton (U)
Hereford and WorcesterHWR1998Worcestershire
Herefordshire (U)
HertfordshireHRT ---Hertfordshire
HumbersideHUM1996East Riding of Yorkshire (U)
City of Kingston upon Hull (U)
North Lincolnshire (U)
North East Lincolnshire (U)
Isle of WightIOW1995Isle of Wight (U)
KentKEN1998Kent
The Medway Towns (U)
LancashireLAN1998Lancashire
Blackburn with Darwen (U)
Blackpool (U)
LeicestershireLEI1997Leicestershire
Leicester City (U)
Rutland (U)
LincolnshireLIN ---Lincolnshire
Merseyside (MC)MSY1986Wirral (M)
Sefton (M)
Liverpool (M)
Knowsley (M)
St Helens (M)
NorfolkNFK ---Norfolk
NorthamptonshireNTH ---Northamptonshire
NorthumberlandNBL ---Northumberland
North YorkshireNYK1996North Yorkshire
York (U)
NottinghamshireNTT1998Nottinghamshire
Nottingham City (U)
OxfordshireOXF ---Oxfordshire
ShropshireSAL1998Shropshire
The Wrekin (U)
SomersetSOM ---Somerset
South Yorkshire (MC)SYK1986Barnsley (M)
Doncaster (M)
Rotherham (M)
Sheffield (M)
StaffordshireSTS1997Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent (U)
SuffolkSFK ---Suffolk
SurreySRY ---Surrey
Tyne and Wear (MC)TWR1986Newcastle-upon-Tyne (M)
North Tyneside (M)
South Tyneside (M)
Gateshead (M)
Sunderland (M)
WarwickshireWAR ---Warwickshire
West Midlands (MC)WMD1986Walsall (M)
Wolverhampton (M)
Dudley (M)
Sandwell (M)
Birmingham (M)
Solihull (M)
Coventry (M)
West SussexSXW ---West Sussex
West Yorkshire (MC)WYK1986Calderdale (M)
Bradford (M)
Leeds (M)
Wakefield (M)
Kirklees (M)
WiltshireWIL1997Wiltshire
Swindon (U)

Notes

  1. Includes the Isles of Scilly.
  2. "Hants" derives from "Hantshaving", the original name for this county.
  3. "Oxon" is an abbreviation of "Oxonia", the Latin name for Oxford.
  4. "Salop" derives from "Sloppesberie", the original Anglo-French name for this county.

© GENUKI and Contributors 1993, 1997

Page created by Phil Lloyd in January 1993. Revised and updated in September 1997 by Brian Pears.