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The government, most helpfully, seem to change the county boundaries so often that it is hard for even the British to keep up.

For administrative purposes the Local Government Act of 1992 abolished the administrative County Councils of Avon, Cleveland, Humberside, Isle of Wight and North Yorkshire. The County Councils of Berkshire, Hereford and Worcestershire were abolished on 1 April 1998 and on this date the County Council of Worcestershire was established.

The Metropolitan Counties of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, West Midlands and West Yorkshire remain as geographical counties.

Below is . We have also merged Sussex and the Yorkshires for ease of use.

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Counties of England and their Districts

Bristol: Bristol City

Bedfordshire: Luton, Mid Bedfordshire, Bedford, South Bedfordshire

Berkshire: Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham

Buckinghamshire: Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, Milton Keynes, South Buckinghamshire, Wycombe

Cambridgeshire: Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough City, South Cambridgeshire

Cheshire: Chester City, Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Halton, Macclesfield, Vale Royal, Warrington

Cleveland/Teesside: Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton on Tees, Middlesborough, Darlington

Cornwall: Caradon, Carrick, Kerrier, North Cornwall, Penwith, Restormel

Cumbria: Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle City, Copeland, Eden, South Lakeland

Derbyshire: Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby City, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, South East Derbyshire

Devon: East Devon, Exeter City, Mid Devon, North Devon, Plymouth City, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torquay, Torridge, West Devon

Dorset: Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Poole, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

Durham: Chester le Street, Darlington, Derwentshire, Durham City, Easington, Hartlepool, Sedgefield, Stockton (north of the River Tees), Teesdale, Wear Valley

East Riding of Yorkshire: East Riding of Yorkshire (formerly East Yorkshire, Beverley, Holderness and part of Boothferry), City of Hull

East Sussex: Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother, Wealden

Essex: Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castlepoint, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Tendring, Thurrock, Uttlesford

Gloucestershire: Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, Gloucester City, Stroud, South Gloucestershire, Tewkesbury

Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford City, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan(all Metropolitan Councils)

Hampshire: Basingstoke and Deane, East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Hart, Havant, New Forest, Portsmouth City, Rushmoor, Southampton City, Test Valley, Winchester City

Herefordshire: Herefordshire

Hertfordshire: Bishops Stortford, Broxbourne, Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, Hertford, Hertsmere, North Hertfordshire, St Albans City, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield

Kent: Ashford, Canterbury City, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells

Lancashire: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Bury, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancashire City, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre, Bolton (Metropolitan Council)

Leicestershire: Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Leicester City, Melton, North West Leicestershire, Oadby and Wigston, Rutland

Lincolnshire: Boston, East Lincolnshire (formerly Cleethorpes and Great Grimsby), East Lindsey, Lincoln City, North Kesteven, North Lincolnshire (formerly Glandford, Scunthorpe and part of Boothferry), South Holland, South Kesteven, West Lindsey

Merseyside: Knowsley, Liverpool City, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral (all Metropolitan Councils)

Norfolk: Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, South Norfolk

Northamptonshire: Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough

Northumberland: Alnwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Blyth Valley, Tynedale, Wansbeck

North Yorkshire: Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Redcar and Ceveland, Middlesborough, Richmondshire, Scarborough, Selby, Stockton (south of the River Tees)

Nottinghamshire: Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Nottingham City, Rushcliffe

Oxfordshire: North Oxfordshire (Cherwell), Oxford City, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse

Rutland: Rutland is now a ceremonial county, but for administrative purposes is a Unitary Council of Leicestershire

Shropshire: Bridgnorth, North Shropshire, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Atcham, South Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

Somerset: Bath & North East Somerset, Mendip, North Somerset, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane, West Somerset

South Yorkshire: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield City (all Metropolitan Councils)

Staffordshire: Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent City, Tamworth

Suffolk: Babergh, Forest Heath, Mid Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Coastal, Waveney

Surrey: Elmbridge, Epson and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, Woking

Tyne and Wear: Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne City, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland City (all Metropolitan Councils)

Warwickshire: North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick

West Midlands: Birmingham City, Coventry City, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton (all Metropolitan Councils)

West Sussex: Adur, Arun , Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex, Worthing

West Yorkshire: Bradford City, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds City, Wakefield City (all Metropolitan Councils)

Wiltshire: Kennet, North Wiltshire, Thamesdown (Swindon), West Wiltshire, Salisbury

Worcestershire: Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester City, Wychavon, Wyre Forest

London and its Boroughs
There are 32 London Boroughs and these are listed below.

Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Corporation of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond-upon-Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster City.


The 1992 Local Government Act created 22 Unitary Authorities as listed below.
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Blaenau Gwent: South Wales

Bridgend: South Wales

Caerphilly: South Wales

Cardiff: South Wales

Carmarthenshire: West Wales

Ceredigion: West Wales

Conwy: North Wales

Denbighshire: North Wales

Flintshire: North Wales

Gwynedd: North Wales

Isle of Anglesey: North Wales

Merthyr Tydfil: South Wales

Monmouthshire: South Wales

Neath Port Talbot: South Wales

Newport: South Wales

Pembrokeshire: West Wales

Powys: Mid Wales

Rhondda Cynon Taff: South Wales

Swansea: South Wales

Torfaen: South Wales

Vale of Glamorgan: South Wales

Wrexham: North Wales


The Local Government Act 1992 abolished Scotland's Regional Councils and created 29 Unitary Councils. There are 32 Unitary Councils as Island Councils were already Unitary Councils.

Aberdeen City: Aberdeenshire

Angus: Argyll and Bute

Clackmannanshire: Dumfries and Galloway

Dundee City: East Ayrshire

East Dunbartonshire: East Lothian

East Renfrewshire: Edinburgh

Falkirk: Fife

Glasgow: Highlands

Inverclyde: Midlothian

Moray: North Ayrshire

North Lanarkshire: Orkney

Perth and Kinross: Renfrewshire

Scottish Borders: Shetland

South Ayrshire: South Lanarkshire

Stirling: West Dunbartonshire

Western Isles (Na H-Eileanan An Lan): West Lothian

Channel Islands

The Channel Islands are the only part of the Duchy of Normandy that remains in English hands. They have belonged to the Crown since 1066.
Guernsey has seven dependencies as follows:
Alderney, Brechou, Great Sark, Little Sark, Herm, Jethou, Lihou

Isles of Scilly

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is unique administratively in the United Kingdom. A non political Council of the Isles of Scilly and comprising 21 members, administer the five inhabited islands of:
St Mary's, Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes, St Martins

The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is governed by the Tynwald, a legislature consisting of the Legislative Council and the House of Keys. The Legislative Council is composed of the Bishop of Sodor and Man, the Attorney General and eight other members whom the House of Keys appoints. The House of Keys is comprised of 24 elected members.

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