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A county town is the 'capital' of a county in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. County towns are usually the location of administrative or judicial functions, or established over time as the de facto main town of a county. The concept of a county town eventually became detached from its original meaning of where the county administration is based. Many county towns are in fact cities, but all are referred to as county towns irrespective of whether city status is held or not. A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Historically, city status in England and Wales was associated with the presence of a cathedral, such as York Minster. ...


Note that in Eastern Canada and the United States of America, the term county seat is usually used for the same purpose. However, in the state of Louisiana the term parish seat is used instead. A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city Baton Rouge [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... A parish seat is the administrative center of a parish in the US state of Louisiana. ...

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List of county towns

Historic counties of England

County County town
Bedfordshire Bedford
Berkshire Reading (formerly Abingdon) 1
Buckinghamshire Aylesbury 2 (Buckingham until 16th century)
Cambridgeshire Cambridge
Cheshire Chester
Cornwall Truro (although the County Assizes Court sat at Bodmin) 3
Cumberland Carlisle 4
Derbyshire Derby
Devon Exeter
Dorset Dorchester
County Durham Durham
Essex Chelmsford
Gloucestershire Gloucester
Hampshire Winchester (because of its importance in English history) although the county is named after Southampton
Herefordshire Hereford
Hertfordshire Hertford
Huntingdonshire Huntingdon
Kent Maidstone 5
Lancashire Lancaster
Leicestershire Leicester
Lincolnshire Lincoln
Middlesex Brentford, Clerkenwell or Westminster for different functions
Norfolk Norwich
Northamptonshire Northampton
Northumberland Newcastle-upon-Tyne 6
Nottinghamshire Nottingham
Oxfordshire Oxford
Rutland Oakham
Shropshire Shrewsbury
Somerset Taunton 7
Staffordshire Stafford
Suffolk Ipswich
Surrey Guildford 8
Sussex Chichester 9
Warwickshire Warwick
Westmorland Appleby
Wiltshire Trowbridge, originally Wilton 10
Worcestershire Worcester
Yorkshire York
  1. The county administration was split between the two towns by the nineteenth century. Lent assizes were held at Reading, where the county gaol and house of correction were situated; summer assizes were held at Abingdon, which was the site of the county bridewell. Knights for the shire were nominated at Reading and elected at Abingdon.[1]
  2. Sir John Baldwin, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, caused the county assizes to be moved to Aylesbury. Knights for the shire continued to be elected at Buckingham. the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica considered Buckingham to be the county town. [1]
  3. The 1911 Britannica considered Bodmin to be the county town. Launceston was also historically considered the county town.[2]
  4. Knights of the Shire were elected at Cockermouth
  5. East Kent and West Kent had separate administrations until 1814, with East Kent sessions meeting at Canterbury, and West Kent at Maidstone, the over-all county town.
  6. Knights of the Shire were elected at Alnwick
  7. Knights of the Shire were elected at Ilchester
  8. Southwark is listed as the county town by Stewart (1828).[2] Quarter Sessions were held at Newington by Southwark.
  9. Horsham was occasionally described as the county town of Sussex due to the presence of the county gaol and the periodic holding of the county assizes and quarter sessions in the town. The last assizes were held there in 1830, while the gaol was closed in 1845.[3]
  10. Wiltshire County Council note that Wiltshire "never had a well recognised county town". Wilton had served as the seat of Quarter Sessions and for election of Knights of the Shire until 1832. Knights had been nominated at Devizes. [4]A 1870s gazetteer describes "Salisbury and Devizes" as the "county towns". [5] The 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica names only Salisbury.

Bedfordshire is a county in England and forms part of the East of England region. ... Bedford is the county town of the English county of Bedfordshire. ... Berks redirects here. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... Abingdon Town Councils coat of arms. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire in south central England. ... Statistics Population: 11,572 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SP695335 Administration District: Aylesbury Vale Shire county: Buckinghamshire Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Buckinghamshire Historic county: Buckinghamshire Services Police force: Thames Valley Police Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: South Central Post office... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ... The Cheshire Plain - photo taken adjacent to Beeston Castle The Cheshire Plain - photo taken towards Merseyside The Cheshire Plain panorama - photo taken from Mid-Cheshire Ridge Cattle farming in the county Black-and-white timbered buildings on Nantwich High Street Cheshire (or, archaically, the County of Chester)[1] is a... This article is about Chester in England. ... Cornwall (Cornish: ) is a county in South West England, United Kingdom, on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar and Devon. ... Truro (pronounced ; Cornish: Truru) is a city in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. ... The Courts of Assize, or Assizes, were periodic criminal courts held around England and Wales until 1972, when together with the Quarter Sessions they were abolished by the Courts Act 1971 and replaced by a single permanent Crown Court. ... Bodmin (Cornish: Bosvenegh) is a town in Cornwall, England, UK, with a population of 12,778 (2001 census). ... Cumberland is one of the 39 traditional counties of England. ... This article is about the English city. ... Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. ... This article is about the city of Derby in England. ... “Devonshire” redirects here. ... A number of other places have taken their names from Exeter The city of Exeter is the county town of Devon, in England, UK. It is located at 50° 43 25 N, 3° 31 39 W. In the 2001 census its population was recorded at 111,066. ... Dorset (pronounced DOR-sit or [dÉ”.sÉ™t], and sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the south-west of England, on the English Channel coast. ... The main road through Dorchester Dorchester is a market town in south west Dorset, England, situated on the River Frome and A35 road 20 miles west of Poole and five miles north of Weymouth. ... County Durham is a county in north-east England. ... Durham (IPA: locally, in RP) is a small city and main settlement of the City of Durham district of County Durham in North East England. ... This article is about the county of Essex in England. ... Arms of Chelmsford Borough Council This article is about the town of Chelmsford in Essex. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... This article is about the city of Gloucester in England; for other uses see Gloucester (disambiguation). ... Hampshire, sometimes historically Southamptonshire or Hamptonshire, (abbr. ... Winchester Cathedral as seen from the Cathedral Close Arms of Winchester City Council Winchester is a city in southern England, and the administrative capital of the county of Hampshire, with a population of around 35,000. ... Southampton is a city, unitary authority and major port situated on the south coast of England. ... Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county and unitary district (known as County of Herefordshire) in the West Midlands region of England. ... Statistics Population: 50,154 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO515405 Administration District: Herefordshire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Herefordshire Historic county: Herefordshire Services Police force: West Mercia Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: West Midlands Post office and telephone Post town: HEREFORD Postal... Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom and part of the East of England Government Office region. ... Hertford (Hartford or, in local pronunciation, /[h]ɑːʔֽfÉ™d/) is the county town of Hertfordshire, England, and is in the East Hertfordshire district of that county. ... Huntingdonshire (abbreviated Hunts) is a part of England around Huntingdon, which is currently administered as a local government district of Cambridgeshire. ... Huntingdon is a town in the county of Cambridgeshire in East Anglia, England. ... This article is about the county in England. ... Maidstone (pronounced either mādstun or mādstone) is the county town of Kent, in South East England, United Kingdom. ... Lancashire is a county in North West England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... A view of Lancaster showing the Lune, the Millennium Bridge and the Ashton Memorial Lancaster (2001 census population 45,952: source ONS) is a city in Lancashire, in the north-west of England. ... Leicestershire ( IPA: (RP), IPA: (locally)), abbreviation Leics. ... Leicester city centre, looking towards the Clock Tower Leicester (pronounced ) is the largest city and unitary authority in the English East Midlands region of the UK. The city is the traditional county town of Leicestershire. ... Lincolnshire (abbreviated Lincs) is a county in the east of England. ... Lincoln (pronounced //) is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. ... Middlesex is one of the 39 historic counties of England and the second smallest (after Rutland). ... Brentford is a suburb in the London Borough of Hounslow at the confluence of the River Thames and the River Brent in South West London, situated approximately 8 miles (12. ... Clerkenwell (pronounced clarkenwell) is a locality in the southermost part of the London Borough of Islington. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough with city status, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... Norfolk (IPA: //) is a low-lying county in East Anglia in the east of southern England. ... This article is about the English city. ... Northamptonshire (abbreviated Northants or Nhants) is a landlocked county in central England with a population of 629,676 (2001 census). ... Northampton Guildhall, built 1861-4, E.W. Godwin, architect Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in central England on the River Nene, and the county town of Northamptonshire, in the English East Midlands region. ... Northumberland is a county in northern England. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Nottinghamshire (abbreviated Notts) is an English county in the East Midlands, which borders South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire. ... Nottingham is a city (and county town of Nottinghamshire) in the East Midlands of England. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the county in England. ... Arms of Rutland County Council Oakham is the county town of Rutland, England. ... Shropshire (alternatively Salop or abbreviated Shrops) is an English county in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. ... Shrewsbury (pronounced either or ) is a town of 70,560 inhabitants [1] in Shropshire, England. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... This article is about the town of Stafford, England. ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ... Timber framed buildings in St Nicholas Street The Ancient House is decorated with a particularly fine example of pargeting Ipswich (pronounced ) is the county town of Suffolk and a non-metropolitan district in East Anglia, England on the estuary of the River Orwell. ... Not to be confused with Surry. ... Not to be confused with Guilford. ... Sussex as a traditional county. ... Statistics Population: 25,000 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SU865045 Administration District: Chichester Shire county: West Sussex Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: West Sussex Historic county: Sussex Services Police force: Sussex Police Fire and rescue: West Sussex Ambulance: South East Coast... A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced //, //, or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. ... Warwick (pronounced or War-ick (silent w in middle)) is the historic county town of Warwickshire in England and has a population of 25,434 (2001 census). ... Westmorland (formerly also spelt Westmoreland, an even older spelling is Westmerland) is an area of north west England and one of the 39 historic counties of England. ... Appleby, fully Appleby-in-Westmorland, is a town in Northwest England. ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... Location within the British Isles Trowbridge is the county town of Wiltshire, England. ... Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Wilton Wilton is a town in Wiltshire, England, with a rich heritage dating back to the Anglo-Saxons. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ... The city of Worcester (pronounced ) is a city and the county town of Worcestershire in England, situated some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Birmingham and 29 miles (47 km) north of Gloucester. ... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... York is a city in North Yorkshire, England, at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. ... Disambiguation: for the Australian town, please see Launceston, Tasmania Launceston (Cornish: Lannstefan; the English name is pronounced , or , usually without the t by the Cornish, but with by everyone else) is a town and civil parish in the north of Cornwall, England, with a population of approximately 7,000. ... In English and British politics from mediaeval times until the Representation of the People Act 1884, Knights of the Shire were representatives of counties sent to advise the government of the day. ... Cockermouth is a town in Cumbria, England, where the River Cocker flows into the River Derwent. ... East Kent and West Kent are one-time traditional subdivisions of the English county of Kent, kept alive by the Association of the Men of Kent and Kentish Men: an organisation formed in 1913. ... West Kent is a traditional subdivision of the English county of Kent. ... For the parish in New Brunswick, see Alnwick, New Brunswick Alnwick (pronounced ) is a small market town in north Northumberland, in the north-east of England. ... Ilchester is a village in Somerset, England, situated on the River Yeo five miles north of Yeovil. ... The Borough or Southwark is an area of the London Borough of Southwark situated 1. ... Newington is a place in the London Borough of Southwark. ... The Borough or Southwark is an area of the London Borough of Southwark situated 1. ... Horsham is a market town in West Sussex, England with a population of roughly 50,000. ... Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix commemorates the July Revolution 1830 (MDCCCXXX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Salisbury (IPA: , or — moving from RP to local dialect) is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England. ... Arms of Devizes Devizes is a town and civil parish in the English county of Wiltshire. ... 1913 advertisement for the 11th edition, with the slogan When in doubt — look it up in the Encyclopædia Britannica The Encyclopædia Britannica (properly spelled with æ, the ae-ligature) was first published in 1768–1771 as The Britannica was an important early English-language general encyclopedia and is still...

Counties of Scotland

County County town
Aberdeenshire Aberdeen1
Angus Forfar
Argyll Lochgilphead (formerly Inveraray)2
Ayrshire Ayr
Banffshire Banff
Berwickshire Duns (formerly Berwick-upon-Tweed, formerly Greenlaw)
Bute Rothesay
Caithness Wick
Clackmannanshire Alloa (formerly Clackmannan)
Cromartyshire Cromarty
Dumfriesshire Dumfries
Dunbartonshire Dumbarton
East Lothian Haddington
Fife Cupar
Inverness-shire Inverness
Kincardineshire Stonehaven (formerly Kincardine)
Kinross-shire Kinross
Kirkcudbrightshire Kirkcudbright
Lanarkshire Lanark3
Midlothian Edinburgh4
Morayshire Elgin
Nairnshire Nairn
Orkney Kirkwall
Peeblesshire Peebles
Perthshire Perth
Renfrewshire Renfrew5
Ross-shire Dingwall (also the county town of Ross and Cromarty)
Roxburghshire Jedburgh (formerly Roxburgh)6
Selkirkshire Selkirk
Shetland Lerwick
Stirlingshire Stirling
Sutherland Dornoch7
West Lothian Linlithgow
Wigtownshire Wigtown8
  1. In 1900 Aberdeen became a county of a city and thus outside Aberdeenshire.
  2. Inverary was regarded as the county town until 1890, when the Argyll County Council was created with headquarters in Lochgilphead.
  3. The headquarters of the Lanark County Council established in 1890 were in Hamilton.
  4. Edinburgh was a county of itself, and therefore lay outside the county of Midlothian.
  5. The headquarters of Renfrew County Council were in Paisley from 1890.
  6. Newtown St Boswells was the administrative headquarters of the county council established in 1890.
  7. The headquarters of Sutherland County Council were at Golspie from 1890.
  8. Stranraer became the administrative headquarters of the Wigtown county council in 1890, and was sometimes described as the "county town" therafter.

The historic county of Aberdeenshire (Siorrachd Obar Dheathain in Gaelic) was until 1975 a county of Scotland. ... For other uses, see Aberdeen (disambiguation). ... Angus (Aonghas in Gaelic) is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland, and a lieutenancy area. ... The Royal Burgh of Forfar is a burgh of approximately 13,500 people, located in the unitary authority of Angus in Scotland. ... Argyll, archaically Argyle (Airthir-Ghaidheal in Gaelic, translated as [the] East Gael, or [the] East Irish), sometimes called Argyllshire, is a traditional county of Scotland. ... Lochgilphead Location within the British Isles Lochgilphead (Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch Gilb) is a burgh of around 3000 people in Scotland, the administrative centre of Argyll and Bute, the council being based at Kilmory Castle, around which is located a woodland park and an Iron Age fort. ... Inveraray is a burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, located on the western shore of Loch Fyne near its head, and on the A83 road. ... Ayrshire (Siorrachd Inbhir Àir in Scottish Gaelic) is a region of south-west Scotland, located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde. ... The Royal Burgh of Ayr (Scottish Gaelic, Inbhir Àir) in the south-west of Scotland is a burgh situated on the Firth of Clyde. ... Banffshire (Siorrachd Bhanbh in Gaelic) is a small traditional county in the north of Scotland. ... Location of Banff The Royal Burgh of Banff (Gaelic Banbh) and the burgh of Macduff (Gaelic MacDhuibh) are neighbouring burghs in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. ... Berwickshire (Siorrachd Bhearaig in Gaelic) is a committee area of the Scottish Borders Council and a Lieutenancy area of Scotland, on the border with England. ... Duns was created a Burgh of Barony in 1490, and is a former county town of Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. ... Map sources for Berwick-upon-Tweed at grid reference NT9952 Berwick-upon-Tweed from across the river Berwick-upon-Tweed, (pronounced Berrick) situated in the county of Northumberland, is the northernmost town in England, situated on the east coast on the mouth of the river Tweed. ... Greenlaw is a town in Scotland. ... The County of Bute (Siorrachd Bhòid in Gaelic), commonly also known as Buteshire, is one of the registration counties of Scotland. ... Location within the British Isles The town of Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in the council area of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. ... Caithness (Gallaibh in Gaelic)[1] is a committee area of Highland Council, Scotland; a lieutenancy area; and a registration county, Caithness was formerly a district within the Highland region from 1975 to 1996 and a local government county with its own county council from 1890 to 1975. ... Wick is a coastal town on the main highway linking John O Groats with southern Britain, a royal burgh and the county town of Caithness, in the far north of Scotland. ... Look Aboot Ye Clackmannanshire (Siorrachd Chlach Mhannainn in Gaelic) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and a lieutenancy area, bordering Perth and Kinross, Stirling and Fife. ... Alloa is a small burgh in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, 6 miles to the east of Stirling, on the north bank of the River Forth, it smells of pish. ... From 1975, Clackmannan (Clach Mhanainn in Gaelic) was the name of a local government district in the Central region of Scotland, corresponding to the traditional county of Clackmannanshire. ... Cromartyshire (Siorrachd Chromba in Gaelic) was a county in the north of Scotland, consisting of a series of enclaves within Ross-shire. ... Location within the British Isles The Royal Burgh of Cromarty (Cromba in Gaelic) is a burgh in Ross and Cromarty, Highland, Scotland. ... Dumfriesshire (Siorrachd Dhùn Phris in Gaelic) was a county of Scotland. ... The Buccleuch St Bridge Devorgilla Bridge Overlooking Dumfries The Old Bridge House Dumfries ((IPA: ) pronounced dum-freece, not dum-fries) (Dùn Phris in Scottish Gaelic) is a former royal burgh and town with a population of around 31,146 (37,846 including the Locharbriggs and Cargenbridge areas). ... Dunbartonshire is one of the Traditional counties of Scotland, in that part of the country formerly called Lennox (which was a title of nobility). ... Dumbarton (Dùn Breatainn in Scottish Gaelic) is a burgh in Scotland, lying on the north bank of the River Clyde where the River Leven flows into the Clyde estuary. ... East Lothian (Lodainn an Ear in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council areas in Scotland, and a lieutenancy Area. ... Haddington. ... Fife (Fìobh in Gaelic) is a council area of Scotland, situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with landward boundaries to Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire. ... Location within the British Isles The Royal Burgh of Cupar is a burgh in Fife, Scotland, and is Fifes former county town, although in 1975 the administration of the newly-created Fife Regional Council was moved to Glenrothes. ... Inverness-shire (Siorrachd Inbhir Nis in Gaelic) is one of the traditional counties of Scotland. ... Inverness (Inbhir Nis in Scottish Gaelic) is the only city in the Highland council area and the Highlands of Scotland. ... Kincardineshire, also known as The Mearns (from A Mhaoirne meaning The Stewartry) is a traditional county on the coast of Northeast Scotland. ... Market Square, Stonehaven Stonehaven (Steenhive in the Doric dialect of Scots) and Cala na Creige in Gaelic is a town with around fourteen thousand inhabitants (9,577 in 2001 (census)) on the North-East coast of Scotland. ... Kincardine or Kincardine-on-Forth is a small town located on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, in Fife, Scotland. ... Kinross-shire was a county of Scotland. ... Location within the British Isles Kinross is a burgh in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. ... Kirkcudbrightshire (pronounced Kir-COO-bri-shir, also known as the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright or as East Galloway, and Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt in Gaelic) is a traditional county of south-western Scotland, bounded on the north and north-west by Ayrshire, on the west and southwest by Wigtownshire, on the south... Location within the British Isles. ... Lanarkshire (Siorrachd Lannraig in Gaelic) is a traditional county of Scotland. ... This article describes the town in Scotland. ... The central portions of the old province of Lothian in Scotland, centred around Edinburgh, became known as Midlothian, Scotland. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Morayshire or Elginshire (Siorrachd Mhoireibh in Gaelic) is one of the traditional counties of Scotland, bordering Nairnshire to the west, Inverness-shire to the south, and Banffshire to the east. ... Elgin (Scottish Gaelic: ) is a former cathedral city and a former Royal Burgh in Moray, Scotland and is the administrative and commercial centre for Moray. ... Nairnshire (Siorrachd Inbhir Narann in Gaelic) is a small traditional county of Scotland, centred around Nairn, the traditional county town. ... The Royal Burgh of Nairn (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Narann), formally North Nairnville, is a burgh in The Highlands of Scotland, lying about fifteen miles east of Inverness on the coast of the Moray Firth. ... Location Geography Area Ranked 16th  - Total 990 km²  - % Water  ? Admin HQ Kirkwall ISO 3166-2 GB-ORK ONS code 00RA Demographics Population Ranked 32nd  - Total (2005) 19,590  - Density 20 / km² Politics Orkney Islands Council http://www. ... Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands, off the coast of northern mainland Scotland. ... Peeblesshire (Siorrachd nam Pùballan in Gaelic) is a traditional county in Scotland. ... Old Parish Church, Peebles Location within the British Isles Peebles (Gaelic: Na Pùballan) is a burgh in the committee area of Tweeddale, in the Scottish Borders, lying on the River Tweed. ... Perthshire (Siorrachd Pheairt in Gaelic) was a county in central Scotland, which extended from Strathmore in the east, to the Pass of Drumochter in the north, Rannoch Moor and Ben Lui in the west, and Aberfoyle in the south. ... The Royal Burgh of Perth (Peairt in Scottish Gaelic) is a large burgh in central Scotland. ... Renfrewshire (Siorrachd Rinn Friù in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary authority regions in Scotland. ... Renfrew (Rinn Friù in Scottish Gaelic) is a small town, located six miles west of Glasgow on the west coast of Scotland. ... Ross-shire (Siorrachd Rois in Gaelic), or simply Ross, is a traditional county of Scotland bordering on Sutherland, Cromartyshire (of which it contains many enclaves), Inverness-shire and on an exclave of Nairnshire. ... See Dingwall (name) for the Scottish family name. ... Ross and Cromarty: administrative county (1889-1975) Image:RossCromDistrict. ... Roxburghshire (Siorrachd Rosbroig in Gaelic) is a traditional county of Scotland. ... Jedburgh (Referred to locally Jeddart or Jethart) is a town and former royal burgh in the Scottish Borders. ... Historically, the Royal Burgh of Roxburgh (Gaelic: Rosbrog), in the Scottish Borders, was an important trading burgh in the economy of Scotland. ... Selkirkshire or the County of Selkirk is a registration county of Scotland. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Shetland (formerly spelled Zetland, from etland, Scottish Gaelic: ) formerly called Hjaltland, is one of 32 council areas of Scotland. ... Lerwick Lerwick is the only burgh and main port of the Shetland Islands in Scotland, found more than 100 miles (160 km) off the north coast of mainland Great Britain. ... Stirlingshire (Siorrachd Sruighlea in Gaelic) is a traditional county of Scotland, based around Stirling, the traditional county town. ... Broad Street at the heart of Stirlings Old Town area (called Top of the Town by locals) Stirling Castle (Southwest aspect) The main courtyard inside Stirling Castle. ... Sutherland (Cataibh in Gaelic) is a committee area of the Highland Council, Scotland, a registration county, and a lieutenancy area. ... Location within the British Isles The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is a burgh and seaside resort in Sutherland, Highland, on the east coast of the Scottish Highlands, and the north shore of the Dornoch Firth. ... West Lothian or Linlithgowshire (Lodainn an Iar in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, and a Lieutenancy area. ... Linlithgow town in the background, the Loch in the mid-ground with the Palace in the foreground Linlithgow (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Iucha, Scots Lithgae) is a town and Royal Burgh in Scotland. ... Wigtownshire is a small traditional county in the south west of Scotland. ... Map sources for Wigtown at grid reference NX434553 The Royal Burgh of Wigtown is a burgh in the Machars of Galloway in the south west of Scotland , south of Newton Stewart and east of Stranraer. ... Year 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, but a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... The Town of Paisley (Pàislig in Scottish Gaelic) is a large town in the central lowlands of Scotland. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... Golspie is a small,coastal village in the far North of Scotland. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... Stranraer (An t-Sròn Reamhar in Gaelic) is a town in the south of Scotland in the west of the region of Dumfries and Galloway and was formerly in the county of Wigtownshire. ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ...

Historic counties of Wales

County County town
Anglesey Llangefni (formerly Beaumaris)
Brecknockshire Brecon
Caernarvonshire Caernarfon
Cardiganshire Cardigan
Carmarthenshire Carmarthen
Denbighshire Ruthin (formerly Denbigh)
Flintshire Mold (formerly Flint)
Glamorgan Cardiff
Merionethshire Dolgellau
Monmouthshire Monmouth
Montgomeryshire Montgomery
Pembrokeshire Haverfordwest (formerly Pembroke)
Radnorshire Presteigne (formerly New Radnor)

Anglesey (Welsh: , pronounced (IPA)), is an island and county at the northwestern extremity of Wales. ... Llangefni, population 17,000, is the county town of Anglesey in Wales and contains the principal offices of Anglesey County Council. ... Beaumaris is a town in east Anglesey, Wales. ... Brecknockshire (Welsh: ), also known as Breconshire, or the County of Brecon is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, and a former administrative county. ... The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin at Brecon, the starting point of the Taff Trail. ... Caernarfonshire, also known as Carnarvonshire or, in Welsh, as Sir Gaernarfon, is a maritime traditional county of Wales, bounded N. by the Irish Sea, E. by Denbighshire, S. by Cardigan Bay and Merionethshire, and W. by Caernarfon Bay and the Menai Straits, which separates it from Anglesey. ... Caernarfon (the original Welsh spelling is now almost always used in preference to the anglicised forms, Caernarvon or Carnarvon) is a royal town in north-west Wales. ... Cardiganshire (Sir Aberteifi in Welsh) was a traditional county in Wales that existed between 1282 and 1974. ... Cardigan (Welsh: Aberteifi) is the county town of Cardiganshire (or Ceredigion) in mid Wales. ... Carmarthenshire (Welsh: ) is a county in Wales. ... Carmarthen (Welsh Caerfyrddin - caer fort + Myrddin Moridunum, Merlin (origin disputed)) is the county town of Carmarthenshire, Wales. ... Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is a county in North Wales. ... Clock tower on St Peters Square Ruthin (Welsh: Rhuthun), pronounced RITH-in (IPA ), is the county town of Denbighshire in North Wales located at UK National grid reference SJ127584, approx. ... This is about a town in Wales. ... Flintshire (Welsh Sir y Fflint) is a county in northern Wales. ... Mold (Welsh: ) is a town in Flintshire, Wales, on the River Alyn. ... Flint (Welsh: Y Fflint) is the county town of Flintshire, north Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Dee. ... Glamorgan or Glamorganshire (Welsh: ) is one of thirteen historic counties and former administrative counties of Wales. ... Cardiff (English:  Welsh: ) is the capital, largest and core city of Wales. ... Merionethshire (Meirionnydd in Welsh) is a traditional county of Wales. ... Dolgellau (pronounced , occasionally ) is a market town in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, lying on the River Wnion, a tributary of the Mawddach. ... Monmouthshire is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, covering south-east Wales. ... Monmouth (Welsh: Trefynwy) is a town in south Wales, county town of the traditional county of Monmouthshire. ... Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn) is an inland traditional county of Wales. ... Montgomery (Welsh: ) is the county town of Montgomeryshire, lying in Powys, Wales. ... Pembrokeshire (Welsh: ) is a county in the southwest of Wales in the United Kingdom. ... Haverfordwest (Welsh: Hwlffordd) is the county town of Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales. ... Pembroke Castle shown here in 1811. ... Radnorshire (Welsh: Sir Faesyfed) is an inland traditional county of Wales, bounded to the north by Montgomeryshire and Shropshire, to the east by Herefordshire, to the south by Brecknockshire and to the west by Cardiganshire. ... Presteigne (Welsh: Llanandras) is the county town of the traditional county of Radnorshire, lying in Powys, mid Wales. ... New Radnor is a village in mid Wales. ...

Historic counties of Northern Ireland

County County town
County Antrim Antrim
County Armagh Armagh
County Down Downpatrick
County Fermanagh Enniskillen
County Londonderry Derry
County Tyrone Omagh

Note - Despite the fact that Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, it is not the county town of any county. Greater Belfast straddles two counties (Antrim and Down). Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Antrim Area: 2,844 km² Population (est. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Armagh Area: 1,254 km² Population (est. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Downpatrick Area: 2,448 km² Population (est. ... Downpatrick (Dún Phádraig in Irish, meaning Fort of Patrick) is a town in County Down in Northern Ireland with 10,316 inhabitants in the 2001 Census. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Enniskillen Area: 1,691 km² Population (est. ... Coles Monument Enniskillen (Inis Ceithleann in Irish) is the county town (and largest town) of County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Derry Area: 2,074 km² Population (est. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Omagh Area: 3,155 km² Population (est. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ...


Traditional counties of the Republic of Ireland

The term county capital is also used.

County County town
County Carlow Carlow
County Cavan Cavan
County Clare Ennis
County Cork Cork
County Donegal Lifford
County Dublin Dublin
County Galway Galway
County Kerry Tralee
County Kildare Naas
County Kilkenny Kilkenny
County Laois Portlaoise
County Leitrim Carrick-on-Shannon
County Limerick Limerick
County Longford Longford
County Louth Dundalk
County Mayo Castlebar
County Meath Trim (Navan - de facto)
County Monaghan Monaghan
County Offaly Tullamore
County Roscommon Roscommon
County Sligo Sligo
County Tipperary Tipperary is often mistakenly assumed to be the county town. The honour has been held by Cashel and Clonmel and since 1898 shared between Clonmel and Nenagh
County Waterford Waterford
County Westmeath Mullingar
County Wexford Wexford
County Wicklow Wicklow

Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Carlow Code: CW Area: 896 km² Population (2006) 50,471 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Cavan Code: CN Area: 1,931 km² Population (2002) 56,546 Website: www. ... Cavan (An Cabhán in Irish, meaning the hollow) is the main town and administrative centre of County Cavan in the Republic of Ireland. ... County Clare (Contae an Chláir in Irish) is in the Irish province of Munster. ... For people named Ennis, see Ennis (surname). ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Cork Code: C (CK proposed) Area: 7,457 km² Population (2006) 480,909 (including City of Cork); 361,766 (without Cork City) Website: www. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Lifford Code: DL Area: 4,841 km² Population (2006) 146,956 Website: www. ... Lifford (Leifear in Irish) is the county town of Donegal (near Castlefin) in the Republic of Ireland and the seat of Donegal County Council. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dublin Code: D Area: 921 km² Population (2006) 1,186,821 County Dublin (Irish: Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath), or more correctly today the Dublin Region[1] (Réigiúin Átha Cliath), is the area that contains the city of Dublin, the capital and largest city... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Statistics Province: Connacht County Town: Galway Code: G (GY proposed) Area: 6,148 km² Population (2006) 231,035 (including Galway City); 159,052 (without Galway City) Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Tralee Code: KY Area: 4,746 km² Population (2006) 139,616 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Naas Code: KE Area: 1,693 km² Population (2006) 186,075 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... County Kilkenny (Contae Chill Chainnigh in Irish) is located in the south east of Ireland in the province of Leinster. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Portlaoise Code: LS Area: 1,719 km² Population (2006) 69,012 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Statistics Province: Connacht County Town: Carrick-on-Shannon Code: LM Area: 1,588 km² Population (2006) 28,837 Website: www. ... Carrick-on-Shannon (Irish: Cora Droma Rúisc) is situated in County Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland on the County Roscommon border. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Limerick Code: LK Area: 2,686 km² Population (2006) 183,863 (including Limerick City); 131,303 (without Limerick City) Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Longford Code: LD Area: 1,091 km² Population (2006) 34,361 Website: www. ... Longford (An Longfort in Irish) is the county town of County Longford in the Midlands of Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dundalk Code: LH Area: 820 km² Population (2006) 110,894 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Statistics Province: Connacht County Town: Castlebar Code: MO Area: 5,397 km² Population (2006) 123,648 Website: www. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Navan Code: MH Area: 2,342 km² Population (2006) 162,621 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Monaghan Code: MN Area: 1,294 km² Population (2006) 55,816 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Tullamore Code: OY Area: 1,999 km² Population (2006) 70,604 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Statistics Province: Connacht County Town: Roscommon Code: RN Area: 2,547 km² (983 mi²) Population (2006) 58,700 Website: www. ... Roscommon (Ros Comáin in Irish) is the county town of County Roscommon in the Republic of Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Connacht County Town: Sligo Code: SO Area: 1,836 km² Population (2006) 60,863 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: North: Nenagh South: Clonmel Code: North: TN South: TS Area: 4,303 km² Population (2006) 149,040[[1]] County Tipperary (Contae Thiobraid Árann in Irish) is a county in the Republic of Ireland, and situated in the province of Munster. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Cashel (Irish: An Caisleán) is a town in County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland, located south of the midlands of Ireland. ... Clonmel (Cluain Meala in Irish) is a medium-sized town situated in south County Tipperary, Ireland. ... Clonmel (Cluain Meala in Irish) is a medium-sized town situated in south County Tipperary, Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... County Waterford (Port Láirge in Irish) is a county in the province of Munster on the south coast of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Mullingar Code: WH Area: 1,764 km² Population (2006) 79,403 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Wexford Code: WX Area: 2,352 km² Population (2006) 131,615 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Wicklow Code: WW Area: 2,024 km² Population (2002) 114,676 Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ...

Other counties of the Republic of Ireland

Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown1 (Irish: Dún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin) is an administrative county in the Republic of Ireland forming part of the traditional county of Dublin. ... // WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Swords Code: D (FL proposed) Area: 448. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... North Tipperary (Tiobraid Árann Thuaidh in Irish), known until 2002 as Tipperary North Riding, is a local government area in Ireland, consisting of the northern part of County Tipperary. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Tallaght Code: D (SN proposed) Area: 222. ... // WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... South Tipperary (Tiobraid Árann Theas in Irish), known until 2002 as Tipperary South Riding, is a local government area in Ireland, consisting of the southern part of County Tipperary. ... Clonmel (Cluain Meala in Irish) is a medium-sized town situated in south County Tipperary, Ireland. ...

County Halls

Over time, the location of administrative headquarters (County Halls) have moved away from the traditional county town. Furthermore, in 1965 and 1974 there were major administrative boundary changes in England and Wales and administrative counties were replaced with new metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties. The boundaries underwent more major alterations between 1995 and 1998 to create unitary authorities and some of the traditional counties and county towns were restored for administrative purposes. (Note: not all headquarters are or were called County Halls or Shire Halls eg: Cumbria County Council's HQ is called The Courts) 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... An administrative county is an administrative area in the British Isles. ... The six metropolitan counties shown within England The metropolitan counties are a type of county-level subnational entity in current use in England. ... A shire county or non-metropolitan county in England, is a county level entity which is not a metropolitan county. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... The British Isles are divided into the following traditional counties (also vice counties or historic counties). ...


England

County council Date Headquarters
Avon 1974 to 1996 Bristol
Bedfordshire 1889 onwards Bedford
Berkshire 1889 to 1998 Reading (county borough until 1974)
City and County of Bristol 1996 onwards Bristol
Buckinghamshire 1889 onwards Aylesbury
Cambridgeshire 1889 to 1965
1974 onwards
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely 1965 to 1974 Cambridge
Cheshire 1889 onwards Chester
Cleveland 1974 to 1996 Middlesbrough
Cornwall 1889 onwards Truro
Cumberland 1889 to 1974 Carlisle (county borough from 1914)
Cumbria 1974 onwards Carlisle
Derbyshire 1889 onwards Matlock (moved from Derby, county borough 1958)[6]
Devon 1889 onwards Exeter (county borough until 1974)
Dorset 1889 onwards Dorchester
Durham 1889 onwards Durham
Essex 1889 onwards Chelmsford
Gloucestershire 1889 onwards Gloucester (county borough until 1974)
Greater London 1965 to 1986
2002 onwards
County Hall, Lambeth (Greater London Council)
City Hall, Southwark (Greater London Authority)
Greater Manchester 1974 to 1986 Manchester
Hampshire 1889 onwards Winchester
Herefordshire 1889 to 1974
1998 onwards
Hereford
Hereford and Worcester 1974 to 1998 Worcester
Hertfordshire 1889 onwards Hertford
Humberside 1974 to 1996 Beverley
Huntingdonshire 1889 to 1965 Huntingdon
Huntingdon and Peterborough 1965 to 1974 Huntingdon
Isle of Ely 1889 to 1965 March
Isle of Wight 1890 onwards Newport
Kent 1889 onwards Maidstone
Lancashire 1889 onwards Preston (moved from Lancaster, County Hall opened in 1882, county borough until 1974)
Leicestershire 1889 onwards Glenfield (moved from county borough of Leicester in 1967)
Lincolnshire, Parts of Lindsey 1889 to 1974 Lincoln (county borough)
Lincolnshire, Parts of Holland 1889 to 1974 Boston
Lincolnshire, Parts of Kesteven 1889 to 1974 Sleaford
Lincolnshire 1974 onwards Lincoln
London 1889 to 1965 County Hall was based at Lambeth
Merseyside 1974 to 1986 Liverpool
Middlesex 1889 to 1965 Middlesex Guildhall at Westminster in County of London
Monmouthshire 1889 to 1974 Newport (county borough)
Norfolk 1889 onwards Norwich (county borough until 1974)
Northamptonshire 1889 onwards Northampton (county borough until 1974)
Northumberland 1889 onwards Morpeth (moved from county borough of Newcastle upon Tyne)
Nottinghamshire 1889 onwards West Bridgford (moved from county borough of Nottingham in 1959)
Oxfordshire 1889 onwards Oxford (county borough until 1974)
Soke of Peterborough 1889 to 1965 Peterborough
Rutland 1889 to 1974
1997 onwards
Oakham
Shropshire 1889 onwards Shrewsbury
Somerset 1889 onwards Taunton
Staffordshire 1889 onwards Stafford
East Suffolk 1889 to 1974 Ipswich (county borough)
West Suffolk 1889 to 1974 Bury
Suffolk 1974 onwards Ipswich
Surrey 1889 onwards Inner London Sessions House, Newington, until County Hall, Kingston upon Thames opened in 1893 (Kingston has been in Greater London since 1965)
East Sussex 1889 onwards Lewes
West Sussex 1889 onwards Chichester (originally jointly with Horsham)[3]
Tyne and Wear 1974 to 1986 Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Warwickshire 1889 onwards Warwick
West Midlands 1974 to 1986 Birmingham
Westmorland 1889 to 1974 Kendal
Wiltshire 1889 onwards Trowbridge
Worcestershire 1889 to 1974
1998 onwards
Worcester (county borough until 1974)
Yorkshire, East Riding 1889 to 1974
1996 onwards
Beverley (later HQ of Humberside)
Yorkshire, North Riding 1889 to 1974 Northallerton
North Yorkshire 1974 onwards Northallerton
South Yorkshire 1974 to 1986 Barnsley
Yorkshire, West Riding 1889 to 1974 Wakefield (county borough until 1974)
West Yorkshire 1974 onwards Wakefield

Northavon Bristol Kingswood Woodspring Wansdyke Bath The County of Avon was a short-lived administrative county in the west of England, named after the River Avon which ran through it. ... View from Cumberland Basin of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London and between the cities of Bath, Gloucester and Newport. ... Bedfordshire is a county in England and forms part of the East of England region. ... Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, England. ... Berks redirects here. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... This article is about the English city of Bristol. ... View from Cumberland Basin of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London and between the cities of Bath, Gloucester and Newport. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire in south central England. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ... Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely was an administrative county in England, created in 1965 by merging Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely county council areas, thus reconstructing the traditional Cambridgeshire. ... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ... The Cheshire Plain - photo taken adjacent to Beeston Castle The Cheshire Plain - photo taken towards Merseyside The Cheshire Plain panorama - photo taken from Mid-Cheshire Ridge Cattle farming in the county Black-and-white timbered buildings on Nantwich High Street Cheshire (or, archaically, the County of Chester)[1] is a... For the larger local government district, see City of Chester. ... Status: Non-metropolitan county Admin. ... Middlesbrough is a large town in the North East of England, and is the principal location in the borough of Middlesbrough. ... Cornwall (Cornish: ) is a county in South West England, United Kingdom, on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar and Devon. ... Truro (pronounced ; Cornish: Truru) is a city in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. ... Cumberland is one of the 39 traditional counties of England. ... This article is about the English city. ... Cumbria (IPA: ), created in 1974, is a county in the North West region of England. ... This article is about the English city. ... Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. ... Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom. ... “Devonshire” redirects here. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this articles infobox may require cleanup. ... Dorset (pronounced DOR-sit or [dɔ.sət], and sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the south-west of England, on the English Channel coast. ... OS Grid Reference: SY690906 Lat/Lon: Population: 16,171 (2001 Census) Dwellings: 7,386 (2001 Census) Formal status: County town Administration County: Dorset Region: South West Nation: England Post Office and Telephone Post town: Dorchester Postcode: DT1 Dialling Code: 01305 Dorchester Dorchester is a market town in southern central Dorset... County Durham is a county in north-east England. ... Durham (IPA: locally, in RP) is a small city and main settlement of the City of Durham district of County Durham in North East England. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... Chelmsford is the county town of Essex, England. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... Gloucester (pronounced ) is a city and district in the English county of Gloucestershire, close to the Welsh border. ... Greater London is the top-level administrative subdivision covering London, England. ... County Hall County Hall is a building in Lambeth, London, that was the headquarters of London County Council and later the Greater London Council (GLC). ... Lambeth is a place in the London Borough of Lambeth. ... Arms of the Greater London Council The Greater London Council (GLC) was the top-tier local government administrative body for Greater London from 1965 to 1986. ... City Hall, taken from the high walkway on Tower Bridge The interior of City Hall City Hall in London, informally known as the Leaning Tower of Pizzas or Fosters Nutsack (see also 30 St Mary Axe), is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London. ... The Borough or Southwark is an area of the London Borough of Southwark situated 1. ... The Greater London Authority (GLA) administers the 1579 km² (610 sq. ... Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England and has a population of 2. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Hampshire, sometimes historically Southamptonshire or Hamptonshire, (abbr. ... Winchester is a historic city in southern England, with a population of around 40,000 within a 3 mile radius of its centre. ... Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county and unitary district (known as County of Herefordshire) in the West Midlands region of England. ... Statistics Population: 50,154 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO515405 Administration District: Herefordshire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Herefordshire Historic county: Herefordshire Services Police force: West Mercia Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: West Midlands Post office and telephone Post town: HEREFORD Postal... Wyre Forest Bromsgrove Redditch Wychavon Worcester Malvern Hills Leominster Hereford South Herefordshire The County of Hereford and Worcester was an English administrative county created by the Local Government Act 1972 from the traditional counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. ... The city of Worcester (pronounced ) is a city and the county town of Worcestershire in England, situated some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Birmingham and 29 miles (47 km) north of Gloucester. ... Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom and part of the East of England Government Office region. ... Hertford (Hartford or, in local pronunciation, /[h]ɑːʔֽfəd/) is the county town of Hertfordshire, England, and is in the East Hertfordshire district of that county. ... East Yorkshire Holderness Kingston upon Hull Beverley Boothferry Scunthorpe Glanford Great Grimsby Cleethorpes The Arms of Humberside County Council Humberside was a non-metropolitan county of England from April 1, 1974 until April 1, 1996. ... Arms of Beverley For other uses, see Beverley (disambiguation). ... Huntingdonshire (abbreviated Hunts) is a part of England around Huntingdon, which is currently administered as a local government district of Cambridgeshire. ... Huntingdon is a town in the county of Cambridgeshire in East Anglia, England. ... Huntingdon and Peterborough was a short-lived administrative county in England. ... Huntingdon is a town in the county of Cambridgeshire in East Anglia, England. ... The Isle of Ely in Cambridgeshire, England, is a traditional region around the city of Ely. ... Location within the British Isles March is a historic market town in the Cambridgeshire fens, on the River Nene. ... The Isle of Wight is an English island and county, off the southern English coast, to the south of the county of Hampshire. ... Statistics Population: 23,957 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SZ502893 Administration District: Isle of Wight Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Isle of Wight Historic county: Hampshire Services Police force: Hampshire Constabulary Ambulance service: South Central Post office and telephone Post town... This article is about the county in England. ... Maidstone (pronounced either mādstun or mādstone) is the county town of Kent, in South East England, United Kingdom. ... Lancashire is a county in North West England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... Preston is a city and local government district in North West England. ... A view of Lancaster showing the Lune, the Millennium Bridge and the Ashton Memorial Lancaster (2001 census population 45,952: source ONS) is a city in Lancashire, in the north-west of England. ... Leicestershire ( IPA: (RP), IPA: (locally)), abbreviation Leics. ... Location within the British Isles A view of part of Glenfield from the 6th floor of the Leicestershire County Council County Hall, looking towards Bradgate Park. ... Leicester city centre, looking towards the Clock Tower Leicester (pronounced ) is the largest city and unitary authority in the English East Midlands region of the UK. The city is the traditional county town of Leicestershire. ... Lindsey was a unit of local government until 1974 in Lincolnshire, England, covering the northern part of the county. ... Lincoln (pronounced //) is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. ... Parts of Holland is an area in south-east Lincolnshire, England. ... Statistics Population: 35,124 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TF329437 Administration District: Boston Borough Shire county: Lincolnshire Region: East Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Lincolnshire Historic county: Lincolnshire Services Police force: Lincolnshire Police Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: East Midlands Post office and telephone... Parts of Kesteven is a traditional subdivision of Lincolnshire, England. ... This article is about Sleaford in Lincolnshire. ... Lincolnshire (abbreviated Lincs) is a county in the east of England. ... Lincoln (pronounced //) is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. ... The County of London (in red), super imposed upon todays Greater London area, to show the difference in size with post-1965 Borough boundaries The County of London was an administrative county of England from 1888 to 1965. ... County Hall County Hall is a building in Lambeth, London, that was the headquarters of London County Council and later the Greater London Council (GLC). ... Lambeth is a place in the London Borough of Lambeth. ... Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1,365,900. ... Liverpool skyline. ... Middlesex is one of the 39 historic counties of England and the second smallest (after Rutland). ... The Middlesex Guildhall is a building on the south-west corner of Parliament Square in London. ... Westminster is a district within the City of Westminster in London. ... The County of London (in red), super imposed upon todays Greater London area, to show the difference in size with post-1965 Borough boundaries The County of London was an administrative county of England from 1888 to 1965. ... Monmouthshire is one of thirteen historic counties of Wales, covering south-east Wales. ... For other uses, see Newport (disambiguation). ... Norfolk (IPA: //) is a low-lying county in East Anglia in the east of southern England. ... Norwich is a city in East Anglia, in Eastern England. ... Northamptonshire (abbreviated Northants or Nhants) is a landlocked county in central England with a population of 629,676 (2001 census). ... Northampton Guildhall, built 1861-4, E.W. Godwin, architect Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in central England on the River Nene, and the county town of Northamptonshire, in the English East Midlands region. ... Northumberland is a county in northern England. ... 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Wales

County council Date Headquarters
Anglesey 1889 to 1974
1996 onwards
Llangefni
Brecknockshire 1889 to 1974 Brecon
Caernarfonshire 1889 to 1974 Caernarfon
Carmarthenshire 1889 to 1974
1996 onwards
Carmarthen
Cardiganshire 1889 to 1974 Aberaeron
Clwyd 1974 to 1996 Mold
Denbighshire 1889 to 1974 Denbigh
Dyfed 1974 to 1996 Carmarthen
Flintshire 1889 to 1974 Mold
Glamorgan 1889 to 1974 Cardiff (county borough)
Gwent 1975 to 1996 Cwmbran
Gwynedd 1974 to 1996 Caernarfon
Mid Glamorgan 1974 to 1996 Cardiff (extraterritorial)
Merionethshire 1889 to 1974 Dolgellau
Monmouthshire 1889 to 1974 Newport (county borough)
Montgomeryshire 1889 to 1974 Welshpool
Pembrokeshire 1889 to 1974
1996 onwards
Haverfordwest
Radnorshire 1889 to 1974 Llandrindod Wells
Powys 1974 onwards Llandrindod Wells
South Glamorgan 1974 to 1996 Cardiff
West Glamorgan 1974 to 1996 Swansea

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References

  1. ^ a b Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, Vol. I, 1831
  2. ^ a b Stewart, Alexander (1828). A compendium of modern geography. Oliver & Boyde. 
  3. ^ a b General history of Horsham - The town as county centre, Victoria County History of Sussex, Volume VI British History Online
  4. ^ Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. Wiltshire County Council (January 9, 2003).
  5. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1872). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales: WILTS. A. Fullarton and Co.
  6. ^ Removal of County Headquarters, The Times, January 28 1958

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