List of the Counties of the United Kingdom

The following are lists of the counties of the United Kingdom, and of cognate areas. As there are different areas which people think of as "counties", all sorts are included, starting with the real counties.

Local government areas
Ceremonial counties - England, Northern Ireland and Wales
Lieutenancy areas - Scotland
Former local government "counties" and regions (after 1974)


There are 92 counties in the United Kingdom. To distinguish them from local government areas they are variously known as historic counties or ancient or geographical counties. These counties are geographical areas, no longer burdened with any administrative function since 1889, though until 1974 local government areas were still closely based on them.

With each county is a list of towns in the county, with a links to a good article on each of those towns.

See also the Map of the British Counties.

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County Area Some towns in the county
Aberdeenshire 1,950 square miles Aberdeen, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead, Turriff
Anglesey 276 square miles Beaumaris, Amlwch, Holyhead, Llangefni, Menai Bridge
Angus (Forfarshire) 889 square miles Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir, Montrose
Antrim 1,175 square miles Belfast, Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carnlough, Larne, Portrush
Argyll (Argyllshire) 3,110 square miles Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Inveraray, Oban, Tobermory
Armagh 512 square miles Armagh, Newry
Ayrshire 1,129 square miles Ayr, Cumnock, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Troon
Banffshire 641 square miles Banff, Buckie, Dufftown, Keith, Macduff, Portsoy
Bedfordshire 465 square miles Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Sandy
Berkshire 722 square miles Reading, Abingdon, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham
Berwickshire 457 square miles Greenlaw, Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Lauder
Brecknockshire (Breconshire) 743 square miles Brecon, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Llanwrtyd Wells, Talgarth
Buckinghamshire 745 square miles Aylesbury, Buckingham, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Slough
Buteshire 225 square miles Rothesay, Brodick, Lochranza, Millport
Caernarfonshire (Carnarvonshire) 480 square miles Caernarfon, Bangor, Conwy, Llandudno, Porthmadog, Pwllheli
Caithness 618 square miles Wick, Castletown, Halkirk, Thurso
Cambridgeshire 820 square miles Cambridge, Ely, Chatteris, March, Cambridgeshire, Whittlesey, Wisbech
Cardiganshire 815 square miles Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron
Carmarthenshire 1,095 square miles Carmarthen, Ammanford, Kidwelly, Llandovery, Llanelli, St Clears
Cheshire 1,027 square miles Chester, Birkenhead, Crewe, Macclesfield, Runcorn, Stockport, Wallasey
Clackmannanshire 48 square miles Clackmannan, Alloa, Dollar, Tillicoultry, Tullibody
Cornwall 1,349 square miles Bodmin, Truro, Camborne, Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth, St Austell
Cromartyshire 370 square miles Cromarty, Ullapool
Cumberland 1,516 square miles Carlisle, Brampton, Keswick, Penrith, Whitehaven, Workington
Denbighshire 640 square miles Ruthin, Abergele, Denbigh, Llangollen, Wrexham
Derbyshire 1,029 square miles Derby, Ashbourne, Buxton, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Matlock, Swadlincote
Devon 2,405 square miles Exeter, Plymouth, Barnstaple, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay
Dorset 980 square miles Dorchester, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
Down 950 square miles Downpatrick, Bangor, Holywood, Newcastle, Strangford
Dumbartonshire 241 square miles Dumbarton, Alexandria, Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Helensburgh, Kirkintilloch
Dumfriesshire 1,063 square miles Dumfries, Annan, Gretna, Langholm, Lockerbie, Moffat, Sanquhar
Durham 1,015 square miles Durham, Gateshead, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland, Washington
East Lothian 267 square miles Haddington, Dunbar, East Linton, North Berwick, Tranent
Essex 1,542 square miles Chelmsford, Basildon, Brentwood, Colchester, Harlow, Romford, Southend-on-Sea, Stratford
Fermanagh 715 square miles Enniskillen, Belleek, Irvinestown
Fife 504 square miles Cupar, Dunfermline, Burntisland, Cowdenbeath, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews
Flintshire 640 square miles Mold, Connah's Quay, Buckley, Flint, Holywell, Prestatyn, Rhyl, St Asaph
Glamorgan 845 square miles Cardiff, Swansea, Barry, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, Pontypridd
Gloucestershire 1,225 square miles Gloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Hampshire 1,622 square miles Winchester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Newport
Herefordshire 833 square miles Hereford, Bromyard, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye
Hertfordshire 727 square miles Hertford, St Albans, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford
Huntingdonshire 359 square miles Huntingdon, Ramsey, St Ives, St Neots, Yaxley
Inverness-shire 4,211 square miles Inverness, Fort William, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Portree
Kent 1,555 square miles Maidstone, Canterbury, Bromley, Dover, Folkestone, Greenwich, Rochester
Kincardineshire 380 square miles Stonehaven, Banchory, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk
Kinross-shire 73 square miles Kinross, Milnathort
Kirkcudbrightshire 899 square miles Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, New Galloway
Lanarkshire 879 square miles Lanark, Glasgow, Coatbridge, Carluke, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell
Lancashire 1,880 square miles Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Barrow-in-Furness, Bolton, Warrington
Leicestershire 800 square miles Leicester, Coalville, Hinckley, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Melton Mowbray
Lincolnshire 2,646 square miles Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Grimsby, Louth, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Stamford
Londonderry 816 square miles Londonderry, Coleraine, Limavady
Merionethshire 780 square miles Bala, Barmouth, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dolgellau, Harlech, Towyn
Middlesex 285 square miles London, Brentford, Westminster, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Potters Bar, Staines, Twickenham
Midlothian 362 square miles Edinburgh, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Musselburgh, Penicuik
Monmouthshire 530 square miles Monmouth, Newport, Abergavenny, Blackwood, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Tredegar
Montgomeryshire 780 square miles Montgomery, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Newtown, Welshpool
Morayshire 476 square miles Elgin, Fochabers, Lossiemouth, Forres, Rothes
Nairnshire 200 square miles Nairn, Auldearn, Cawdor
Norfolk 2,044 square miles Norwich, Cromer, East Dereham, Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton, King's Lynn
Northamptonshire 984 square miles Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough
Northumberland 2,018 square miles Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Alnwick, (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Hexham, Morpeth
Nottinghamshire 825 square miles Nottingham, Mansfield, Newark-on-Trent, Retford, Southwell, Worksop
Orkney 376 square miles Kirkwall, Balfour, Stromness
Oxfordshire 756 square miles Oxford, Banbury, Bicester, Carterton, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Witney
Peeblesshire 548 square miles Peebles, Innerleithen, West Linton
Pembrokeshire 655 square miles Pembroke, Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Tenby, St David's
Perthshire 2,493 square miles Perth, Blairgowrie, Callander, Coupar Angus, Crieff, Pitlochry, Rattray
Radnorshire 485 square miles Presteigne, Knighton, Llandrindod Wells, New Radnor, Rhayader
Renfrewshire 245 square miles Renfrew, Barrhead, Greenock, Johnstone, Kilmacolm, Paisley, Port Glasgow
Ross-shire 3,089 square miles Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Stornaway, Tain
Roxburghshire 666 square miles Jedburgh, Hawick, Kelso, Melrose, Roxburgh
Rutland 152 square miles Oakham, Cottesmore, Uppingham
Selkirkshire 267 square miles Selkirk, Galashiels
Shetland 551 square miles Lerwick, Baltasound, Scalloway
Shropshire 1,343 square miles Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Telford, Whitchurch
Somerset 1,640 square miles Taunton, Bath, Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Wells, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil
Staffordshire 1,171 square miles Stafford, Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Cannock, Walsall
Stirlingshire 447 square miles Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Denny, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Kilsyth
Suffolk 1,489 square miles Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Bungay, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Lowestoft, Sudbury
Surrey 758 square miles Guildford, Brixton, Croydon, Egham, Farnham, Kingston upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Woking
Sussex 1,458 square miles Chichester, Bognor Regis, Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Horsham, Worthing
Sutherland 2,028 square miles Dornoch, Brora, Durness, Golspie, Helmsdale, Lairg, Tongue
Tyrone 1,260 square miles Omagh, Cookstown, Dungannon, Strabane
Warwickshire 885 square miles Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon
West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) 120 square miles Linlithgow, Armadale, Bathgate, Bo'ness, Broxburn, Livingston, Whitburn
Westmorland 783 square miles Appleby in Westmorland, Ambleside, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Windermere
Wigtownshire 487 square miles Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Whithorn
Wiltshire 1,370 square miles Salisbury, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Swindon, Trowbridge, Warminster
Worcestershire 738 square miles Worcester, Dudley, Evesham, Great Malvern, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Stourbridge
Yorkshire 6,066 square miles York

East Riding: Kingston upon Hull, Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Filey, Hornsea

North Riding: Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Scarborough, Whitby

West Riding: Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Halifax, Harrogate

Local Government Areas: "counties", council areas, principal areas and similar

The top-tier local government areas in the United Kingdom have different names and functions. In Northern Ireland, local government reforms in 1973 created two tier local government at regional and district level; the whole of Northern Ireland forming the region. In England and Wales, the Local Government Act 1972 created counties for the purposes of the Act outside Greater London and the Isles of Scilly. Those in Wales were abolished in 1996.

In England a number of districts were separated from their counties in the 1990's and one in 2009. Each such "unitary area" (except those from Berkshire) is a county itself for the purposes of the 1972 Act, with one co-extensive district, and its council is either the council of the county or that of the district.  In 2009, three county councils swallowed their districts to become unitary.

Scotland and Wales have only single-tier "council areas" and "principal areas", of which in Wales only some are called "counties" and others "county boroughs". In England a "principal area" means any of a non-metropolitan county, a district or a London borough.

The Greater London area (which was never called a "county") was created in 1965. The Greater London Authority was created in 2000.

"County" Type Part of the UK Council Districts in the county/area
Aberdeen council area Scotland City Council none
Aberdeenshire council area Scotland Council none
Angus council area Scotland Council none
Argyll and Bute council area Scotland Council none
Bath and North East Somerset county England (district council) Bath & North East Somerset


county England (district council) Borough of Bedford
Berkshire county England none Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham
Blackburn with Darwen county England (district council) Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
Blackpool county England (district council) Borough of Blackpool
Blaenau Gwent principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Bournemouth county England (district council) Borough of Bournemouth
Bridgend principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Brighton and Hove county England (district council) City of Brighton and Hove
Bristol county England (district council) City of Bristol
Buckinghamshire county England County Council Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks, Wycombe
Cambridgeshire county England County Council Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland , Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire
Caerphilly principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Cardiff principal area Wales City and County Council none
Carmarthenshire principal area Wales County Council none
Central Bedfordshire county England (district council) Central Bedfordshire
Ceredigion principal area Wales County Council none
Cheshire East county England (district council) Cheshire East
Cheshire West and Chester county England (district council) Cheshire West and Chester
Clackmannanshire council area Scotland Council none
Conwy principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Cornwall county England Council none
Cumbria county England County Council Allerdale, Barrow in Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden, South Lakeland
Darlington county England (district council) Borough of Darlington
Denbighshire principal area Wales County Council none
Derby county England (district council) City of Derby
Derbyshire county England County Council Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, South Derbyshire
Devon county England County Council East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon
Dorset county England County Council Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland
Dumfries and Galloway council area Scotland Council none
Dundee council area Scotland City Council none
Durham county England County Council none
East Ayrshire council area Scotland Council none
East Dunbartonshire council area Scotland Council none
East Lothian council area Scotland Council none
East Renfrewshire council area Scotland Council none
East Riding of Yorkshire county England (district council) East Riding of Yorkshire
East Sussex county England County Council Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother, Wealden,
Edinburgh council area Scotland City Council none
Essex county England County Council Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Tendring, Uttlesford
Falkirk council area Scotland Council none
Fife council area Scotland Council none
Flintshire principal area Wales County Council none
Glasgow council area Scotland City Council none
Gloucestershire county England County Council Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Greater London Region England Authority Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, City of Westminster
Greater Manchester metropolitan county England none Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan
Gwynedd principal area Wales County Council none
Halton county England (district council) Borough of Halton
Hampshire county England County Council Basingstoke & Deane, Eastleigh, East Hampshire, Fareham, Gosport, Hart, Havant, New Forest, Rushmoor, Test Valley, Winchester
Hartlepool county England (district council) Borough of Hartlepool
Herefordshire county England (district council) Herefordshire
Hertfordshire county England County Council Broxbourne, Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, Hertsmere, North Hertfordshire, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield
Highland council area Scotland Council none
Inverclyde council area Scotland Council none
Isle of Anglesey principal area Wales County Council none
Isle of Wight county England Council none
Kent county England County Council Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Kingston upon Hull county England (district council) City of Kingston upon Hull
Lancashire county England County Council Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre
Leicester county England (district council) City of Leicester
Leicestershire county England County Council Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, Oadby and Wigston
Lincolnshire county England County Council Boston, East Lindsey, Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Holland, South Kesteven, West Lindsey
City of London county England City of London Corporation none
Luton county England (district council) Borough of Luton
Medway county England (district council) City of Medway
Merseyside metropolitan county England none Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral
Merthyr Tydfil principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Middlesbrough county England (district council) Borough of Middlesbrough
Midlothian council area Scotland Council none
Milton Keynes county England (district council) Borough of Milton Keynes
Monmouthshire principal area Wales County Council none
Moray council area Scotland Council none
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) council area Scotland Council none
Neath Port Talbot principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Newport principal area Wales City Council none
Norfolk county England County Council Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, South Norfolk
Northamptonshire county England County Council Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough
North Ayrshire council area Scotland Council none
North East Lincolnshire county England (district council) North East Lincolnshire
Northern Ireland region Northern Ireland Assembly Antrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Derry, Down, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry & Mourne, Newtownabbey, North Down, Omagh, Strabane
North Lanarkshire council area Scotland Council none
North Lincolnshire county England (district council) North Lincolnshire
North Somerset county England (district council) North Somerset
Northumberland county England County Council none
North Yorkshire county England County Council Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby
Nottingham county England (district council) City of Nottingham
Nottinghamshire county England County Council Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Rushcliffe
Orkney Islands council area Scotland Council none
Oxfordshire county England County Council Cherwell, Oxford, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire
Pembrokeshire principal area Wales County Council none
Perth & Kinross council area Scotland Council none
Peterborough county England (district council) City of Peterborough
Plymouth county England (district council) City of Plymouth
Poole county England (district council) Borough of Poole
Portsmouth county England (district council) City of Portsmouth
Powys principal area Wales County Council none
Redcar and Cleveland county England (district council) Borough of Redcar and Cleveland
Renfrewshire council area Scotland Council none
Rhondda Cynon Taff principal area Wales Council none
Rutland county England (district council) Rutland
Scottish Borders council area Scotland Council none
Shetland Islands council area Scotland Council none
Shropshire county England Council none
Somerset county England County Council Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane, West Somerset
Southampton county England (district council) City of Southampton
South Ayrshire council area Scotland Council none
Southend-on-Sea county England (district council) Borough of Southend-on-Sea
South Gloucestershire county England (district council) South Gloucestershire
South Lanarkshire council area Scotland Council none
South Yorkshire metropolitan county England none Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield
Staffordshire county England County Council Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth
Stirling council area Scotland Council none
Stockton-on-Tees county England (district council) Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
Stoke-on-Trent county England (district council) City of Stoke-on-Trent
Suffolk county England County Council Babergh, Forest Heath, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk Coastal, Waveney
Surrey county England County Council Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, Woking
Swansea principal area Wales City and County Council none
Swindon county England (borough council) Borough of Swindon
Telford and Wrekin county England (district council) Borough of Telford and Wrekin
Thurrock county England (district council) Borough of Thurrock
Torbay county England (district council) Borough of Torbay
Torfaen principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Tyne and Wear metropolitan county England none Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland
Vale of Glamorgan principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Warrington county England (district council) Borough of Warrington
Warwickshire county England County Council North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick
West Dunbartonshire council area Scotland Council none
West Lothian council area Scotland Council none
West Midlands metropolitan county England none Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton
West Sussex county England County Council Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex, Worthing
West Yorkshire metropolitan county England none Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield
Wiltshire county England Council none
Worcestershire county England County Council Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest
Wrexham principal area Wales County Borough Council none
York county England (district council) City of York
Other areas:
Inner Temple liberty England The Sub-Treasurer none
Isles of Scilly England Council none
Middle Temple liberty England The Undertreasurer none

Ceremonial counties – England, Northern Ireland and Wales

Ceremonial County Consisting of:
Antrim County of Antrim
Armagh County of Armagh
Bedfordshire Bedfordshire and Luton
Belfast City Belfast County Borough
Berkshire Berkshire
Bristol City of Bristol
Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Cheshire Cheshire, Halton and Warrington
City of London The City of London
Clwyd Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham
Cornwall Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Cumbria Cumbria
Derbyshire Derbyshire and Derby
Devon Devon, Plymouth and Torbay
Dorset Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole
Down County of Down
Durham Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, and such of Stockton-on-Tees as lies north of the River Tees
Dyfed Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire
East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston-upon-Hull
East Sussex East Sussex and Brighton and Hove
Essex Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock
Fermanagh County of Fermanagh
Gloucestershire Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire
Greater London Greater London excluding the City of London
Greater Manchester Greater Manchester
Gwent Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Newport
Gwynedd Anglesey, Gwynedd
Hampshire Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton
Herefordshire Herefordshire
Hertfordshire Hertfordshire
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
Kent Kent and Medway
Lancashire Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool
Leicestershire Leicestershire and Leicester
Lincolnshire Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire
Londonderry County of Londonderry
Londonderry City Londonderry County Borough
Merseyside Merseyside
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff
Norfolk Norfolk
North Yorkshire North Yorkshire, York, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and such of Stockton-on-Tees as lies south of the River Tees
Northamptonshire Northamptonshire
Northumberland Northumberland
Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire and Nottingham
Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Powys Powys
Rutland Rutland
Shropshire Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin
Somerset Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan
South Yorkshire South Yorkshire
Staffordshire Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
Suffolk Suffolk
Surrey Surrey
Tyne and Wear Tyne and Wear
Tyrone County of Tyrone
Warwickshire Warwickshire
West Glamorgan Neath Port Talbot, Swansea
West Midlands West Midlands
West Sussex West Sussex
West Yorkshire West Yorkshire
Wiltshire Wiltshire and Swindon
Worcestershire Worcestershire

Lieutenancy areas - Scotland

Area Name Areas covered
Aberdeenshire Aberdeenshire (historic) except parts in the City of Aberdeen
Angus The Angus principal area
Argyll and Bute The former district of Argyll and Bute
Ayrshire and Arran The former districts of Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Cunninghame, and Kyle and Carrick
Banffshire Banffshire (historic)
Berwickshire The former district of Berwickshire
Caithness Caithness
Clackmannan The former district of Clackmannan
The former districts of Nithsdale, and Annandale and Eskdale
Dunbartonshire The former districts of Dumbarton, Clydebank, Bearsden and Milngavie, Strathkelvin, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, South Lenzie/Waterside ward
East Lothian The former district of East Lothian
Fife Fife
Inverness The former districts of Lochaber, Inverness, and Badenoch and Strathspey
Kincardineshire Kincardineshire (historic) except Nigg
Lanarkshire The former districts of Monklands, Motherwell, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Clydesdale, and various other parts of the former Strathclyde region
Midlothian The former district of Midlothian
Moray Morayshire except those in the former Highland Region
Nairn The former district of Nairn
Orkney Orkney
Perth and Kinross The Perth and Kinross principal area
Renfrewshire The former districts of Eastwood, Renfrew, and Inverclyde
Ross and Cromarty The former districts of Ross and Cromarty, and Skye and Lochalsh
Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale The former districts of Roxburgh, and Ettrick and Lauderdale
Shetland Shetland
Stirling and Falkirk The former districts of Stirling and Falkirk
Sutherland The former district of Sutherland
The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright The former district of Stewartry
Tweeddale The former district of Tweeddale (Peeblesshire)
West Lothian The former district of West Lothian
Western Isles Na h-Eileanan Siar
Wigtown The former district of Wigtown

Former "counties" & regions (after 1974)

Many local government areas which became familiar names have been abolished since their establishment in the 1970's, particularly in the local government reforms of the 1990's. Some were abolished directly by Parliament in 1996, in the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 ("LGSA") and the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 ("LGWA"), and some at various dates by a Structural Change Order under the Local Government Act 1992.

Name type of area Date abolished & how approx. redistribution of area
Avon county 1996
Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South


Central region 1996
Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling
Cleveland county 1996
Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees
Clwyd county 1996
Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, Conwy (part)
Dyfed county 1996
Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire
Grampian region 1996
City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray
Gwent county 1996
Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly (part), Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen
Gwynedd county 1996
Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy (part)
Hereford and Worcester county 1998
Herefordshire, Worcestershire
Humberside county 1996
East Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire,

North Lincolnshire

Lothian region 1996
East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian
Mid Glamorgan county 1996
Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly (part)
Powys county 1996
South Glamorgan county 1996
Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan
Strathclyde region 1996
Argyll and Bute, West Dunbartonshire, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire
Tayside region 1996
Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross
West Glamorgan county 1996
Neath Port Talbot, Swansea


The layout of these lists, though not the linked content, are based on lists provided by the Historic Counties Trust.  A very similar, and useful, article was formerly found on the ghastly Wikipedia as "List of Counties of the United Kingdom". It was rather a good set of lists, even if the emphasis on mere local government areas was regrettable. Unfortunately at some point someone vandalized the article in question, or rather "edited" it by replacing everything with his own material and discarding all real counties. Alas, in an open wiki forum personal viewpoints cause personality clashes and "edit wars" spreading out across many articles and become ineradicable; it is the wikicraft equivalent of MRSA.

A good article on the "Counties of the United Kingdom" now stands in Wikishire.

(For anyone who wants the "sand box" wiki code for the deleted sections, click here.)