Cleveland County Council
Founded1 April 1974
Disbanded1 April 1996
Succeeded byHartlepool
Redcar and Cleveland
Meeting place
Municipal Buildings, Middlesbrough

Cleveland County Council was the county council of the non-metropolitan county of Cleveland in north east England. It came into its powers on 1 April 1974 and was abolished on 1 April 1996.


The county council came into its powers on 1 April 1974 and established its base at Municipal Buildings in Middlesbrough.[1] It adopted the motto "Endeavour" to commemorate the name of Captain James Cook's ship, HMS Endeavour, which, in February 1768, was dispatched on a mission to find the postulated continent Terra Australis Incognita (or "unknown southern land") in the south Pacific.[2]

Following the recommendations of the Banham Commission, which had recommended the transfer of power in the county to unitary authorities,[3] the county council was abolished on 1 April 1996.[4] It was replaced with four unitary authorities: Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.[5] The four districts were re-allocated to the ceremonial counties of County Durham (Hartlepool and north Stockton) and North Yorkshire (south Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland) so facilitating the abolition of the ceremonial county of Cleveland as well as the abolition of the administrative county of Cleveland.[6]


  1. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1979, p. 630
  2. ^ "Secret Instructions to Lieutenant Cook 30 July 1768 (UK)". National Library of Australia. 2005. Archived from the original on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Remember When: How the death knell sounded for Cleveland County Council". Teesside Live. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  4. ^ "The Cleveland (Structural Change) Order 1995". Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Registration Districts in Cleveland". UK Births, Marriages and Deaths. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  6. ^ "The Cleveland (Further Provision) Order 1995". Retrieved 15 November 2020.