County councils in England (blue).
County councils in England (blue).

There are currently 24 county councils in England, covering areas known as non-metropolitan counties and divided into a number of non-metropolitan districts, which each have a district council.[1] The first county councils were created in 1889. The Local Government Act 1888 established county councils and county borough councils in England and Wales. There was a significant reform of the number, powers and jurisdictions of county councils in 1974. Their number has been decreasing further due to incremental reforms carried out between 1986 and 2021.

Current

Local authority Established District councils Website Headquarters
Cambridgeshire County Council 1974Cambs 5 Official website New Shire Hall, Alconbury Weald
Cumbria County Council 1974 6 Official website Cumbria House, Carlisle
Derbyshire County Council 1889 8 Official website County Hall, Matlock
Devon County Council 1889 8 Official website County Hall, Exeter
East Sussex County Council 1889 5 Official website County Hall, Lewes
Essex County Council 1889 12 Official website County Hall, Chelmsford
Gloucestershire County Council 1889 6 Official website Shire Hall, Gloucester
Hampshire County Council 1889 11 Official website Castle Hill, Winchester
Hertfordshire County Council 1889 10 Official website County Hall, Hertford
Kent County Council 1889 12 Official website County Hall, Maidstone
Lancashire County Council 1889 12 Official website County Hall, Preston
Leicestershire County Council 1889 7 Official website County Hall, Glenfield
Lincolnshire County Council 1974 7 Official website County Offices, Lincoln
Norfolk County Council 1889 7 Official website County Hall, Norwich
North Yorkshire County Council 1974 7 Official website County Hall, Northallerton
Nottinghamshire County Council 1889 7 Official website County Hall, West Bridgford
Oxfordshire County Council 1889 5 Official website County Hall, Oxford
Somerset County Council 1889 4 Official website County Hall, Taunton
Staffordshire County Council 1889 8 Official website County Buildings, Stafford
Suffolk County Council 1974 5 Official website Endeavour House, Ipswich
Surrey County Council 1889 11 Official website Woodhatch Place, Reigate
Warwickshire County Council 1889 5 Official website Shire Hall, Warwick
West Sussex County Council 1889 7 Official website County Hall, Chichester
Worcestershire County Council 1998Worcs 6 Official website County Hall, Worcester

Former

Local authority Established Abolished
Avon County Council 1974 1996
Bedfordshire County Council 1889 2009
Berkshire County Council 1889 1998
Buckinghamshire County Council 1889 2020
Cambridgeshire County Council 1889 1965Cambs
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely County Council 1965 1974
Cheshire County Council 1889 2009
Cleveland County Council 1974 1996
Cornwall County Council 1889 2009
Cumberland County Council 1889 1974
Dorset County Council 1889 2019
Durham County Council 1889 2009
East Riding County Council 1889 1974
East Suffolk County Council 1889 1974
Greater Manchester County Council 1974 1986
Hereford and Worcester County Council 1974 1998
Herefordshire County Council 1889 1974
Holland County Council 1889 1974
Humberside County Council 1974 1996
Huntingdon and Peterborough County Council 1965 1974
Huntingdonshire County Council 1889 1965
Isle of Ely County Council 1889 1965
Isle of Wight County Council 1890 1995
Kesteven County Council 1889 1974
Lindsey County Council 1889 1974
London County Council 1889 1965
Merseyside County Council 1974 1986
Middlesex County Council 1889 1965
Monmouthshire County Council 1889 1974Mon
North Riding County Council 1889 1974
Northamptonshire County Council 1889 2021
Northumberland County Council 1889 1974
Rutland County Council 1889 1974
Shropshire County Council 1889 2009
Soke of Peterborough County Council 1889 1965
South Yorkshire County Council 1974 1986
Tyne and Wear County Council 1974 1986
West Midlands County Council 1974 1986
Westmorland County Council 1889 1974
West Riding County Council 1889 1974
West Suffolk County Council 1889 1974
West Yorkshire County Council 1974 1986
Wiltshire County Council 1889 2009
Worcestershire County Council 1889 1974Worcs

Footnotes

See also

Unitary authorities of England

References

  1. ^ Municipal Yearbook. 2009.

Further reading