List of county councils in England

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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.



Local authorityEstablishedDistrict councilsWebsiteHeadquarters
Cambridgeshire County Council 1974 Cambs 5 Official website New Shire Hall, Alconbury Weald
Cumbria County Council 19746 Official website Cumbria House, Carlisle
Derbyshire County Council 18898 Official website County Hall, Matlock
Devon County Council 18898 Official website County Hall, Exeter
East Sussex County Council 18895 Official website County Hall, Lewes
Essex County Council 188912 Official website County Hall, Chelmsford
Gloucestershire County Council 18896 Official website Shire Hall, Gloucester
Hampshire County Council 188911 Official website Castle Hill, Winchester
Hertfordshire County Council 188910 Official website County Hall, Hertford
Kent County Council 188912 Official website County Hall, Maidstone
Lancashire County Council 188912 Official website County Hall, Preston
Leicestershire County Council 18897 Official website County Hall, Glenfield
Lincolnshire County Council 19747 Official website County Offices, Lincoln
Norfolk County Council 18897 Official website County Hall, Norwich
North Yorkshire County Council 19747 Official website County Hall, Northallerton
Nottinghamshire County Council 18897 Official website County Hall, West Bridgford
Oxfordshire County Council 18895 Official website County Hall, Oxford
Somerset County Council 18894 Official website County Hall, Taunton
Staffordshire County Council 18898 Official website County Buildings, Stafford
Suffolk County Council 19745 Official website Endeavour House, Ipswich
Surrey County Council 188911 Official website Woodhatch Place, Reigate
Warwickshire County Council 18895 Official website Shire Hall, Warwick
West Sussex County Council 18897 Official website County Hall, Chichester
Worcestershire County Council 1998 Worcs 6 Official website County Hall, Worcester


Local authorityEstablishedAbolished
Avon County Council 19741996
Bedfordshire County Council 18892009
Berkshire County Council 18891998
Buckinghamshire County Council 18892020
Cambridgeshire County Council 18891965 Cambs
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely County Council 19651974
Cheshire County Council 18892009
Cleveland County Council 19741996
Cornwall County Council 18892009
Cumberland County Council 18891974
Dorset County Council 18892019
Durham County Council 18892009
East Riding County Council 18891974
East Suffolk County Council 18891974
Greater Manchester County Council 19741986
Hereford and Worcester County Council 19741998
Herefordshire County Council 18891974
Holland County Council 18891974
Humberside County Council 19741996
Huntingdon and Peterborough County Council 19651974
Huntingdonshire County Council 18891965
Isle of Ely County Council 18891965
Isle of Wight County Council 18901995
Kesteven County Council 18891974
Lindsey County Council 18891974
London County Council 18891965
Merseyside County Council 19741986
Middlesex County Council 18891965
Monmouthshire County Council 18891974 Mon
North Riding County Council 18891974
Northamptonshire County Council 18892021
Northumberland County Council 18891974
Rutland County Council 18891974
Shropshire County Council 18892009
Soke of Peterborough County Council 18891965
South Yorkshire County Council 19741986
Tyne and Wear County Council 19741986
West Midlands County Council 19741986
Westmorland County Council 18891974
West Riding County Council 18891974
West Suffolk County Council 18891974
West Yorkshire County Council 19741986
Wiltshire County Council 18892009
Worcestershire County Council 18891974 Worcs


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