What is a County?

Map of counties After 40 years of Local Government Reorganization, this is not an easy question to answer, and it has be raised often enough for me to attempt to answer it in this page. This is the way I see it. In England we have:

In Scotland 31 lieutanancies were established in 1975 and revised in 1996, bearing some resemblance to the counties existing pre-1973. There are also 4 cities which have been "Counties of Cities" for centuries, where the Lord Provost is the Lord Lieutenant ex officio.

In Wales for Ceremonial purposes there are eight "preserved counties" which have the same names as the 1974 - 1996 Administrative Counties, but have had their boundaries shifted to align more closely to the unitary councils.

In Northern Ireland the traditional six counties and two cities remain as they were before 1973. Lord Lieutenants and High Sherriffs are appointed for each county.

Thanks to Laurence Jones for the information on Scotland, Wales and NI. More details

THE LIST

England
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
City of London
Cornwall
Cumberland
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
Durham
East Riding of Yorkshire
East Sussex
Essex
Gloucestershire
Greater London
Greater Manchester
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Huntingdonshire
Isle of Wight
Kent
Lancashire
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Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Merseyside
Middlesex
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
North Yorkshire
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Rutland
Shropshire
Somerset
South Yorkshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Tyne & Wear
Warwickshire
West Midlands
West Sussex
West Yorkshire
Westmorland
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
Yorkshire
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Scotland  Wales  Northern Ireland
Aberdeenshire
Angus
Argyll and Bute
Ayrshire and Arran
Banffshire
Berwickshire
Caithness
Clackmannan
Dumfries
Dunbartonshire
East Lothian
Fife
Inverness
Kincardineshire
Lanarkshire
Midlothian
Moray
Nairn
Orkney
Perth and Kinross
Renfrewshire
Ross and Cromarty
Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Shetland
Stirling and Falkirk
Sutherland
Stewartry of Kirkcudbright
Tweeddale
West Lothian
Western Isles
Wigtown
City of Aberdeen
City of Glasgow
City of Dundee
City of Edinburgh
Clwyd
Dyfed
Mid Glamorgan
South Glamorgan
West Glamorgan
Gwent
Gwynedd
Powys
Antrim
Armagh
Down
Fermanagh
Londonderry
Tyrone
City of Belfast
City of Londonderry

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