The Advent of Modern Local Government & County Confusion

In 1888, when modern local government was first created, the areas of its ‘administrative counties’ were loosely based on the historic counties.

Local government remained fairly closely based on the historic counties from 1888-1965.

However, numerous local government reforms since then mean that few local authorities now have an area anything like any historic county.

Few local authorities now have an area anything like any historic county, yet ‘county’ and ‘county council’ are still used in local government terminology.

Many councils also use the name of an historic county, despite having a very different area from that county.

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