Administrative counties of England

Administrative counties were subnational divisions of England used for local government from 1889 to 1974. They were created by the Local Government Act 1888, which established an elected county council for each area. Some geographically large historic counties were divided into several administrative counties, each with its own county council. The administrative counties operated until 1974, when they were replaced by a system of metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties under the Local Government Act 1972.

Administrative county (England)
The administrative counties as they were when abolished in 1974
CategoryAdministrative county
Found inCounty
Created byLocal Government Act 1888
  • 1889
Abolished by
  • 1974
Populations25,000–4.2 million
  • County council