List of the most populous civil parishes in England

This is a list of the most populous civil parishes in England.[1] It includes all civil parishes with populations over 30,000, representing less than 1% of all civil parishes but almost 3% of the population.

Lichfield, Hereford and Salisbury are in addition to being some of the most populous civil parishes in England, among the smallest cities.

Many large parishes have been created during the 21st century, due in part to new procedures making their creation easier, and also the ongoing creation of large unitary authorities, which has led to the desire to retain a more local tier of government.

In 2020, Northampton became the largest civil parish in England, due to local government reorganisation which saw it become part of the larger West Northamptonshire unitary authority.[2]

Rank Parish Local authority Population Status Parish created Council
1NorthamptonWest Northamptonshire130,000[3]Town2020Northampton Town Council
2Sutton ColdfieldBirmingham95,107Town2015Sutton Coldfield Town Council
3Weston-super-MareNorth Somerset80,162Town2000Weston-super-Mare Town Council
4CreweCheshire East71,722Town2009Crewe Town Council
5ShrewsburyShropshire67,228Town2009Shrewsbury Town Council
6AylesburyBuckinghamshire57,285TownAylesbury Town Council
7LowestoftEast Suffolk56,932Town2017Lowestoft Town Council
8KidderminsterWyre Forest55,530Town2015Kidderminster Town Council
9KeighleyBradford55,133Town2002Keighley Town Council
10BracknellBracknell Forest54,265Town1955Bracknell Town Council
10WeymouthDorset53,000Town2019Weymouth Town Council
11MacclesfieldCheshire East52,044Town2009Macclesfield Town Council
12HerefordHerefordshire50,537City2000Hereford City Council
13Royal Leamington SpaWarwick49,563Town2002Royal Leamington Spa Town Council
14BanburyCherwell45,052Town2000Banbury Town Council
15FolkestoneFolkestone and Hythe42,058Town2004Folkestone Town Council
16SalisburyWiltshire39,896City2009Salisbury City Council
17RamsgateThanet39,858Town2009Ramsgate Town Council
18FarnhamWaverley39,167Town1984Farnham Town Council
19Canvey IslandCastle Point38,941Town2007Canvey Island Town Council
20HatfieldWelwyn Hatfield38,600TownHatfield Town Council
21Bishop's StortfordEast Hertfordshire37,873Town1974Bishop's Stortford Town Council
22Bury St EdmundsWest Suffolk37,854Town2003Bury St Edmunds Town Council
23Elstree and BorehamwoodHertsmere37,084Town1894Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council
24Leighton–LinsladeCentral Bedfordshire37,081Town1974Leighton-Linslade Town Council
25AndoverTest Valley36,977Town2010Andover Town Council
26MorecambeLancaster36,530Town2009Morecambe Town Council
27BillinghamStockton-on-Tees36,424Town2007Billigham Town Council
28BlythNorthumberland36,379TownBlyth Town Council
29BridlingtonEast Riding of Yorkshire36,324TownBridlington Town Council
30BridgwaterSedgemoor35,625Town2003Bridgwater Town Council
31ChippenhamWiltshire35,155TownChippenham Town Council
32DunstableCentral Bedfordshire35,068Town1985Dunstable Town Council
33ExmouthEast Devon34,441TownExmouth Town Council
34EarleyWokingham33,755Town1974Earley Town Council
35EcclesfieldSheffield32,903ParishEcclesfield Parish Council
36Abingdon-on-ThamesVale of White Horse32,183Town1974Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council
37RayleighRochford31,982TownRayleigh Town Council
38MorleyLeeds31,832Town2000Morley Town Council
39StanleyCounty Durham31,673Town2007Stanley Town Council
40TrowbridgeWiltshire31,392Town1974Trowbridge Town Council
41LoughtonEpping Forest31,218Town1996Loughton Town Council
42NewburyWest Berkshire31,200Town1997Newbury Town Council
43LichfieldLichfield31,068CityLichfield City Council
44WinsfordCheshire West and Chester31,038Town1974Winsford Town Council
45BicesterCherwell30,474Town1974Bicester Town Council

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