County of London

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County of London shown within England
Status: administrative county
ceremonial county
HQ: County Hall, Lambeth
Arms of London County Council
Created: 1889
Abolished: 1965
Succeeded by: Greater London
1911: 74,816 acres
1961: 74,903 acres
1901: 4,536,267
1961: 3,200,484

The County of London was an administrative county and ceremonial county of England from 1889 to 1965. It bordered Middlesex to the north and west, Essex to the north-east, Kent to the south-east and Surrey to the south.

It was created as part of the general introduction of county councils and was governed by the London County Council. It did not cover all of today's Greater London, but only the central part. It covered the same area that the Metropolitan Board of Works (which had run London's roads, bridges, etc) had covered, specifically parts of Middlesex, Surrey and Kent - corresponding to today's London Boroughs of Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster.

In addition to being an administrative county with a county council, the Act also provided that "such portion of the administrative county of London as forms part of the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, and Kent, shall [...] be severed from those counties, and form a separate county for all non-administrative purposes by the name of the county of London".

The County of London (in red), super imposed upon today's Greater London area, to show the difference in size with post-1965 Borough boundaries

The county was abolished in 1965 and was replaced by the much larger Greater London, which took in nearly all of Middlesex, along with much of Surrey, Kent, Essex and part of Hertfordshire.

The area of the old County of London is now sometimes known as Inner London. Since the Greater London Council was not an education authority, but London County Council had been, an Inner London Education Authority was constituted to continue this role for the area of the old County of London, and this continued until 1990.

[edit] Metropolitan boroughs

In 1900, eleven years after its foundation, the London Government Act divided the County of London into 28 metropolitan boroughs. These replaced the ancient parish vestries and district boards as the second tier of local government. When the County of London was abolished in 1965 these metropolitan boroughs were merged to form 12 London boroughs.

  1. City of London (not a metropolitan borough)
  1. Westminster
  2. Holborn
  3. Finsbury
  4. Shoreditch
  5. Bethnal Green
  6. Stepney
  7. Bermondsey
  8. Southwark
  9. Camberwell
  10. Deptford
  11. Lewisham
  12. Woolwich
  13. Greenwich
  14. Poplar

  1. Hackney
  2. Stoke Newington
  3. Islington
  4. St Pancras
  5. Hampstead
  6. St Marylebone
  7. Paddington
  8. Kensington
  9. Hammersmith
  10. Fulham
  11. Wandsworth
  12. Lambeth
  13. Battersea
  14. Chelsea

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Local government districts abolished (or transferred †) by the London Government Act 1963

from County of London: Battersea | Bermondsey | Bethnal Green | Camberwell | Chelsea | Deptford | Finsbury | Fulham | Greenwich | Hackney | Hammersmith | Hampstead | Holborn | Islington | Kensington | Lambeth | Lewisham | Paddington | Poplar | Shoreditch | Southwark | St Marylebone | St Pancras | Stepney | Stoke Newington | Wandsworth | Westminster | Woolwich

from Essex: Barking | Chingford | Dagenham | East Ham | Hornchurch | Ilford | Leyton | Romford | Walthamstow | Wanstead and Woodford | West Ham

from Hertfordshire: Barnet | East Barnet | to Hertfordshire: Potters Bar

from Middlesex: Acton | Brentford and Chiswick | Ealing | Edmonton | Enfield | Feltham | Finchley | Friern Barnet | Harrow | Hayes and Harlington | Hendon | Heston and Isleworth | Hornsey | Potters Bar | Ruislip-Northwood | Southall | Southgate | Tottenham | Twickenham | Uxbridge | Wembley | Willesden | Wood Green | Yiewsley and West Drayton

from Kent: Beckenham | Bexley | Bromley | Chislehurst and Sidcup | Crayford | Erith | Orpington | Penge

from Surrey: Barnes | Beddington and Wallington | Carshalton | Coulsdon and Purley | Croydon | Kingston upon Thames | Malden and Coombe | Merton and Morden | Mitcham | Sutton and Cheam | Surbiton | Richmond | Wimbledon | to Surrey: Staines † | Sunbury-on-Thames

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