Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Buckinghamshire

This page summarises the local government organisation of Buckinghamshire since 1889.

  • Buckinghamshire County Council was formed in 1889, and in 1894 a network of boroughs, urban district and rural district councils was formed across the county.
  • Buckinghamshire initially had just two Municipal Boroughs: Buckingham, and Chepping Wycombe (renamed High Wycombe in 1946). There were no county boroughs.
  • From 1894 there were also 5 Urban Districts: Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Chesham, Eton, and Slough Urban Districts. Others were quickly added: Fenny Stratford (1895, but renamed Bletchley in 1911), Great Marlow (1896, but renamed Marlow the following year), Linslade (1897), Newport Pagnell (1897). In 1919 the Stratford & Wolverton Rural District was enlarged and became Stratford & Wolverton Urban District, renamed simply Wolverton UD the following year. Aylesbury became a Municipal Borough in 1917, as did Slough in 1938.
  • There were also 11 Rural District Councils covering the areas outside the major towns. These were: Amersham, Aylesbury, Buckingham, Eton, Hambledon, Long Grendon, Newport Pagnell, Stratford & Wolverton (until it became a UDC in 1919), Wing, Winslow, and Wycombe Rural Districts.
  • In 1934 there was some reorganisation and Hambledon and Long Grendon RDCs were abolished and merged into adjacent districts.
  • In 1965 most of Linslade was transferred to Bedfordshire and Linslade UDC was amalgamated with Leighton Buzzard UDC into a new Leighton-Linslade UDC. (Note that Leighton Buzzard station was always in Linslade.)

    In 1974 major reorganisation saw the urban and rural districts abolished and a 2-tier structure established, with the County Council and 5 Districts: Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, Milton Keynes, South Bucks, and Wycombe. Slough MB, Eton UDC and part of Eton RDC were transferred to Berkshire.

  • In 1997 the Borough of Milton Keynes (which had replaced the former Bletchley, Newport Pagnell and Wolverton UDCs), became a unitary authority.
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