Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Nottinghamshire

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

  • Nottinghamshire County Council was formed in 1889, and in 1894 a network of boroughs, urban district and rural district councils was formed across the county.
  • Nottinghamshire had three Municipal Boroughs dating back to 1836 (or before): East Retford, Newark, Nottingham. Nottingham became a County Borough in 1889. Mansfield became a Municipal Borough in 1891, and Worksop in 1931. Beeston & Stapleford, and Sutton-in-Ashfield failed in their bids to become boroughs. Nottingham was created a City in 1897.
  • From 1894 there were also 10 Urban Districts: Arnold, Beeston (Beeston & Stapleford from 1935), Carlton, Hucknall Torkard (Hucknall from 1916), Hucknall under Huthwaite (Huthwaite from 1907), Mansfield Woodhouse, Sutton in Ashfield, Warsop, West Bridgford, and Worksop Urban Districts. Others were subsequently formed for Eastwood and Kirkby in Ashfield (both 1896). Huthwaite was absorbed by Sutton in Ashfield in 1935. Urban Districts had similar powers to Municipal Boroughs but lacked the right to elect mayors or aldermen.
  • There were also 11 Rural District Councils covering the areas outside the major towns, but these had less powers. Initially most were based on the Unions, met at the Workhouse, and had the Guardians serving as councillors. These were: Auckley, Basford, Bingham, Blyth & Buckney (Worksop from 1925), East Retford, Leake*, Misterton*, Newark, Skegby*, Southwell, and Stapleford* Rural Districts. Auckley was abolished in 1895 and absporbed by Doncaster RDC in Yorkshire. Those marked * were abolished in 1935 and absorbed by neighbouring councils.
  • In 1974 major reorganisation saw Nottinghamshire adopt a two-tier local government struture, with a County Council and 8 District Councils: Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, City of Nottingham, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood, and Rushcliffe.
  • In 1998 the City of Nottingham became a unitary authority.
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