County Borough of Preston

County Borough of Preston

Coordinates: 53°45′29″N 2°42′11″W / 53.758°N 2.703°W / 53.758; -2.703

Status Municipal borough (1835—1889)
County borough (1889—1974)
Origin Ancient borough
Created 1835
Abolished 1974
Succeeded by Borough of Preston

Preston was a local government district coterminate with the town of Preston in Lancashire, northwest England from 1835 to 1974.

Preston was one of only a few industrial towns in Lancashire to have a functioning corporation in 1835, its charter dating to 1685, and was reformed as a municipal borough by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835.

Under the Local Government Act 1888 it became a county borough. As part of the terms of any county borough in England, it was decided that to let the then Lancashire County Council have authority over Preston would be impractical due to its large size, population and industry, and so the district was independent from the administrative county of Lancashire it would otherwise have been part of.

The county borough was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 and its territory transferred to Lancashire to be combined with Fulwood Urban District and part of Preston Rural District, becoming the new non-metropolitan district of the Borough of Preston.


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