City of Winchester

City of Winchester
City of Winchester
—  Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City  —
Winchester Guildhall
Winchester shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Hampshire
Status Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City
Admin HQ Winchester
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 - Type Non-metropolitan district council
 - Body Winchester City Council
 - Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative (council NOC))
 - MPs Steve Brine
 - Total 255.2 sq mi (660.97 km2)
Area rank 59th (of 326)
Population (2010 est.)
 - Total 114,300
 - Rank 188th (of 326)
 - Density 447.9/sq mi (172.9/km2)
 - Ethnicity 97.8% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 24UP
OS grid reference SU485295

Winchester (play /ˈwɪnɨstər/) is a local government district in Hampshire, England, with city status. It covers an area of central Hampshire including the city of Winchester itself, and neighbouring towns and villages including New Alresford, Colden Common and Bishops Waltham.

The current city boundaries were set on 1 April 1974 when the City of Winchester merged with Droxford Rural District and part of Winchester Rural District.

Other than Gosport and Eastleigh, Winchester is the only non Unitary Authority, council District in Hampshire not to border another county and is the only one that neither borders another county nor the coast. The two Unitary Authorities in Hampshire that don't border another county are Portsmouth and Southampton, Portsmouth and Southampton are the only Unitary Authorities in Hampshire.


Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. From 1995 to the 2004 election the Liberal Democrats had a majority on the council, but after 2 years when no party held a majority the 2006 election saw the Conservative party gain control.[1] The elections on 6 May 2010 saw the Liberal Democrats re take control of the council.[2]

The make up of the council as of May 2011 is:[3]

  • Liberal Democrats - 27
  • Conservatives - 27
  • Independent Group - 2
  • Labour - 1

Settlements and parishes

Settlements in the district include:


Coordinates: 51°03′43″N 1°19′01″W / 51.062°N 1.317°W / 51.062; -1.317

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