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Humberside, English County (1974-1996)

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Humberside: English County between 1974 and 1996


People who had connections to Humberside between 1974 and 1996 can be linked to this project.

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See Counties of England, United Kingdom

Because of the changes to Counties in England in 1974 and 1996 it can be very confusing to know in which county to place our English ancestors. The purpose of this project is to clarify things regarding Humberside, with links to further projects covering other areas in the area affected by the changes. Essentially the location is governed by the dates your ancestors lived. Pre 1974 you need to look at the historic counties of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire


  • Area
  • 1974 867,755 acres (3,511.68 km2)
    * Population
  • 1973 847,230
  • 1981 843,280
  • 1991 858,040

Humberside was a non-metropolitan and ceremonial county in Northern England created under the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974. composed of land from either side of the Humber Estuary, created from portions of the East and West ridings of Yorkshire and parts of Lindsey, Lincolnshire.

Humberside bordered North Yorkshire to the north and west, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire to the south-west, and Lincolnshire to the south. It faced east towards the North Sea.

1974 - The county was divided into nine non-metropolitan districts:

// Districts

  1. North Wolds, renamed East Yorkshire in 1981
  2. Holderness
  3. Kingston upon Hull
  4. Beverley, renamed East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley in 1981
  5. Boothferry
  6. Scunthorpe
  7. Glanford
  8. Grimsby, renamed Great Grimsby in 1979
  9. Cleethorpes

1976 - Humberside was abolished on 1 April 1996, with four unitary authorities being formed:

  • North Lincolnshire, - Glanford, Scunthorpe and southern Boothferry
  • North East Lincolnshire, Great Grimsby, Cleethorpes
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • East Riding of Yorkshire. Beverley, East Yorkshire, Holderness, and northern Boothferry

The name has continued in use as a geographical term, mainly in the media, and in the names of institutions such as Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. These institutions did not change their names mainly due to costs.

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