Place:Avon, England

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NameAvon
Alt namesCounty of Avonsource: Wikipedia
TypeModern county
Located inEngland     (1974 - 1996)
See alsoGloucestershire, Englandcounty which transferred lands into Avon 1974 and received them back 1996
Somerset, Englandcounty which transferred lands into Avon 1974 and received them back 1996
Bristol, Englandcity at the heart of Avon which became a unitary authority on Avon's demise in 1996
Contained Places
Borough (county)
Bath ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bristol ( 1974 - 1996 )
Borough (municipal)
Weston super Mare ( 1974 - 1996 )
Civil parish
Almondsbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Alveston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Badminton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Batheaston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bathford ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bathwick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bitton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Brockley ( 1974 - 1996 )
Burrington ( 1974 - 1996 )
Cameley ( 1974 - 1996 )
Chew Magna ( 1974 - 1996 )
Chew Stoke ( 1974 - 1996 )
Clapton in Gordano ( 1974 - 1996 )
Clutton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Compton Martin ( 1974 - 1996 )
Corston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Doynton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Dundry ( 1974 - 1996 )
Elberton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Filton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Frampton Cotterell ( 1974 - 1996 )
Freshford ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hanham Abbots ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hanham ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hawkesbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
High Littleton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hill ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hinton Blewett ( 1974 - 1996 )
Horton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Kelston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Kingston Seymour ( 1974 - 1996 )
Littleton upon Severn ( 1974 - 1996 )
Lyncombe and Widcombe ( 1974 - 1996 )
Mangotsfield Rural ( 1974 - 1996 )
Marshfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Monkton Combe ( 1974 - 1996 )
Newton St. Loe ( 1974 - 1996 )
North Stoke ( 1974 - 1996 )
North Widcombe ( 1974 - 1996 )
Norton Hawkfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Norton Malreward ( 1974 - 1996 )
Old Sodbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Oldbury-on-Severn ( 1974 - 1996 )
Oldland ( 1974 - 1996 )
Olveston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Paulton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pilning and Severn Beach ( 1974 - 1996 )
Portishead ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pucklechurch ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rangeworthy ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rockhampton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Sodbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
South Stoke ( 1974 - 1996 )
St. Catherine ( 1974 - 1996 )
Stoke Gifford ( 1974 - 1996 )
Stowey ( 1974 - 1996 )
Swainswick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Thornbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Timsbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tortworth ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tytherington ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ubley ( 1974 - 1996 )
Walcot ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wapley-cum-Codrington ( 1974 - 1996 )
West Harptree ( 1974 - 1996 )
West Littleton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Westerleigh ( 1974 - 1996 )
Weston super Mare ( 1974 - 1996 )
Weston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wick St. Lawrence ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wick and Abson ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wickwar ( 1974 - 1996 )
Winterbourne ( 1974 - 1996 )
Woolley ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wrington ( 1974 - 1996 )
Yate ( 1974 - 1996 )
District
Northavon District ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wansdyke District ( 1974 - 1996 )
Woodspring District ( 1974 - 1996 )
District municipality
Kingswood Borough ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hamlet
Norton Hawkfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Redwick and Northwick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tortworth ( 1974 - 1996 )
West Littleton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Inhabited place
Acton Turville ( 1974 - 1996 )
Almondsbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Alveston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Aust ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bagstone ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bath ( 1974 - 1996 )
Batheaston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bristol ( 1974 - 1996 )
Charfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Chipping Sodbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Clapton in Gordano ( 1974 - 1996 )
Cold Ashton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Dodington ( 1974 - 1996 )
Elberton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Fishponds ( 1974 - 1996 )
Frampton Cotterell ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hanham ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hill ( 1974 - 1996 )
Horfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Horton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Iron Acton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Langridge ( 1974 - 1996 )
Little Sodbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Mangotsfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Marshfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Midford ( 1974 - 1996 )
Newton St. Loe ( 1974 - 1996 )
Old Sodbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Oldbury-on-Severn ( 1974 - 1996 )
Olveston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Patchway ( 1974 - 1996 )
Paulton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Portishead ( 1974 - 1996 )
Pucklechurch ( 1974 - 1996 )
Redland ( 1974 - 1996 )
Rockhampton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Shirehampton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Siston ( 1974 - 1996 )
St. Catherine ( 1974 - 1996 )
Stoke Bishop ( 1974 - 1996 )
Stoke Gifford ( 1974 - 1996 )
Thornbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tormarton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Tytherington ( 1974 - 1996 )
Westbury on Trym ( 1974 - 1996 )
Westerleigh ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wickwar ( 1974 - 1996 )
Winterbourne ( 1974 - 1996 )
Parish
Dyrham and Hinton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Henbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Westbury on Trym ( 1974 - 1996 )
Parish (ancient)
Bathford ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bathwick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Brockley ( 1974 - 1996 )
Cameley ( 1974 - 1996 )
Chew Magna ( 1974 - 1996 )
Chew Stoke ( 1974 - 1996 )
Clutton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Compton Martin ( 1974 - 1996 )
Corston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Filton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Freshford ( 1974 - 1996 )
High Littleton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Hinton Blewett ( 1974 - 1996 )
Kelston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Kingston Seymour ( 1974 - 1996 )
Littleton upon Severn ( 1974 - 1996 )
Lyncombe and Widcombe ( 1974 - 1996 )
Monkton Combe ( 1974 - 1996 )
North Stoke ( 1974 - 1996 )
Norton Malreward ( 1974 - 1996 )
South Stoke ( 1974 - 1996 )
Stowey ( 1974 - 1996 )
Swainswick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Timsbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Ubley ( 1974 - 1996 )
Walcot ( 1974 - 1996 )
West Harptree ( 1974 - 1996 )
Weston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Woolley ( 1974 - 1996 )
Wrington ( 1974 - 1996 )
Registration district
Bath Registration District
Bath Registration District ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bristol Avon Registration District ( 1974 - 1996 )
Sodbury Registration District
Thornbury Registration District ( 1974 - 1981 )
Suburb
Avonmouth ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bathwick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bishopston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Bristol St. George ( 1974 - 1996 )
Clifton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Fishponds ( 1974 - 1996 )
Henbury ( 1974 - 1996 )
Henleaze ( 1974 - 1996 )
Horfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Redland ( 1974 - 1996 )
Shirehampton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Stapleton ( 1974 - 1996 )
Westbury on Trym ( 1974 - 1996 )
Weston ( 1974 - 1996 )
Yate ( 1974 - 1996 )
Township
Rangeworthy ( 1974 - 1996 )
Redwick and Northwick ( 1974 - 1996 )
Unitary authority
Bristol ( 1974 - 1996 )
Urban district
Bristol St. George ( 1974 - 1996 )
Horfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Kingswood (near Bristol) ( 1974 - 1996 )
Mangotsfield ( 1974 - 1996 )
Portishead ( 1974 - 1996 )
Stapleton ( 1974 - 1996 )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Avon was, from 1974 to 1996, a non-metropolitan and ceremonial county in the west of England.

The county was named after the River Avon, which runs through the area. It was formed from parts of the historic counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset, together with the City of Bristol. After a short life, in 1996, the county was abolished. Save for Bristol which no longer has any dependence on a county, the area was returned to its former counties albeit with different governmental structures.

As a name Avon is still used for some purposes. The area had a population of approximately 1.08 million people in 2009.

The county came into formal existence on 1 April 1974 when the Local Government Act 1972 came into effect. The new county (see Wikipedia for a map) consisted of the areas of:

  • Part of the Administrative County of Somerset:

The county was divided into six districts:

Bristol and Bath had identical boundaries to the former county boroughs.

To the north the county bordered Gloucestershire, to the east Wiltshire and to the south Somerset. In the west it had a coast on the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel.

Demise

Avon was one of the counties in the "first tranche" of reviews conducted by the Banham Commission in the 1990s. The Commission recommended that it and its districts be abolished and replaced with four unitary authorities. The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995 was debated in the House of Commons on 22 February 1995. The Order came into effect on 1 April 1996. The four authorities that replaced Avon are:

For ceremonial purposes, the post of Lord Lieutenant of Avon was abolished and Bristol regained its own Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff, while the other authorities were returned to their traditional counties. Suggestions to alter Bristol's boundaries (either by drawing new boundaries or by merely incorporating the mostly urbanised borough of Kingswood into it) were rejected.

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