Talk:Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland)

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Before I launch into an edit, I'd better point out what I propose to do

"Urban Districts" no longer exist. The article does point this out, but the introduction should be in the past tense!

The pre-1974 system was as follows

Top Level - County 2nd Level - County Borough (effectively with the same powers as a County)

         - Metropolitan Borough (more limied powers)
         - Urban District (even more limited)
         - Rural District (fewer powers still)

So, an Urban District was an urban area not large enough to merit County Borough or Metropolitan Borough status. Generally they had a population of less than 30,000, though some were much larger. In fact, the division between Metropolitan Boroughs and Urban Districts was based on historical factors (the Metropolitan Boroughs being in general older).


In South Lancashire

- Warrington - County Boroough - Widnes - Metropolitan Borough - Newton-le-Willows - Urban District

I shall say something about the origins of Urban Districts (which arose from Local Boards and Sanitary Districts in the 19th Century)


I think you mean municipal borough rather than metropolitan borough which are something entirely different. G-Man 20:05, 23 May 2005 (UTC)


I imagine the "globalize" flag has arisen because the simple term urban district means a district (world-wide) that is urban. Perhaps it should be moved to "Urban district (British subdivision)", with a disambiguation. But I'm not sure how often people search the phrase looking for any other meaning. . . .LinguisticDemographer 21:31, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

I just wonder why the title was changed in the first place? Surely, if we are talking about Great Britain as having them - and no others are mentioned - then it would have been better to have left the whole three words? I realise that the Council was a meeting, but more often that not the area was regarded as a UDC. But I would accept the term used above but with a capital letter for District, since we don't want to drag in all those others - which will be pretty diffuse in their ways of working anyway: see how many parts of the world are contained in the box!! Peter Shearan (talk) 13:43, 19 February 2008 (UTC)