Towns of the United Kingdom
England, Walesand Northern Ireland, a townis traditionally any settlement which has received a charter of incorporation, more commonly known as a town charter, approved by the monarch. In Scotland, the equivalent is known as a burgh(pronounced /ˈbʌʀə/). There are two types of burgh: royal burghs and burghs of barony.
Local Government Act 1972allows civil parishes in England and Wales to resolve themselves to be Town Councils, under section (245 subsection 6), which also gives the chairman of such parishes the title 'town mayor'. Many former urban districts and municipal boroughs have such a status, along with other settlements with no prior town status.
In more modern times it is often considered that a town becomes a
city(or a villagebecomes a town) as soon as it reaches a certain population, although this is an informal definition and no particular numbers are agreed upon.
The cultural importance placed on charters remains, and it is not an unusual event for towns across the UK to celebrate their charter in an annual Charter Day (normally a
fairor medieval market).
Channel Islandsand the Isle of Manare not part of the United Kingdom, but are included here for convenience.
Lists of towns in the UK
List of towns in England
List of burghs in Scotland
List of towns in Wales
List of towns in Northern Ireland
Towns of the
Isle of Man
Towns of the
St Peter Port
List of towns in the Republic of Ireland
City status in the United Kingdom
List of places in the United Kingdom
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