Cities in the United Kingdom

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Cities in the United Kingdom

City status in the United Kingdom is granted by the British monarch to some communities.  Becoming a city is not automatic, but many people think that any town that has a cathedral is a city. This is because Henry VIII built cathedrals in six English towns and also granted made them cities by letters patent. A city council does not have any more powers than a borough or district council. – Definition Source: Wikipedia

Please note that not all cities have no dates in the City Status, this is because the status predates any known historical records.

City Year city status granted
English Cities
Bath1590
Birmingham1889
Bradford1897
Brighton & Hove2000
Bristol1542
Cambridge1951
Canterbury
CarlisleTI
Chelmsford2012
Chester1541
ChichesterTI
Coventry1345
Derby1977
DurhamTI
ElyTI
ExeterTI
Gloucester1541
Hereford1189
Kingston upon Hull1897
Lancaster1937
Leeds1893
Leicester1919
Lichfield1553
LincolnTI
Liverpool1880
City of LondonTI
Manchester1853
Newcastle upon Tyne1882
Norwich1195
Nottingham1897
Oxford1542
Peterborough1541
Plymouth1928
Portsmouth1926
Preston2002
Ripon1836
Salford1926
SalisburyTI
Sheffield1893
Southampton1964
St Albans1877
Stoke-on-Trent1925
Sunderland1992
Truro1877
Wakefield1888
Wells1205
Westminster1540
WinchesterTI
Wolverhampton2000
Worcester1189
YorkTI
Scottish cities
CityCity Status
Aberdeen1891 (royal burgh: 1179)
Dundee1889 (royal burgh: 1191)
Edinburgh1889
Glasgow1492 (royal burgh;
city status has never
been formally granted)
Inverness2000
Perth2012
Stirling2002
Welsh cities
CityCity Status
BangorTI
Cardiff1905
Newport2002
St Asaph2012
St David’s1994
Swansea1969
Northern Irish cities
CityCity Status
Armagh1994
Belfast1888
Londonderry1613
Lisburn2002
Newry2002