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The following section includes thematic maps relating to a variety of spatial topics in Lancashire, together with links to articles on the County Profile or service specific areas of the Lancashire county council website. See the Contents Pane to the right of this screen to navigate to brief overview of topics. A download button is also provided to enable a full version of each map to open in a seperate window
Within the broader 14-authority Lancashire area, there are 12 district councils within the Lancashire County Council administrative area, and two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool Councils.
Details of settlements throughout Lancashire may be downloaded below, these are listed alphabetically by local district council.
Local Authorities in Lancashire
Within the broader 14-authority Lancashire area, there are 12 district councils within the Lancashire County Council administrative area, and two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool.
Click here to read more about the different tiers of local authority and their functions.
Additional spatial information is available on MARIO; Maps & Related Information Online
Spatial Context: GB Overview
The Lancashire sub-region is located in the North West of England. The present-day administrative County is smaller than the historic Shire County of Lancashire, as a result of the re-organisation of local authorities in the 1970s and the late 1990s. Administrative areas within the Lancashire sub-region include the 12 district Lancashire County Council area and the two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and Blackpool Council.
Spatial Context: English Regions
Details of regional population: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/taxonomy/index.html?nscl=Population+Projections
Spatial Context: NW Region
Spatial Portrait of Lancashire
Towns and Settlements Location Map
The purpose of this map is to show some of the larger towns and settlements and identify which local district councils they are located in. The spatial data has been taken from an Ordnance Survey digital file. According to this source, there are around 350 settlements in the wider 14-authority area of Lancashire. These are categorised as either City, Town or Village settlements. Population and size is to some extent taken into account however there is a wide diversity of places falling into the village category - some of these are very loosely formed hamlets, whilst others such as Garstang or Silverdale are more compactly structured and have developed to the extent that they are more akin to small urban areas or market towns.
Just 2 of these are classed as cities - Lancaster and Preston.
See also the thematic map of postcode sectors and boundaries for locations of smaller settlements.
Urban and Rural Areas of Lancashire - LSOAs
Urban and Rural Areas of Lancashire - MSOAs
Postcode areas and sector boundaries
Post code areas and sector boundaries are not contiguous with Lancashire local authority boundaries: Liverpool postcodes cover over half of West Lancashire district ; parts of Chorley, Blackburn with Darwen, and Rossendale have Wigan, Bolton or Oldham postcodes. A few areas in Pennine Lancashire are zoned with Bradford and the eastern boundary of the county slightly overlaps the Halifax area but only very small unpopulated upland areas are affected.
More information on purchase uk postcodes and purchase of licenses is available from www.postcodeaddressfile.co.uk/