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Map of the administrative counties in Lincolnshire between 1890 and 1965, showing the three parts and the two separate county boroughs

The three parts of the English county of Lincolnshire are or were divisions of the second-largest county in England. They existed as units of local government until it was reviewed in the 1970s. They were similar in nature to the three ridings of Yorkshire.

The three parts were:

Each of the parts had long had separate county administration (quarter sessions), and each was created a discrete administrative county with its own county council in 1889.

This arrangement lasted until 1974, when the three councils were replaced by a single Lincolnshire County Council, with northern Lindsey going to form part of the new County of Humberside (since abolished and replaced south of the Humber with two unitary authorities).

Although the parts no longer exist as units of local government, they are still recognised as broad geographical areas of Lincolnshire, and their names live on in some of the county's district councils (East and West Lindsey, North and South Kesteven, and South Holland).

Quarter sessionsEdit

Venues for quarter sessions in Lincolnshire in 1846[1]
Epiphany Easter Midsummer Michaelmas
Kesteven Bourn Bourn Bourn Boston
Holland Bourn Bourn Bourn Boston
Lindsey (first division) Kirton in Lindsey Kirton in Lindsey Kirton in Lindsey Kirton in Lindsey
Lindsey (second division) Spilsby Louth Spilsby Louth

In 1906, quarter sessions were held at Lincoln for Lindsey, at Bourn and Sleaford for Kesteven, and at Spalding and Boston for Holland.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales. III. A. Fullarton. 1847. p. 114. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  2. ^ Page, William (1906). The Victoria history of the county of Lincoln. 2. London: Constable. p. 354. Retrieved 4 July 2019.