Cleveland is an area in the north east of England which had the status of county from 1974, when it was formed from parts of the North Riding of Yorkshire and County Durham. Previous to that it had no separate existence as a local government body.
The Cleveland (Structural Change) Order 1995 and The Cleveland (Further Provision) Order 1995 came into effect in 1996, and renamed Langbaurgh-on-Tees to Redcar and Cleveland, abolished Cleveland, and created new administrative counties of the four districts (as unitary authorities).
The 1974 county of Cleveland took its name from the historical region Cleveland. This region had Guisborough as its regional capital and unlike the 1974 country was located entirely to the south of the River Tees.
Towns and villages