Civil Parishes In England
In England, a civil parish is a territorial designation and, where they are found, the lowest tier of local government below districts and counties. It is an administrative parish, in comparison to an ecclesiastical parish.
A civil parish can alternatively be known as a town, village, neighbourhood or community by resolution of its parish council; and in a limited number of cases, has city status granted by the monarch. They cover only part of England, corresponding to 35% of the population.
There are currently no civil parishes in Greater London and before 2008 their creation was not permitted within a London borough.
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