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Ward History Database

About the Ward History Database

The Ward History Database provides a history of electoral wards/divisions in England and Wales between Census Day 1991 and the end of 2010.

The product was released annually and included information up to the end of December.

The database provided annual ward/division lists for England and Wales displayed at a variety of geographic levels.

It has enabled users to relate end of year wards/divisions to the wards/divisions as at the 1991 Census and, for wards/divisions post 2001, to the wards/divisions as at the 2001 Census.

Other features include:

  • a search facility (by name or code) which can trace the post-1991 history of a ward/division

  • annual lists of wards/divisions affected by physical/non-physical changes (where non-physical changes are changes to names, codes or other structural changes, but where area boundaries remain the same)

  • details of the Statutory Instrument applicable to each change

From 2011 onwards the new GSS Coding and Naming policy for some statistical geographies was implemented.

From this date, where new codes have been allocated they should be used in all exchanges of statistics and published outputs that normally include codes.

This year's version of the Ward History Database (WHD 2010), does not contain the new 9 character coding and will be frozen as at 2010.

The Ward History database will be replaced by the Code History Database (CHD) which can be used in conjunction with the current version of the Ward History Database.

The Code History Database (CHD) provides multiple functionality including details of all codes, relationships, hierarchies and archived data.

The CHD will be used in parallel with the Ward History database, but ultimately it will replace it.

Product details

The Ward History Database is a MS Access 2002 database. MS Access 97 and MS Access 2000 formats are available on request - please contact us.

It is also available in MS Excel, but with reduced functionality.

The Ward History Database User Guide, found in the Downloads section, provides further details on the product.

Availability and cost

The Ward History Database can be downloaded free of charge by clicking on the appropriate link in the Downloads section.

Previous editions of the Ward History Database are available free of charge on CD-ROM in either MS Access format or, without the functionality, as an MS Excel file.

Please contact us for more details.

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