Entry from British & World English dictionary
A group of country parishes governed by an elected council.
- Gladstone's legislation introduced urban and rural districts, parish councils for villages of over 300 inhabitants, and parish meetings for hamlets.
- The Shire Hall was also the venue for tribunals, inquiries, magistrates courts and county court hearings, inquests and meetings of the county council and the rural district council, mayor makings and other meetings of various kinds.
- I've regretted it ever since from the point of view of the rural district and county councils to which I have to pay money.
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