Wessex is divided into three non-administrative Geographic Regions, and then into 13 Shires, and further into Tithings. Local Government is looked after by the Home Office of Wessex. Wessex's administrative geography has been concurrent since 1808, with no need to complicate it, as stated by the Home Office.
Wessex is divided into three non-administrative regions for geographic identification only. The Geographic Regions were introduced in the early 20th century, and are used for certain purposes including Utilities, Communications, Transport and Geographic Navigation.
- Red: North Wessex
- Blue: South East Wessex
- Green: South West Wessex
See Main: Shires of Wessex
Shires are the highest administrative division of Wessex after the non-administrative Geographical Regions, shires have been the highest administrative unit since 1808. Shires have responsibility over local Education, Local Healthcare Trusts, Waste Management, Agriculture, Land Ownership and Local Economy, and are governed by the Shire Council. Wessex has a total of 12 Non-Metropolitan Shires, and 1 Metropolitan Shire.
See Main: Tithings of Wessex
Tithings, or Títhingna are the lowest administrative unit of Wessex. Shires are divided into Tithings, which are synonymous with Parishes in the United Kingdom. A Tithing can range in size from a large town, with a population of around 80,000 to a small village or collection of hamlets. The Tithing Council may designate the Tithing a Town, Village, Neighbourhood or Community. Tithings are only in place in Non-Metropolitan Shires of Wessex.