Very British! ~ Memorable Images 42
Save Oue Shires - Don't say West midlands when you mean Warwickshire!Traditional Counties of Great BritainSave Oue Shires - Don't say West midlands when you mean Warwickshire!
SterlingTimes Homepage *
An act of vandalism in the Heart of England - families who lived for centuries in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Cheshire were one day informed that they were thenceforth resident in previously unheard of areas named, with singulalr infelicity, "West Midlands" and "Greater Manchester".

Under the Royal Mail's Flexible Addresing Policy, the correct traditional County name can now be included in any U.K. postal address. This Directory provides all the data necessary to enable this to happen.

Counties of England, Wales and Scotland prior to the 1974 boundary changes - From GENUKI

Counties of England, Wales and Scotland prior to the 1974 boundary changes

From the Association of British Counties Website

The Association of British Counties (A.B.C.) is a society dedicated to promoting awareness of the continuing existence of the 86 traditional Counties of Britain. A.B.C. believes that the traditional Counties are a vitally important part of the history, culture and geography of Britain. It seeks to re-establish their use as the standard geographical reference frame of Britain and to further develop their use as a basis for cultural, sporting and social activities. A.B.C. is a non-party political and non-sectarian organisation.

Weren't many of the traditional Counties altered or abolished by local government reorganizations in the 1960s and 1970s ?

No, absolutely not. It is a commonly held misconception that the local government changes  of the 1960s and 1970s actually altered the Counties of Britain. In fact they did no such thing. A (brief) history lesson is needed to explain why the Counties weren't altered.

Modern local authority areas were only created in 1889 (in England and Wales) and 1890 (in Scotland). Initially these areas were closely based upon the traditional Counties. However, they were always understood to be separate entities from the Counties themselves and, indeed, had separate terminology: they were labeled "administrative counties" and "county boroughs". Nobody ever confused the local government areas with the historic Counties themselves. After all, the Counties of England had, by 1889, already been in existence for over 800 years (many for centuries longer). Those of Wales and Scotland had also been fixed in name and area for several centuries.

The new county boundaries are solely for the purpose of defining areas of ... local government. They are administrative areas, and will not alter the traditional boundaries of Counties, nor is it intended that the loyalties of people living in them will change."

Forward to Memorable Images 43
Back to Memorable Images 41