The Association of British Counties (ABC) is a society dedicated to promoting awareness of the continuing importance of the 92 historic (or traditional) counties of the United Kingdom.
The ABC believes that the historic counties are an important part of the culture, geography and heritage of The United Kingdom. The ABC contends that Britain needs a fixed popular geography, one divorced from the ever changing names and areas of local government but, instead, one rooted in history, public understanding and commonly held notions of community and identity. The ABC, therefore, seeks to fully re-establish the use of the historic counties as the standard popular geographical reference frame of Britain and to further encourage their use as a basis for social, sporting and cultural activities.
Mark Williams is cycling the historic counties of England with friends from 28 May in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The journey was inspired by Engel’s England – a book about the counties published back in 2014 – and is in memory of Laurie Engel, the … Continue reading
In this series of articles from the archives of This England, we step into Michael Bradford’s vision of Huntingdonshire from the summer of 1993. Local government reform is on the horizon and Huntingdonshire continues to fight for its identity. In 2014, as the prospect of a county flag for Cambridgeshire … Continue reading
ABC member Gwyndaf Parri is a resident of Caernarfonshire but a native of neighbouring Anglesey. In 2012 he was the local man heading the campaign which successfully secured a flag for Caernarfonshire that bore the emblem of three golden eagles against a green background, with … Continue reading