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Huntingdonshire Day – 25th April

Sunday April 25th 2021 is Huntingdonshire Day. In celebration we present our portrait of the county. A map of the county can be found at: http://www.gazetteer.org.uk/map/#Huntingdonshire/centre=52.372,-0.224/zoom=11 Huntingdonshire is an inland county between the Midlands and East Anglia. One of the smallest of the counties, Huntingdonshire … Continue reading

Warwickshire Day – 23rd April

Warwickshire has previously had no generally recognised county day, despite there being so much about the county to celebrate. It’s time this omission was rectified. Surely 23rd April is the only candidate, it being the date recognised as the birthday (in 1564) of William Shakespeare, … Continue reading

22 April 2021 one response

County Durham Day – 20th March

County Durham Day is celebrated each 20th March, the date of Saint Cuthbert’s death. In anticipation of the big day, we present our Portrait of County Durham. County Durham is a maritime county in the north-east of England. Known as “the Land of the Prince … Continue reading

15 March 2021 2 responses

A Portrait of Cornwall

For St Piran’s Day (5th March) we present our portrait of Cornwall. The Royal Duchy of Cornwall is a maritime county which forms the tip of the south-west peninsula of Great Britain. Cornwall is a county of astounding landscapes and distinct identity. Both coasts provide … Continue reading

Shropshire Day – 23rd February

The first county day of 2021 is Shropshire Day on Tuesday 23rd February, the feast day of St Milburga. Sadly, the covid restrictions will mean this is a lower key affair than usual but there are still many ways to celebrate the charms of this … Continue reading

20 February 2021 2 responses

Local government naming that respects the historic counties

The Association of British Counties (ABC) promotes the importance of the historic counties of the UK to our history, heritage and culture. The biggest challenge facing the identities of the historic counties in England is the continued confusion of the historic counties with local government … Continue reading

26 January 2021 24 May 2021 15 responses

Leicestershire Flag Competition – Time to Press ‘Pause’

Leicestershire is the only historic county of England which does not yet have a flag registered with the Flag Institute. We were delighted, therefore, when BBC Radio Leicester agreed to run a Flag of Leicestershire competition, endorsed by the Flag Institute, to select a flag … Continue reading

Caernarfonshire Day – 28th Nov

Caernarfonshire (Sir Gaernarfon) is a maritime county in north Wales. A large proportion of the population is Welsh-speaking. The county may be reckoned to have three distinctive areas: the coastal lands (Arfon and the coast to the River Conwy), Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula. The … Continue reading

Bedfordshire Day 28th Nov

Bedfordshire is an inland county in the south-eastern Midlands of England. The southern end of the county is swept by the chalk ridge of the Chiltern Hills. The rest of the shire is part of the broad drainage basin of the River Great Ouse and … Continue reading

28 November 2020 one response

Westmorland Day 2020

Both Westmorland Dales Day and the Westmorland County Show had to be cancelled in 2020. All the more reason to celebrate this year’s Westmorland Day on Tuesday 29th September 2020. On this day in 1397, Ralph Neville was created the first Earl of Westmorland by … Continue reading

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