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Westmorland Day – 29th September

Westmorland Day is celebrated on 29th September. On this day in 1397, Ralph Neville was created the first Earl of Westmorland by Richard II. This date was chosen in a public vote at the Westmorland county show in 2013. Westmorland was one of the last … Continue reading

29 September 2021 start the discussion

County Durham flag competition open for entries

County activist Andy Strangeway is organising a competition to establish a flag for the historic county of County Durham. Further details, are available on Andy’s website: County Durham Flag Competition    The closing date for entries is 18 August 2013, with voting commencing on 23 September. … Continue reading

19 July 2013 10 May 2014 start the discussion

ABC Member’s Tesco Campaign Success

ABC Member Andy Stangeway has met with success in getting Tesco to display the historic boundaries of Yorkshire on their local sourcing map. Writing on the ABC Blog, Andy says: The following news release from Tesco illustrates how Yorkshire’s cultural heritage is being eroded yet most Yorkshire folk are … Continue reading

29 January 2013 10 May 2014 start the discussion

Illustrated Maps of the Historic Counties

ABC Member Brady Ells is producing the hand-illustrated maps  in Sussex. The maps are A2 size and printed in his native Sussex. Currently a Sussex map is available to purchase and a Dorset map is due out soon. Commissions are invited for all 92 UK counties. The … Continue reading

29 January 2013 10 May 2014 start the discussion

Cumberland flag registered by the Flag Institute

The Flag Institute, the national vexillogical organisation, recently added the Cumberland Flag to the national flag register. The design, sponsored by the Historic Counties Trust, was derived from the old County Council coat of arms and has been used as a county symbol for some … Continue reading

19 December 2012 10 May 2014 start the discussion

Beta testing

The beta testing period for the ABC website has now commenced. Please note that some information may be incorrect and/or incomplete. Please visit the current ABC website at for more information. What is ‘beta testing’? Beta testing is the process many websites go through towards the … Continue reading

18 September 2012 10 May 2014 start the discussion

Caernarfonshire Flag Registered.

The Caernarfonshire flag has now been registered. Congratulations to the Caernarfonshire Association and many thanks for their hard work.

12 August 2012 10 May 2014 start the discussion