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Clearing the confusion between the counties and local government

ABC Chairman Peter Boyce argues that upcoming changes to local government in England continue the trend which will eventually clear-up the confusion in the public mind between local government and the historic counties – to the huge benefit of both. The purpose of ABC is … Continue reading

23 March 2019 9 responses

Berkshire’s new flag unveiled at official ceremony.

The new county flag of Berkshire was revealed at a ceremony conducted at the Berkshire County Show, Newbury, held on September 17th 2017 and attended by the county’s Lord Lieutenant James Puxley, whose sanction had secured the flag’s registration and High Sheriff, Sarah Scrope. ABC … Continue reading

7 October 2017 9 October 2017 one response


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

8 September 2014 28 February 2016 start the discussion

Anglesey Flag – the story so-far

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

25 June 2014 28 February 2016 start the discussion

ABC appears in Science Fiction novel!

Author, and ABC Member Robert Gibson wrote to us to say that his latest book, Valeddom – Mercury Awaits, mentions the Association. He describes the books as a ‘whimsical story with a serious point’: “Valeddom – Mercury Awaits is an science fiction planetary adventure aimed … Continue reading

16 June 2013 10 May 2014 start the discussion

Yorkshire and its Boundaries

How do you communicate the difference between Yorkshire and the many other understandings which administrative shuffling have created? Cue – the Association of British Counties map of Yorkshire – a unique map which shows the historic County of Yorkshire and its three Ridings, together with the current (2013) areas for … Continue reading

26 April 2013 23 October 2016 27 responses

Flying the flag: the county flag movement gains pace

The County Flag movement has been active for some time, however it is perhaps within the last five years that the greatest advances have been seen. The Association of British Counties hopes to develop and promote this interest in not only the flags, but the … Continue reading

14 February 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

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