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Monmouthshire Day – 25th September

Monmouthshire Day is celebrated on September 25th, the feast day of Saint Cadoc. We present our portrait of the county and a Map of Monmouthshire. Monmouthshire is a maritime county in south-east Wales. Monmouthshire was once the heart of the Kingdom of Gwent, then the … Continue reading

25 September 2021 start the discussion

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

15 September 2021 16 responses

Hampshire Day – July 15th

Hampshire Day is celebrated on 15th July, the feast day of St Swithin, an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester. In celebration we present our portrait of the county along with our Map of Hampshire. Hampshire is a maritime county of the south coast of England. A … Continue reading

More “county councils” to go – to the huge benefit of our historic counties

Upcoming local government changes continue the trend which will eventually clear-up the confusion in the public mind between the historic counties and local government – to the huge benefit of both. A core aim of ABC is to see a clear line drawn between the … Continue reading

27 February 2020 10 responses

Shropshire Day – Sun 23rd Feb

Shropshire has the privilege of kicking off the county day season for 2020. Sunday 23rd February 2020 is Shropshire Day, a day to celebrate everything we love about this beautiful shire. And there is much to love. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, … Continue reading

22 February 2020 one response

Hampshire Day – 15th July

15th July 2019 will see the first celebration of Hampshire Day.  The day will provide an annual opportunity for people across the county to share in celebrating Hampshire’s rich history, traditions, and culture. The date has been chosen since it is the feast day of St Swithun – … Continue reading

Suffolk Day – June 21st 2019

Suffolk Day is the annual celebration of all things Suffolk, with a variety of events being held across the county to show off everything Suffolk has to offer! Full details of events can be found at Suffolk Day Big Weekender . According to the Suffolk Day Proclamation … Continue reading

Sussex Day – Sunday 16th June 2019

This Sunday is Sussex Day, a day to celebrate everything we love about Sussex. Details of the many events taking place across the county, both on Saturday 15th and on Sunday 16th, can be found on the wonderful  Sussex Flag  Facebook page.   The event takes place … Continue reading

Middlesex Heritage

Our Middlesaxon brigade, led as ever by the indomitable Russell Grant, has been very active lately. They have launched a new Facebook group Middlesex Heritage   as a meeting place for all those involved in the many social, cultural and sporting organisations of the county and for … Continue reading

11 June 2019 4 responses

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 10 responses