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Middlesex Day 16th May 2022

Middlesex Day is celebrated each year on 16th May. Middlesex Day, as with most county day celebrations, has been growing in popularity year on year. 2022 has unquestionably been the biggest event yet with even the Prime Minister (MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip) joining … Continue reading

Somerset Day 2022

Somerset Day is celebrated on May 11th, commemorating the gathering of his people by King Alfred to battle and defeat the Danes in May 878. You can read our Portrait of Somerset to get a flavour of the many delights that Somerset has to offer. … Continue reading

Surrey Day – 7th May 2022

Surrey Day in 2022 is being celebrated on Saturday 7th May. In celebration we present below our Portrait of Surrey and a Map of Surrey. Whereas most county days have a fixed date, usually reflecting an important date in that county’s history, Surrey Day is … Continue reading

1st May – Staffordshire Day

The first day of May is not only May Day but is also Staffordshire Day –  the anniversary of the founding of Josiah Wedgewood and Sons. We present our portrait of the county and our Map of Staffordshire. Staffordshire is an inland county in the … Continue reading

Cumbria County Council 1974-2023 R.I.P.

The axing of Cumbria County Council has passed its last legal hurdle. The Cumbria (Structural Changes) Order 2022 received Royal Assent on 18th March 2022. On 1st April 2023 Cumbria County Council and the district councils in its area will be abolished and replaced by … Continue reading

21 March 2022 8 responses

A portrait of Brecknockshire

In celebration of St David’s Day we present our portrait of Brecknockshire and a Map of Brecknockshire. Brecknockshire (Sir Frycheiniog), also known as Breconshire, is an inland county in Mid-Wales. The county is predominantly rural and mountainous. The county’s most important industries are agriculture, forestry … Continue reading

Shropshire Day – Weds 23rd Feb 2022

The first county day of 2022 is Shropshire Day on Wednesday 23rd February, the feast day of St Milburga. Shropshire has been described as possessing every variety of natural charm: the bold and lofty mountain, the woody and secluded valley, the fertile and widely-cultured plain, … Continue reading

A tale of three Somersets

Among the many outrages of the Local Government Act 1972 was the naming of “Somerset County Council”. Whilst this local authority does cover a large part of the historic county of Somerset, it does not cover the highly populated north of the county. Nonetheless, for … Continue reading

1 February 2022 one response

Boost for the historic counties – ‘Cumbria’ is axed!

Moves towards unitary local government in England provide the perfect opportunity to clear up the longstanding confusion between the historic counties and local government, to the advantage of both. Is this opportunity going to be grasped? The latest news about local government changes in the … Continue reading

26 January 2022 36 responses

Caernarfonshire Day – Sun 28th Nov 2021

Caernarfonshire Day is celebrated on 28th November, the date of death of Owain ap Gruffudd (1100 – 1170). In celebration we present a Map of Caernarfonshire and our portrait of the county. Caernarfonshire (Sir Gaernarfon) is a maritime county in north Wales. A large proportion … Continue reading