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A society dedicated to promoting awareness of the continuing importance of the 92 historic (or traditional) Counties of the United Kingdom.

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Members’ Meetings

The annual Members’ Meeting is a highlight of the ABC calendar. Since their inception in 2011, the meetings have entertained and informed a geographically wide-ranging membership with a selection of talks and discussions.

Every three years our Members’ Meeting takes the form of the Triennial General Meeting, at which Association business is resolved accompanied by a few talks.

Next Meeting

2019 TGM, date and location TBA

Previous Meetings

2016 TGM, Banbury Oxfordshire

2015 Historic Counties Convention (24 October 2015) which was held in York.

2014 Historic Counties Convention (25 October 2014)

  • Peter Aylmer – Influx and uprising: the other side of Essex
  • Matthew Engel – discussed his new book: Engel’s England
  • Graham Bartram – Chief Vexillologist of the Flag Institute – County Flags
  • Edward Keene – The counties and diocesan boundaries

2013 Triennial General Meeting

In 2013, Members were invited to join us for the 2013 Triennial General Meeting on 12 October 2013 in Banbury.

2012 talks and discussions:

2011 talks and discussions

  • Yorkshire Extreme Points Challenge – Andy Strangeway (UK Adventurer –
  • Warwickshire Myths and Legends – Peter Boyce (ABC Chairman)
  • County Identity and its Relation to National Identity – Philip Tibbetts MA
  • Marking the Lancashire / Yorkshire Border – (Yorkshire Ridings Society / Friends of Real Lancs)
  • The Pilgrimage of Grace and its Effect on the Northern Counties – Colin Foster
  • “Countywise” – Michael Garber (Oxfordshire Association)
  • The Counties and the Big Society – Rupert Barnes (ABC Vice-Chairman)
  •  Latest County Flag Registrations and Developments – Various speakers
  • Latest road-sign successes – Various speakers