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A society dedicated to celebrating and promoting the 92 historic counties of the United Kingdom and the important part they play in our culture, heritage and geography.


Press Packs

ABC Press Pack coverAn Introduction to the Association of British Counties

An overview about the Association of British Counties including:

We promote the Historic Counties
Our vision for the Historic Counties
What we do
Who we are
Where we are

A guide to the historic counties for the Press and Media coverA guide to the historic counties for the Press and Media

The historic counties continue to form part of the vital tapestry on which British life has grown up over the generations. They are invested with the very essence of our culture, history and national mythology, and their disappearance from modern maps has given birth to a modern myth: that they were abolished in local government changes of the 1960s and 1970s. This guide brings clarity to why there is so much confusion, explains what the historic counties actually are, and how you can use them.

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