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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

Northumberland Day – 30th May 2021

Northumberland Day will be celebrated on Sunday 30th May 2021. In anticipation of the day, we present our Map of Northumberland and our portrait of the county. Northumberland is a maritime county in the far north-east of England. The contrast between the south-east and the … Continue reading

28 May 2021 30 May 2021 2 responses

Kent Day – 26th May

Kent Day is celebrated on 26th May, the feast day of St Augustine. In honour of the day we present our portrait of the county and a Map of Kent. Kent is a maritime county at the south-easternmost point of Great Britain, known as the … Continue reading

23 May 2021 2 responses

Middlesex Day – 16th May

Middlesex Day is celebrated each year on 16th May. This commemorates the actions of the 57th (West Middlesex Regiment) at the battle of Aluera (1811) during the Peninsula War. During the battle, Lieutenant-Colonel William Inglis, despite his injuries, refused to retire from the battle but … Continue reading

Somerset Day – 11th May

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. In antipication of the day, we present our Map of Somerset and our portrait of the county. Somerset is a … Continue reading

Staffordshire Day – 1st May

Saturday 1st May 2021 is Staffordshire Day –  the anniversary of the founding of Josiah Wedgewood and Sons. We present our portrait of the county. Staffordshire is an inland county in the English Midlands. The county provides great contrasts, from the wild moorlands of the … Continue reading

Huntingdonshire Day – 25th April

Sunday April 25th 2021 is Huntingdonshire Day. In celebration we present our portrait of the county. A map of the county can be found at:,-0.224/zoom=11 Huntingdonshire is an inland county between the Midlands and East Anglia. One of the smallest of the counties, Huntingdonshire … Continue reading

Warwickshire Day – 23rd April

Warwickshire has previously had no generally recognised county day, despite there being so much about the county to celebrate. It’s time this omission was rectified. Surely 23rd April is the only candidate, it being the date recognised as the birthday (in 1564) of William Shakespeare, … Continue reading

22 April 2021 one response

County Durham Day – 20th March

County Durham Day is celebrated each 20th March, the date of Saint Cuthbert’s death. In anticipation of the big day, we present our Portrait of County Durham. County Durham is a maritime county in the north-east of England. Known as “the Land of the Prince … Continue reading

15 March 2021 2 responses