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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

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

Bedfordshire Day – Sun 28th Nov 2021

#BedfordshireDay is celebrated on 28th November, the birthday of John Bunyan (b. Elstow 1628). In celebration we present a Map of Bedfordshire and our portrait of the county. Check out the Friends of Bedfordshire Society (also on Twitter and Facebook) for more information about Bedfordshire … Continue reading

Lancashire Day – 27th November

#LancashireDay is celebrated on 27th November. On this day in 1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as “The Model Parliament”. We present our portrait of the county and a Map … Continue reading

27 November 2021 one response