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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

A Portrait of Cornwall

For St Piran’s Day (5th March) we present our portrait of Cornwall. The Royal Duchy of Cornwall is a maritime county which forms the tip of the south-west peninsula of Great Britain. Cornwall is a county of astounding landscapes and distinct identity. Both coasts provide … Continue reading

Shropshire Day – 23rd February

The first county day of 2021 is Shropshire Day on Tuesday 23rd February, the feast day of St Milburga. Sadly, the covid restrictions will mean this is a lower key affair than usual but there are still many ways to celebrate the charms of this … Continue reading

20 February 2021 2 responses

Caernarfonshire Day – 28th Nov

Caernarfonshire (Sir Gaernarfon) is a maritime county in north Wales. A large proportion of the population is Welsh-speaking. The county may be reckoned to have three distinctive areas: the coastal lands (Arfon and the coast to the River Conwy), Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula. The … Continue reading

Bedfordshire Day 28th Nov

Bedfordshire is an inland county in the south-eastern Midlands of England. The southern end of the county is swept by the chalk ridge of the Chiltern Hills. The rest of the shire is part of the broad drainage basin of the River Great Ouse and … Continue reading

28 November 2020 one response

More “county councils” to go – to the huge benefit of our historic counties

Upcoming local government changes continue the trend which will eventually clear-up the confusion in the public mind between the historic counties and local government – to the huge benefit of both. A core aim of ABC is to see a clear line drawn between the … Continue reading

27 February 2020 10 responses

Shropshire Day – Sun 23rd Feb

Shropshire has the privilege of kicking off the county day season for 2020. Sunday 23rd February 2020 is Shropshire Day, a day to celebrate everything we love about this beautiful shire. And there is much to love. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, … Continue reading

22 February 2020 one response

Gazetteer Gets An Upgrade

We’ve spent the last few months giving the Gazetteer of British Place Names (http://www.gazetteer.org.uk) a major upgrade. We first published the Gazetteer back in 1997 and it quickly became the standard reference work for the geography of Great Britain. Since then it has been hugely … Continue reading

11 February 2020 one response

Westmorland Day – Sunday 29th September 2019

Sunday 29th September is the day to celebrate everything we love about the beautiful historic county of Westmorland. From Kirkby Lonsdale to Newbiggin, from Ambleside to Kirkby Stephen, from the top of Helvellyn to the waters of Windermere, it is a day to celebrate the … Continue reading

28 September 2019 4 responses