Historic counties of England

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The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England.[1] They were used for various functions for several hundred years[2] and continue to form the basis of modern local government.[3][4] They are alternatively known as ancient counties[5] and traditional counties.

The counties[change | edit source]

The historic counties are as follows:[6]


  1. Bedfordshire
  2. Berkshire
  3. Buckinghamshire
  4. Cambridgeshire
  5. Cheshire (County of Chester) *
  6. Cornwall
  7. Cumberland
  8. Derbyshire
  9. Devon
  10. Dorset
  11. County Durham *
  12. Essex
  13. Gloucestershire
  14. Hampshire
  15. Herefordshire
  16. Hertfordshire
  17. Huntingdonshire
  18. Kent
  19. Lancashire (County of Lancaster) *
  20. Leicestershire
A map of the historic counties of England
  1. Lincolnshire
  2. Middlesex
  3. Norfolk
  4. Northamptonshire
  5. Northumberland
  6. Nottinghamshire
  7. Oxfordshire
  8. Rutland
  9. Shropshire (County of Salop)
  10. Somerset
  11. Staffordshire
  12. Suffolk
  13. Surrey
  14. Sussex
  15. Warwickshire
  16. Westmorland
  17. Wiltshire
  18. Worcestershire
  19. Yorkshire
* = county palatine | † = also known as the County of Southampton or Southamptonshire | Monmouthshire is not shown

References[change | edit source]

  1. Thomson, D., England in the Nineteenth Century (1815-1914), (1978)
  2. Bryne, T., Local Government in Britain, (1994)
  3. Her Majesty's Stationary Office, Aspects of Britain: Local Government, (1996)
  4. Hampton, W., Local Government and Urban Politics, (1991)
  5. Vision of Britain - Type details for ancient county. Retrieved 19 October 2006.
  6. Vision of Britain - List of subdivisions of England. Retrieved 19 October 2006.

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