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Historic counties

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Wikipedia has more about this subject: Historic counties of England

The map and list above are those counties that evolved over many hundreds of years and were in active use until 1889. Also know as the ancient counties.

Abbreviations (Champman codes)

For a list of England pre-1974 counties and their standard abbreviations see the articles County Abbreviations and Chapman Code, created by Dr. Colin Chapman, or go to GENUKI.

Ceremonial counties

Sometimes known as Geographic, these were introduced in 1974 primarily as a way to define areas for county councils. These are probably what most people in England would recognise as counties today.

Administrative counties

Introduced in 1889, with subsequent changes in 1965, 1974, and 1997, and now also known as district/unitary authorities, these are the modern 'counties' in use by the government.


 

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