of England, Wales and Scotland prior to the 1974
boundary changes - From
From the Association
of British Counties Website
The Association of British
Counties (A.B.C.) is a society dedicated to
promoting awareness of the continuing existence
of the 86 traditional Counties of Britain. A.B.C.
believes that the traditional Counties are a
vitally important part of the history, culture
and geography of Britain. It seeks to
re-establish their use as the standard
geographical reference frame of Britain and to
further develop their use as a basis for
cultural, sporting and social activities. A.B.C.
is a non-party political and non-sectarian
many of the traditional Counties altered or
abolished by local government reorganizations in
the 1960s and 1970s ?
No, absolutely not. It is a
commonly held misconception that the local
government changes of the 1960s and 1970s
actually altered the Counties of Britain. In fact
they did no such thing. A (brief) history lesson
is needed to explain why the Counties weren't
Modern local authority areas
were only created in 1889 (in England and Wales)
and 1890 (in Scotland). Initially these areas
were closely based upon the traditional Counties.
However, they were always understood to be
separate entities from the Counties themselves
and, indeed, had separate terminology: they were
labeled "administrative counties" and
"county boroughs". Nobody ever confused
the local government areas with the historic
Counties themselves. After all, the Counties of
England had, by 1889, already been in existence
for over 800 years (many for centuries longer).
Those of Wales and Scotland had also been fixed
in name and area for several centuries.
The new county boundaries
are solely for the purpose of defining areas of
... local government. They are administrative
areas, and will not alter the traditional
boundaries of Counties, nor is it intended that
the loyalties of people living in them will