Here we considers the local government situation in five areas likely to be among the first to be reviewed and discuss the need for a more sensitive naming of the successor authorities. • All new unitary local government areas should be referred to as ‘local authority areas’ or ‘council areas’ rather than as ‘counties’. If all the remaining two-tier areas are to be replaced by unitary local government then the term ‘county’ can be removed from local government legislation altogether. A society dedicated to promoting awareness of the continuing importance of the 92 historic Counties of the United Kingdom.
County Watch secretary Tony Bennett said Britain’s historic county and shire boundaries should be retained. A RADICAL protest group has taken drastic action to ensure Westmorland becomes officially recognised as a historic county. The counties predate any transient lines drawn for convenience or administration and predate the kingdom itself, rooted in history and cultural identity, so that the ancient counties are of the people not of the state. Statutes on administration have respectfully left the ancient counties alone. This pattern of the counties brought down to us through the centuries then is the pattern around which the nation has grown and grown great, and worthy of celebration.
Administrative restructuring by previous governments has sought to suppress and undermine such local identities. Today, on St George’s Day, we commemorate our patron saint and formally acknowledge the continuing role of our traditional counties in England’s public and cultural life. Previously, many parts of Whitehall and municipal officialdom have shunned these counties, many of which date back over a thousand years of English history.
Some of the bedrooms at the Inn on the Square have views of the Lakeland Fells, Skiddaw and Borrowdale. Situated in the unspoilt Western Lake District, the Old Ginn House Inn has been successfully converted from a 17th century farm into a charming hostelry full of character and modern facilities, built around an appealing courtyard. The feature bar is the Ginn Room itself, after which the Inn has been named.
Hadrian’s Wall is the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain. It stretches seventy-three miles from Wallsend near Newcastle, across the neck of England to the Solway in North West Cumbria, and stands today as a reminder of the past glories of one of the world’s greatest empires. The The Settle-Carlisle Railway was the last great mainline railway to be built in this country. Consisting of 72 miles of track with 17 major viaducts spanning the ravines and 14 tunnels. it was completed for passenger travel in 1876, and advertised as the most picturesque route to Scotland from England. Despite threats of closure, it has now been given a new lease of life, with much improvement work being done, and some of the closed stations re-opened and renovated.
Older than cathedrals, more historic than stately homes, county names like Lincolnshire, Cornwall, Middlesex are basic to our life. They are an indelible part of our history and important cultural entities. Fenland is a term applied to an area of low-lying, very flat land (some of it below sea-level) in eastern England. A fen is an alkaline marsh, distinguishing it from a bog, which is always acidic. Although nearly all of it is now drained and is a very fertile agricultural area, historically it was a place of marshes extending as far as the eye could see and well beyond. The counties parts of which comprise it are almost all of Cambridgeshire, all of Huntingdonshire, parts of west Norfolk, south Lincolnshire and part of north Bedfordshire.