Welcome to the Historic Counties Gateway
The Historic Counties Gateway has been developed to catalogue descriptions, histories and prose about the counties.
The Gateway aims to be a resource for researchers, archivists and all who are just interested to read about the counties.
The Historic Counties Gateway Blog features news and articles about the latest additions to the gateway.
The Association of British Counties (ABC) is a society dedicated to promoting awareness of the continuing importance of the 92 historic (or traditional) counties of the United Kingdom.
The ABC believes that the Counties are an important part of the culture, geography and heritage of Great Britain. The ABC contends that Britain needs a fixed general-purpose geography, one divorced from the ever changing names and areas of local government, but instead rooted in history, public understanding and commonly held notions of community and identity. The ABC, therefore, seeks to fully re-establish the use of the Counties as the standard general-purpose geographical reference frame of Britain and to further encourage their use as a basis for social, sporting and cultural activities.
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