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Historic counties of England

geographical designations for areas of England, based on historical traditions

The historic counties of England are 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.

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  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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