Middlesex is one of the historic counties of England and the second smallest by area. The county once contained the rich and politically independent City of London on its southern boundary. The county was affected by the expansion of London in the 18th and 19th centuries. From 1855 the south east was administered as part of London. When county councils were initially introduced in England in 1889 around 20% of the area of Middlesex, and a third of its population, was transferred to the County of London.
Ancient and 1889 extent of Middlesex
|• 1801/1881||181,320 acres (734 km2)|
|• 1911||148,701 acres (601.8 km2)|
|• 1961||148,691 acres (601.7 km2)|
|• Origin||Middle Saxons|
|• Created||In antiquity|
|• Succeeded by||1889: to County of London|
1965: Greater London and
small parts to Surrey and Hertfordshire
|Status||Ceremonial county (until 1965)|
Administrative county (1889–1965)
|Government||Middlesex County Council (1889–1965)|
|• HQ||see text|
Banner of arms of Middlesex County Council
|• Type||hundreds (ancient)|
After a Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London, Middlesex was absorbed by an enlarged Greater London in 1965. Despite its disappearance as an administrative county, Middlesex is still used as an area name. It was kept as a postal county; it is an optional component of postal addresses. It is still regarded by many as a meaningful area, with its own teams in County cricket, rugby and other sports and pastimes.
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- Royal Mail 2004, p. 9