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Dorset

Dorset is a Wessex county of chalk downs, a charming coast and the home of the stately and rural life lovingly captured in the novels of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset man, and before him by the Rev. William Barnes. The downs reach a height of … Continue reading

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Kent

A county more full of history than any other, Kent lies at the southeasternmost point of Britain, and closest to Europe. The famous White Cliffs look out over the Straits of Dover, just 22 miles from the French coast. Kent is therefore the land which … Continue reading

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Lancashire

Lancashire is a large and heavily populated county, in population second only to Middlesex. Lancashire runs up the English west coast from the Mersey north to Morecambe Bay with a further part north of the sands at Furness. Lancashire was at the heart of the … Continue reading

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Middlesex

Middlesex is the smallest English county after Rutland but the third most populous in Britain. Middlesex is certainly the most urban county, being almost wholly covered by London and its outgrowths. Middlesex has been called “the Capital County” as the home of the capital city (whether … Continue reading

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Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire stretches from the heart of the Midlands to the edge of Yorkshire. It is an entirely inland county, but low-lying; rarely reaching 600 feet above sea level. The River Trent, the great river of the Midlands, crosses southern Nottinghamshire as a broad stream. The … Continue reading

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Shetland

Shetland is the northernmost part of the Kingdom, 93 miles north of mainland Great Britain at its closest, and 45 miles north of Orkney. Shetland is a scattering of stark-featured, windswept islands. It has over a hundred islands, some twenty of them inhabited, and countless … Continue reading

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Somerset

Somerset stretches along the southern shore of the Severnmouth and the Bristol Channel from the Avon to Exmoor. In the heart of the county are the Somerset Levels, a remarkable flat land reaching in from the Bristol Channel, divided in two by the low range … Continue reading

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Westmorland

Westmorland is one of the Lake Counties. It is a mountainous shire, with some of the grandest scenery of the land. The heart of Westmorland lies in the Lakeland fells. One of the most famous roads is that over the Kirkstone Pass, a bleak, sheer … Continue reading

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What are the “home counties”?

The phrase “home counties” has no specific legal definition but as a popular expression it appears to have been around for many years. According to the OED it is simply “the counties nearest to London, namely Surrey, Kent, Essex and Middlesex; sometimes with the addition of … Continue reading

Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a downland rural county of the West Country. In the south of the county is Salisbury and in the north is Swindown. Between the two lies the great expanse of Salisbury Plain. Southern Wiltshire is known for pretty towns and villages. It is … Continue reading

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Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the largest county of them all by far. It stretches from the North Sea coast deep into and over the Pennine Mountains, and from the River Tees to the Humber and further south inland. It encompasses empty moorland and crowded conurbations, high fells … Continue reading

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