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27 November, 2003

Ee, a grand Lancashire Day t'you

Apparently today was 'Lancashire Day', celebrating over 700 years of my adopted county being represented in Parliament. On 27 November, 1295, the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by Edward I, to attend what later became known as 'The Model Parliament'.

Having just done a Google search to find that exact date, I read a mildly interesting (alleged) fact at the website of the Friends of Real Lancashire. It seems that when, in 1974, government reorganisation created new administrative counties, the prior geographical counties weren't abolished and replaced, and officially they still exist. This means that 'real Lancashire' i.e the County Palatine of Lancashire, still extends from a significant part of what is now known as Cumbria all the way south to encompass both Liverpool and Manchester, an area drastically larger than now known as Lancashire.

[Definition from dictionary.com; I couldn't hotlink directly to the point I wanted to:
County Palatine: a county distinguished by particular privileges; so called a palatio (from the palace), because the owner had originally royal powers, or the same powers, in the administration of justice, as the king had in his palace; but these powers are now abridged. The counties palatine, in England, are Lancaster, Chester, and Durham.]

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