Category:Counties of England
The counties of England are territorial divisions of England for the purposes of administrative, political and geographical demarcation. Many current counties have foundations in older divisions such as the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. The name county originates in the area formerly or nominally administered by a Count, although in Britain the situation is complicated by the fact that the title Count has been replaced in normal usage by the older Saxon title of Earl. An Earl's wife, however, bears the title of Countess.
The names, boundaries and functions of these divisions have changed considerably in modern times. Indeed, a series of local government reforms from the 19th century onwards has left the exact definition of the term 'county' ambiguous. The term "counties of England" does not, therefore, refer to a unique canonical set of names or boundaries; in formal use, the type of county relevant to the specific task and period is explicitly stated e.g. ceremonial county, registration county, historic county or former postal county.
This category has the following 54 subcategories, out of 54 total.
- ► Isle of Wight (43 C, 2 P, 699 F)
- ► Kent (56 C, 1 P, 16986 F)
- ► Merseyside (49 C)
- ► Oxfordshire (33 C, 5369 F)
- ► Rutland (30 C, 3 F)
- ► Tyne and Wear (35 C, 29 F)