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Counties around London in 1921: 1. Buckinghamshire, 2. Essex, 3. Hertfordshire, 4. Berkshire, 5. Middlesex, 6. Kent, 7. Surrey, 8. Sussex (East), 9. Sussex (West).

The "Home counties" refers to the counties that border or surround London, England but not including the United Kingdom's capital city itself. There is no exact definition of the term and the composition of the 'home counties' is sometimes a matter of debate.

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Origin of the term

The term originated in the late nineteenth century, and is probably derived from the Home Circuit of the itinerant Assize Court.[1]

Population of the Home Counties

The population of the home counties, although diverse, is sometimes stereotyped as exclusively white, middle class, Conservative Party supporters who speak with a 'home counties accent'.[citation needed] In fact, the home counties include a wide variety of peoples of different social and ethnic backgrounds, as well as political views.

Official use of the term

There is no official definition of the "home counties". However, the term has been used in legislation and the administration of the armed forces during the twentieth century as follows:

See also

References

  1. ^ Alan Everitt, Country, County and Town: Patterns of Regional Evolution in England in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Vol. 29, (1979), pp. 79-108

The "Home Counties" refers to the counties that border or surround London, England, but not including the capital city itself. There is no exact definition of the term and the composition of the Home Counties is sometimes a matter of debate.

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Origin of the term

The term is believed to have originated in the 19th century, and is possibly derived from the Home Circuit of the itinerant Assize Court.[1] The first use of the exact term "home counties", rather than home circuit, cited in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1898.

Definition

,}} 2. Essex, 3. Hertfordshire, 4. Berkshire, 5. Middlesex, 6. Kent, 7. Surrey, 8. Sussex (East), 9. Sussex (West).]] There is no official definition of the "home counties". However, the term has been used in legislation and the administration of the armed forces during the twentieth century as follows:

County 1851 Post Office Directory[2] 1908 Home Counties Division 1920 London and Home Counties Electricity District 1924 London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee 1926 The Home Counties (Music and Dancing) Licensing Act 1938 Green Belt (London and Home Counties) Act 1948 Home Counties Brigade 1995 Valuation Office Rating Manual
Bedfordshire Y
Berkshire Y (part) Y Y Y
Buckinghamshire Y (part) Y (part) Y Y Y
Cambridgeshire Y (part)
Dorset Y (part)
Essex Y Y (part) Y (part) Y Y
Hampshire Y
Hertfordshire Y Y (part) Y (part) Y Y
Kent Y Y Y (part) Y (part) Y Y Y Y
Middlesex Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Abolished in 1965
Oxfordshire Y (part)
Surrey Y Y Y (part) Y (part) Y Y Y Y
Sussex
(East & West)
Y Y Y Y Y

See also

References

  1. ^ "Country, County and Town: Patterns of Regional Evolution in England" by Alan Everitt in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Vol. 29, (1979), pp. 79-108.
  2. ^ 1851 Post Office Directory of the Six Home Counties covered Essex, Herts, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex.


Wiktionary

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English

Noun

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Singular
Home Counties

Plural
uncountable

Home Counties (uncountable)

  1. All the English counties surrounding London

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