[Talk-GB] 'historic' county boundaries added to the database

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Wed Aug 8 12:17:06 UTC 2018


On 08/08/2018 12:14, Colin Smale wrote:
> The OS publish boundaries for historic counties, so one could say 
> these boundaries are the current boundaries for the historic counties.

To me that's an oxymoron.

> If this (probably completely static) dataset is used as a baseline, at 
> least these relations would have a verifiable source.
> https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/help-and-support/products/boundary-line.html#Historicdownload
> "The links above represent counties based on historic records and 
> mapping circa 1888 and using the primary sources of the Local 
> Government (England and Wales) Act 1888, the Local Government 
> (Scotland) Act 1889 and the Sheriffs Act 1887. "

Those are fairly inaccurate snap shots of what thought to be accurate at 
that just date. As Mark G pointed out it's a ridiculous notion to 
believe those boundaries can be  extrapolated back to "Saxon times".


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