Type details for Ancient County

Type:Ancient County
Identifier:ANC_CNTY
Number of units in system:
53
Geographical Level: 7 (County)
ADL Feature Type:countries, 2nd order divisions
May be part of: Nation
May have as parts: Ancient District , Division of Ancient County , Ecclesiastical Parish , Parish-level Unit , 1841 Occupation reporting area
May have preceded: Administrative County , Modern (post 1974) County , Poor Law/Registration County , District/Unitary Authority
Possible status values: Sheriffdom (Srom)

Full Description:

The Normans introduced the 'county' to England as territorial divisions with administrative, political and legal functions, superseding the Anglo-Saxon 'Shires' dating from the tenth century, each governed by an Earl. An act of union, in 1536, between England and Wales led to the formation of Welsh counties. The Ancient English Counties numbered forty, twenty maritime and twenty Inland, the Welsh Ancient Counties numbered twelve. The ancient counties of England and Wales went out of official use with the creation of the new administrative counties. Many of these new counties, which were for administration purposes, were divided up into smaller units; Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Sussex, and the following became separate units; Isle of Ely, Isle of Wight, Soke of Peterborough and London