Counties of England Map

The maps below show the borders and counties* of England from hundreds of years ago through to the present day. Click the arrows on each image to move forwards or backwards in time.

* The counties in these maps are the historic / traditional / ceremonial / geographic counties; i.e. what most people know as a county. Decades ago it used to be really simple – a county was a county. Now there are administrative counties, metropolitan counties, non-metropolitan counties, unitary authorities and even more! The Association of British Counties explain more about all this county confusion.

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