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Counties - English Counties 4
England is a beautiful country worth exploration.

Counties - English Counties 4

Before they were united by Athelstan, the first King of England, a number of separate kingdoms existed within what is now England. The names of some, such as Essex, Sussex and Kent, live on in the names of counties. When the Normans came along an area overseen by an individual Count (or Lord) became known as a county.

See how well you know present-day counties by playing this quiz.

1.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Merseyside
Cheshire
Derbyshire
West Sussex
  • Admin. HQ is Chester
  • Largest town is Warrington
  • Famous for producing cheese, salt and silk
  • Thundersprint motorcycle event formerly held at Northwich
  • Shell refinery at Ellesmere Port
  • Chemical plant at Runcorn
  • Salt mining in Middlewich and Northwich
  • Affluent areas of Wilmslow, Tarporley and Knutsford
  • Lewis Carroll born in Daresbury
  • Largest train station in the county is Crewe
2.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Herefordshire
Bedfordshire
Greater London
Somerset
  • Has only one city
  • Famous for apple and pear orchards
  • County city football mascot is a bull
  • Exports docile beef cattle
  • Contains part of the Malvern Hills
  • Castle at Hampton Court
  • Croft Castle at Yarpole
  • Cider made by Westons at Much Marcle
  • Cider made by Bulmers at the county city
  • Major towns of Ledbury, Kington, Bromyard and Ross-on-Wye
3.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
West Midlands
Greater Manchester
West Sussex
East Sussex
  • The 500,000 year-old remains of Homo heidelbergensis, an extinct relative of modern humans, were found at Boxgrove
  • South Downs Planetarium near Chichester
  • Show jumping at Hickstead
  • Local history museum at Horsham
  • Protected area of wetland at Pagham Harbour
  • Famous cathedral at Chichester
  • Motor circuit at Goodwood
  • McIndoe burns centre at Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, treated WWII servicemen
  • Castle at Arundel
4.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Cumbria
Derbyshire
North Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
  • Admin. HQ is Matlock
  • Mam Tor and Kinder Scout in Peak District
  • Neolithic tombs at Mining Low and Five Wells
  • Famous warm springs at Buxton
  • Coal mining used to be the main industry of Ilkeston and Swadlincote
  • World Heritage status for the Derwent Valley
  • Thorntons (chocolates) at Alfreton
  • Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield
  • Three reservoirs – Howden, Derwent and Ladybower
  • National nature reserve at Dovedale
5.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Norfolk
Bedfordshire
Nottinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
  • Britain's longest town at Arlesey (it is claimed)
  • Dovecot and Stables at Willington
  • R.A.F. station at Henlow
  • Woburn Abbey
  • Imperial War Museum at Duxford
  • Kite-flying at highest point in East of England - Dunstable Downs
  • Whipsnade Zoo at the county city
  • Comedian Ronnie Barker born at the county city
  • John Le Mesurier born at the county city
6.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Cornwall
Herefordshire
Devon
Berkshire
  • Largest city is Plymouth
  • Admin. HQ is Exeter
  • Camping and surfing around Croyde and Woolacombe
  • Sailing around Salcombe
  • Includes islands of Lundy and Eddystone
  • Dartmoor National Park
  • Holiday towns of Torquay and Paignton
  • Rural markets at Bideford, Honiton and Totnes
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge born at Ottery St Mary
  • Agatha Christie was born in Torquay
7.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Nottinghamshire
Warwickshire
Shropshire
Derbyshire
  • Admin. HQ is West Bridgford
  • Contains Sherwood Forest
  • Clumber Park near Worksop
  • National Trust property 'The Workhouse' at Southwell
  • Robin Hood airport near Doncaster
  • Market towns of Arnold, Bingham, Hucknall and Retford
  • Ancestral home of Lord Byron is Newstead Abbey
  • Author D. H. Lawrence was born at Eastwood
  • County cricket club play at Trent Bridge
  • Largest sun-dial in the UK at Sutton-in-Ashfield
8.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Wiltshire
Greater Manchester
West Yorkshire
Tyne and Wear
  • Highest point is Black Chew Head (1,778 feet)
  • Cricket ground at Old Trafford
  • Halle Orchestra based at the Bridgewater Hall
  • Home of the Royal Northern College of Music
  • Chetham's School of Music
  • Hat works museum in Stockport
  • World's first cotton mill at Royton
  • Lowry Theatre and Exhibition Centre at Salford Quays
  • Trafford Centre is one of the UK's largest shopping centres
  • The city where Rolls met Royce!
9.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Isle of Wight
North Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire
Lincolnshire
  • First fixed-wing flight was at Brompton
  • Racecourses at Catterick Bridge, Ripon and Thirsk
  • Motor racing at Croft Circuit
  • National Trust property at Rievaulx Terrace
  • Studley Royal Water Gardens near Ripon
  • Famous cliff lift in Scarborough
  • Judy Dench born in York
  • Alan Titchmarsh born in Ilkley
  • 'All Creatures Great and Small' filmed at Askrigg
  • Richmond Castle walls are the oldest outside London
10.
What is the name of the county shaded in red?
Warwickshire
Worcestershire
North Yorkshire
Dorset
  • George Eliot born near Nuneaton
  • William Shakespeare born at Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Industrial towns of Atherstone, Bedworth and Rugby
  • Tourism important to Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Alcester
  • The only town in the south of the county is Shipston-on-Stour
  • Until 2018 Kenilworth was the only major town in Warwickshire without a rail station
  • Coventry airport at Baginton
  • Guy Fawkes House at Dunchurch
  • Charlecote Park at Wellesbourne
  • Michael Drayton (author) from Hartshill

 

Author:  Colin King

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