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Counties - English Counties 3
How many English forests can you think of?

Counties - English Counties 3

'Shires' were established in Anglo-Saxon times and normally had a fortified town within them to collect and keep safe the taxes raised within the shire. These fortified towns became known as 'shire towns' and they are still sometimes referred to as that although 'county town' is more often used nowadays. See how many of the English counties you can identify on the maps that follow.

Identify the county shaded in red.
East Riding of Yorkshire
  • The only city is Carlisle
  • Largest town is Barrow-in-Furness
  • Most north-westerly county of England
  • Only motorway through the county is the M6
  • Highest point in England – Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet
  • Largest natural lake in England is Windermere
  • Contains the Lake District National Park
  • Centre Parcs at Whinfell Forest near Penrith
  • Sellafield nuclear processing site near Seascale
  • Nestlé factory on outskirts of Carlisle
Identify the county shaded in red.
West Yorkshire
  • Inhabitants called 'Moonrakers'
  • Admin. HQ at Trowbridge
  • No universities
  • Contains Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circles
  • Has 22 towns and only 1 city
  • Salisbury Plain
  • Battle of Roundway fought near Devizes
  • Longleat near Warminster
  • National Trust at Stourhead near Mere
  • Hercules C130 fleet based at RAF Lynham
Identify the county shaded in red.
West Sussex
  • Two cities - Bath and Wells
  • Admin. HQ is Taunton
  • Exmoor National Park
  • Blackdown, Mendip and Quantock Hills
  • Famous for apple orchards and strong cider
  • Highest area is Chard (397 feet)
  • Archaeological site at Cheddar Gorge
  • Caves at Wookey Hole
  • National nature reserve at Bridgewater Bay
  • Glastonbury Rock Festival held near Pilton
Identify the county shaded in red.
City of Bristol
  • Rugby and football share the Memorial Ground
  • Football clubs called ....... City and ....... Rovers
  • Contains the Avon Gorge
  • Contains a well known zoo
  • Contains the Royal Portbury Dock
  • Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Airport at Lulsgate
  • In 1969 the first British Concorde flew from Filton
  • In 2008 the Cabot Circus shopping centre opened
  • International Balloon Fiesta held at Ashton Court
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South Yorkshire
Tyne and Wear
  • Meadowhall Centre at Sheffield
  • St. Paul's Tower is the tallest building in Sheffield
  • Country park at Ulley Reservoir
  • Wentworth Castle and gardens at Barnsley
  • International airport at Doncaster
  • Grimthorpe Colliery Brass Band east of Barnsley
  • Mallard and the Flying Scotsman built at Doncaster
  • 'Catcliffe Glass Cone' furnace at Rotherham
  • Palace of Westminster built with Anston Limestone
  • The world's last independent steelworks at Lower Don Valley
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South Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
  • Trolley bus ceased in Bradford (and Britain) in 1972
  • A 95-arch viaduct in Wakefield
  • Natural landmark called 'The Chevin'
  • Bridgewater Place is the tallest tower in Leeds
  • In 1928 Tony Richardson was born in Shipley
  • Early forced rhubarb grown in Wakefield
  • Industrial museum at Moorside Mills
  • East Riddlesden Hall at Keighley
  • In 1974 the borough of Calderdale was formed
  • David Hockney born in Bradford
Identify the county shaded in red.
East Sussex
West Midlands
Greater Manchester
  • UK's first set of traffic lights at Wolverhampton
  • Cadbury World at Bournville, Birmingham
  • Lloyd's Bank founded in Birmingham in 1765
  • Jaguar cars made in Castle Bromwich
  • In 1973 a minor planet (3009) was named after Coventry
  • Barr Beacon near Walsall
  • Public library opened in Dudley in 1878
  • English saddles manufactured in Walsall
  • Statue of Lady Godiva in centre of Coventry
  • Airport at Baginton
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  • University at the castle since 1832
  • University has an Oriental Museum
  • Norman cathedral is a World Heritage Site
  • Prison close to the city centre
  • Annual regatta on the river Wear
  • Notable areas are Gilesgate, Claypath and Elvet
  • Grade 1 listed bridges at Elvet and Framwellgate
  • Rowan Atkinson born in Consett
  • Body of St. Cuthbert once laid in Chester-le-Street
  • Charles Dickens stayed in Barnard Castle
Identify the county shaded in red.
Isle of Wight
  • Largest island of England
  • The largest town is Ryde
  • Contains 3 prisons – Albany, Camp Hill and Parkhurst
  • Admin. HQ is Newport
  • Most important area in Europe for dinosaur fossils
  • Highest point at Boniface Down (241 metres)
  • Botanic gardens at Ventnor
  • Well known zoo at Sandown
  • World's first radio station at The Needles Battery
  • Osborne House at East Cowes
Identify the county shaded in red.
Greater London
  • Admin. HQ is City Hall, Southwark
  • British monarchs crowned in Westminster Abbey
  • Thames Barrier opened in 1984
  • Canada Tower in Canary Wharf is 800 feet high
  • Battersea Park opened in 1858
  • Ham House near Richmond
  • Osterley Park House at Isleworth
  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
  • Kew Gardens at Richmond
  • Kew Bridge Steam Museum at Brentford


Author:  Colin King

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