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Administrative Counties of England and Wales, 1951

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These are digital boundaries for the system of counties essentially created by the 1889 Local Government Act and continuing to exist until 1974. Their initial primary focus was the administration of education. During the twentieth century, they can be treated as aggregates of local government districts, although note that administratively County Boroughs were independent of the counties they were geographically part of. This file represents the system as it was used to report the 1951 Census of Population, and does not separately identify County Boroughs. Statistical data and other information used in “A Vision of Britain through Time” can be accessed here: dataset is intended for researchers, students, and policy makers for reference and mapping purposes, and may be used for basic applications such as viewing, querying, and map output production, or to provide a basemap to support graphical overlays and analysis with other spatial data.
University of Portsmouth
Wales and England
Parliament, Election districts, Administrative and political divisions, and Boundaries
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To promote awareness of our work and to provide a public benefit, the University of Portsmouth and the Great Britain Historical GIS makes these county boundaries, but not other more detailed boundaries, available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0): This does not mean they are in the public domain: (1) You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests that the University of Portsmouth or the Great Britain Historical GIS endorses you or your use. (2) The share-alike requirement means that anything you publish using these boundaries must also be under a CC BY-SA license. In particular, if you use these boundaries to map your attribute data, you must make the attribute data available under that license. For unrestricted commercial licensing, contact
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