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List of Historic Counties of Great Britain

Here is a list of the historic Counties of Great Britain in a inconsistent order with some overlaps as some existed at different times:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Cheshire
  • Cornwall
  • Cumberland
  • Derbyshire
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Durham
  • Essex
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire
  • Herefordshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Huntingdonshire
  • Kent
  • Lancashire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Middlesex
  • Norfolk
  • Northamptonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Rutland
  • Shropshire
  • Somerset
  • Staffordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Warwickshire
  • Westmorland
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Yorkshire
  • Caithness
  • Sutherland
  • Ross and Cromarty
  • Inverness
  • Nairn
  • Moray
  • Elgin
  • Banffshire
  • Aberdeen
  • Kincardineshire
  • Angus
  • Forfar
  • Perth
  • Argyll
  • Bute
  • Ayr
  • Renfrew
  • Dumbarton
  • Stirling
  • Clackmannan
  • Kinross
  • Fife
  • Linlithgow
  • Edinburgh
  • Haddington
  • Berwick
  • Roxburgh
  • Dumfries
  • Kirkcudbright
  • Wigtown
  • Lanark
  • Selkirk
  • Peebles
  • Monmouthshire
  • Glamorganshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Cardiganshire
  • Brecknockshire
  • Radnorshire
  • Montgomeryshire
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Merionethshire
  • Caernarfonshire
  • Anglesey

and here is list again separated with a |

|Bedfordshire|Berkshire|Buckinghamshire|Cambridgeshire|Cheshire|Cornwall|Cumberland|Derbyshire|Devon|Dorset|Durham|Essex|Gloucestershire|Hampshire|Herefordshire|Hertfordshire|Huntingdonshire|Kent|Lancashire|Leicestershire|Lincolnshire|Middlesex|Norfolk|Northamptonshire|Northumberland|Nottinghamshire|Oxfordshire|Rutland|Shropshire|Somerset|Staffordshire|Suffolk|Surrey|Sussex|Warwickshire|Westmorland|Wiltshire|Worcestershire|Yorkshire|Caithness|Sutherland|Ross and Cromarty|Inverness|Nairn|Moray|Elgin|Banffshire|Aberdeen|Kincardineshire|Angus|Forfar|Perth|Argyll|Bute|Ayr|Renfrew|Dumbarton|Stirling|Clackmannan|Kinross|Fife|Linlithgow|Edinburgh|Haddington|Berwick|Roxburgh|Dumfries|Kirkcudbright|Wigtown|Lanark|Selkirk|Peebles|Monmouthshire|Glamorganshire|Carmarthenshire|Pembrokeshire|Cardiganshire|Brecknockshire|Radnorshire|Montgomeryshire|Denbighshire|Flintshire|Merionethshire|Caernarfonshire|Anglesey|

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Address matching (& street matching) & Maps

Unfortunately this post won’t live up to any expectation from it’s title and has just turned in some links rather than my intended musings.

Geo Place

Everything Happens Somewhere 2018



wheresthe Path? – can bring up Google Sat view from British National Grid tile ref e.g. SE1234

Maps comparison

Street Map includes 1:50,000 & 1:25,000 OS maps and accept British National Grid ref e.g. SE1234

Open Street Map – maps you can contribute to!

Postcode lookup

For discussion covering drawbacks of Postcodes (Appendix B):

Various including Postcodes


For finding the OS grid tile XX9999 a place is in:
Gazetteer: County & OS Grid Tile by place name

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Ulla’s previous baby blog posts

I only link to one other in the Blogroll panel in right hand column of this blog, and that is the now no longer maintained blog of Ulla, the love of my life.
Recently I pointed others to her posts on pregnancy & baby issues such as choice in where one has birth and Baby led weaning, mainly for links to other resources. But those articles are inter-dispersed amongst others so I though I would collect links together in one post here in reverse order.

Little baby brother arrived
Second baby due
Recommendable parenting books
Baby Fringe
The Diaper Free Potty Training
Which? Baby
Baby Groups and activities
First Potty success
Reuseable nappies
The first few weeks with baby
Our lovely baby boy is born
T – ? (towards birth)
On maternity leave
Summary of the last months

Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
Which?; Birth Choice
Home Birth
Baby Led Weaning; The Mush Stops Here

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More musings

Lots of changes in past year, and whole new set of challenges. A fresh start that is looking good. Stay cool.

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QGIS & the Open Source Mapping software stack

At home, I just installed QGIS (Desktop GIS), again after long time, on OpenSUSE 13.2. Looks good. I needed to enable relevant repository (in my case: )

I have been also looking at web articles of whole open source mapping software stack which has come on in leaps and bounds in last few years. As I now only use budget shared hosting for my own sites (and any website/service playing around) so I am limited in what I can test online myself of the tools. I guess I could just test locally but I actually decided on last rebuild of home pc I was going with keeping it rock solid (as others use home computer more than me nowadays) and not installing a web server (although I did give in on that since). As well as my time at home is pretty limited and I should spend less time on the computer as much of day on a computer at work.

By mapping software stack I mean:
PostgreSQL/PostGIS (Spatial Database)
GeoServer (Spatial Data Infrastructure)
MapServer (Advanced rendering and map query engine)
GeoNetwork (Geographic Metadata and Information Management System)
GDAL (the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) / OGR
OpenLayers (JavaScript map viewer)
Leaflet (JavaScript library)
MapProxy (Tile cache solution)
and scripting with

The way data is provided to feed in online mapping solutions have moved on so much, even Ordnance Survey data:
Loading, Styling and Displaying Ordnance Survey Mastermap Data
with Open Source Software by Jo Cook, Astun Technology

There seems some really polished offerings from companies supporting these open source elements as a integrated software stack for solid enterprise solutions:
Lutra Consulting

But in past few years I have on & off used ID the editor for Open Street Map
and Potlach the flash based editor before that, and been impressed by what is possible in a web browser window.

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