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Lancashire is a county of England, lying on the Irish Sea.

The county borders Cumbria, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside, and the unitary authorities of Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.

The county before 1974 bordered Cumberland, Westmorland, Yorkshire, and Cheshire. A large part of Lancashire, surrounding Morecambe Bay was removed. Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen were districts of the county until the 1990s, when they were made independent.

Its population in 2000 was estimated as 1,429,450. Its name comes from Lancaster + shire.

Table of contents
1 Towns, cities, villages in Lancashire
2 Places of interest
3 Historical Geography
4 External links

Towns, cities, villages in Lancashire

Note: some of these places are no longer in Lancashire.

Places of interest

(Morecambe Bay

Historical Geography

The administrative area is an area rather smaller than that of the historic county as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. From April 1, 1974 the Furness area (the area of Lancashire north of Morecambe Bay) was given to the new county of Cumbria, the south east being given to Greater Manchester, and the south-west becoming Merseyside. Warrington town and surrounding districts including the villages of Winwick and Croft and Risley and Culcheth were annexed to Cheshire. A part of the West Riding of Yorkshire near Clitheroe, was transferred to Lancashire also.

Lancashire is divided into a number of local government districts. These are Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, the Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, and Wyre.

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