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From: "Chris Goddard" <>
Subject: Re: Essex-Middlesex
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 23:09:40 -0000
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At the severe risk of being off-topic, I'll add that...
Middlesex County Council ceased to exist on 1st April 1965 in the big shake
up of local government in London. There were a few "funnies" as a result,
such as Staines and Sunbury (on the north, and hence Middlesex, side of the
Thames) having its services provided (as they still are) by Surrey County
But the geographical county of Middlesex still exists; it just doesn't have
an administrative any more. Try looking up Ashford station on the National
Rail enquiry service, and you'll be presented with a choice between Ashford
(Middlesex) and Ashford (Kent).
I think that the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race still refer to the Middlesex and
Surrey banks of the Thames, and you can still put it in a postal address if
It's much the same (says he, struggling to get back on-topic) as arguing
that Thurrock or Southend are no longer in Essex because they don't get
services provided by Essex County Council. Or that East and West Ham are no
longer east of the River Lea.
Chris (born in Surrey, live from 2 weeks of age to 1 year old in Essex, and
1 year to 18 years in Mdx).