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Counties of England Quiz

Name the ceremonial counties of England.
Last updated: August 30, 2018
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County
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
City of Bristol
City of London
Cornwall
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
Durham
East Riding of
Yorkshire
East Sussex
Essex
Gloucestershire
Greater London
Greater Manchester
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Isle of Wight
Kent
County
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Merseyside
Norfolk
North Yorkshire
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Rutland
Shropshire
Somerset
South Yorkshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Tyne and Wear
Warwickshire
West Midlands
West Sussex
West Yorkshire
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
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level 22
Oct 25, 2010
"Northants" is a fairly common nickname for Northamptonshire. That should count as a right answer.
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level 50
Jun 12, 2011
Surely you should accept either 'east yorkshire' or 'east riding' for east riding of yorkshire (which, might I add, I've never heard it called)
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level ∞
Jun 12, 2011
My mistake! Those will work now.
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level 36
Aug 23, 2011
I live in the region West Midlands - didn't realise it was also a county even though it must be near me.
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level 18
Sep 17, 2011
48/48 :) Also I thought Middlesex was one
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level 15
Nov 18, 2011
Only 76% know London... Now we look bad! Usually, the English have to guess our states and cities, but now we have the pressure. LOL.
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level 53
Jul 30, 2014
London is not a real county! (I know it is officially but really it isn't!) :)
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level 76
Jan 19, 2012
The old traditional counties like Middlesex, Huntingdonshire, Westmoreland and Cumberland are no more. Some were swallowed up by enlarging their neighbours, by amalgamation and others like Greater Manchester being newly created. My birth county of Lancashire north of the Sands is now Cumbria - hmm.
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level 25
Jul 9, 2012
Cumbria was never part of Lancashire, also Cumberland and Westmoreland haven't been around since the 70s. Dunno where you've been all these years :P
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level 76
Mar 23, 2013
Englishbub - 'Cumbria was never part of Lancashire?' I'll think you'll find it was. My birth certificate states born Barrow in Furness in the county of Lancashire. Since 1974 Barrow, along with the Furness area of Lancashire 'north of the sands', became part of Cumbria as were the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.
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level 43
Feb 20, 2014
Glad to see a fellow Cumbrian on here. I was born in Kendal.
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level 76
May 28, 2014
Still a Lancastrian at heart switchcorked9
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level 16
Mar 16, 2012
:P 47/48
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level 57
May 8, 2012
Love this quiz - it's always Berkshire I trip up on, everytime. Would love to see a map version of this, where you have to match the county accurately. And for those missing Middlesex, Wessex etc maybe we should do an historic version one day :-)
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level 63
Sep 13, 2014
I live in Berkshire so its one of the few I can actually get :)
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level 63
Mar 1, 2018
It's funny how there is a Wessex, Middlesex, Essex and Sussex, but no Nossex. Oh, wait - maybe you've got that too, after all!
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level 43
May 12, 2018
west saxons; east saxons; middle saxons; south saxons; no room for north saxons as that was where the angles were - eg east anglia -.... yes all right - where are the west angles - no room becasue of the mercians
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level 33
Jun 14, 2012
good one, my typing not so quick, this is more of an "administrative area" list though, as The City of London, Bristol , Greater London, Greater Manchester etc are not counties. Greater London takes up space in the counties of Kent, Surrey, Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Essex...just like Chicago (my favourite holiday destination!) goes into Cook County and DuPage county, but there is no County of Chicago. Some counties do not exist anymore
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level 29
Dec 12, 2012
Bristol has been a county since 1353 and still is today. As a resident of Bristol, my county is always listed as Bristol on my address; there are no other counties it could be listed under. Also, having grown up in the London Borough of Bromley I agree that areas such as this are quite complicated; whilst my postcode was a Kent postcode (TN) and my address listed as Kent, my council was a London council. However there are other boroughs, such as Lewisham where I've also lived, which do not cross into any home counties, so the address is listed under the Greater London county as, like Bristol, there are no other counties it comes under. I can't comment on the other places you mentioned though.
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level 48
Mar 18, 2013
Not sure where you're getting that from Jock the cities mentioned are definately also counties in their own right.
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level 80
Dec 7, 2014
@Jock- Next time you are in Chicago look me up, I'm at 54th & Bishop. Just drive down, get out, and proclaim "I'm on holiday". The men with guns will assist you to my place.
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level 40
Jan 5, 2013
Interesting the English don't seem to learn their counties like the Americans learns their states. I aint saying it's wrong. Just interesting.
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level 55
Mar 18, 2013
Fairly pointless exercise if you ask me, what does anyone gain by knowing all the states in their own country by heart
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level 68
May 28, 2014
When someone says "I'm from Leicestershire" and you as a Briton don't know where it is, then I guess you've got some problems.
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level 32
Mar 18, 2013
Maybe it's a question about size. A state in the U.S. can be a state in Europe (by population).
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level 73
Jun 11, 2014
Good point. Notice for instance the several comments on the recent California counties quiz left by Californians who claim to have gotten fewer than half the answers right. England and California have comparable population sizes.
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level 56
Apr 12, 2017
Various governments have mucked about with local government so much in the UK now that there's a confusing array of different counties, from the traditional ones, new made up ones (made up in the 1970s), ceremonial ones, plus a range of other local authorities. Very often, huge lumps of one county have been taken from one county and added to another at the whim of some government official. All in all, it's very confusing and it's no wonder people don't care much these days about counties (with a few exceptions, like Yorkshire).
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level 55
Mar 18, 2013
Nerth Yerksherman, and proud!
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level 23
Oct 7, 2013
I got 15 but I live in California so I guess it is all good
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level 51
Feb 1, 2014
American: Know a lot from soccer team nicknames. West Midlands, Merseyside, Oxfordshire, Bristol, Tyne and WearManchester, Yorkshire...etc
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level 56
Jun 7, 2017
Trying to work out how most of those you listed have anything to do with football teams!
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level 35
Mar 17, 2014
American here. Only got 9.
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level 80
Apr 17, 2014
If you know your New England counties you can just add shire to the end and nail most of them.
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level 43
Jan 28, 2018
Vermont...shire?
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level 38
Feb 12, 2018
Counties.
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level 58
Apr 16, 2014
I see you added a map. I like it, thx.
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level 43
May 6, 2014
100% first time 48 seconds left
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level 78
May 28, 2014
As an American, I can proudly say that my country fought a war with the British just so I wouldn't have to take this quiz.
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level 76
May 28, 2014
I bet you took the quiz anyway.
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level 68
May 28, 2014
I bet they froze him down in 1783 and he just came back to lead the Avengers.
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level 73
Jun 11, 2014
Fighting the Jitari leaves little time for memorizing English counties.
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level 75
May 28, 2014
Too many questions about England on this one ... ;)
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level 38
Feb 12, 2018
It's too UK-centric.
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level 60
May 28, 2014
TIL Wessex was never a county in the first place
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level 18
May 28, 2014
Did it first time, with 5 seconds to spare!
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level 74
May 28, 2014
Say Quizmaster, the stats seem to be missing. I assume you're just trying to spare my feelings so I can't see how badly I did (10/48) ...ouch!
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level ∞
May 29, 2014
Haha. Fixed!
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level 28
May 29, 2014
Why is London accepted for City of London, and Bristol not for City of Bristol?
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level ∞
May 29, 2014
Bristol IS accepted!
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
Couldn't Tyne have been enough? -_-
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level ∞
Sep 12, 2015
Okay
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level 70
Aug 1, 2016
Just to upset the Mackems?
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level 49
Jul 3, 2014
Have you checked how Bristol's looking on the map? Bristol looks less like a gentleman's sausage as this quiz's map suggests.
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level ∞
Sep 12, 2015
Fixed. I originally got the map from Wikipedia. I've since made my own, which doesn't have the Bristol "appendage".
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level 52
Jul 18, 2014
Got them all with 28 seconds to spare. Took me ages to get Bedfordshire, and I lived there for five years!
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level 52
Jul 18, 2014
OK second attempt, got them all with two minutes to spare. Phew!
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level 33
Oct 15, 2014
missed Surrey and Berkshire. bladdy southerners;-)
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level 14
Nov 19, 2014
Wheres Middlesex?
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level 36
Apr 26, 2016
It was removed and is mainly in Greater London now...
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level 71
Dec 30, 2014
Can we have a 'flags of the ceremonial counties of England' quiz please!
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level 71
Jan 1, 2015
And a 'fill in the map' quiz for the Ceremonial Counties of England as well :)
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level 24
Feb 19, 2015
I only get them because at school, each week we have to do this three times
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level 63
Feb 20, 2015
So many -shires.
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level 66
May 24, 2015
It's a pity that the 'REAL' counties of England have been butchered by the bureaucrats into these so called rational areas. Tradition shouldn't be left to red-tape handlers in London.
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level 45
Jun 1, 2015
There is nowhere like enough time if we have to write "shire" after each county; we rarely use the whole name when speaking so surely just the county name should suffice?
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level 47
Jul 22, 2015
I agree about shire, but I still managed the lot!
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level 75
Sep 6, 2015
Do you really never use the "shire"? Do you say North York, then, or just Hereford when referring to the county? I have never heard anyone do this.
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level 70
Aug 1, 2016
Generally just add an s to the end: Yorks, Herts, Berks, etc.
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level 75
Sep 17, 2017
^ Weird. I've never heard anyone do that, only seen it written.
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level 33
Aug 1, 2015
The current answers can be justified as the current set-up, an the map shows the way anyway; - though I'd remove the word 'ceremonial' as I 'think' that refers to the old countries before 1970s
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level 56
Apr 12, 2017
Ceremonial counties are distinct from traditional counties (although some do match). Cumberland and Westmoreland are two traditional counties, but they are not ceremonial counties. Check out the link to the Wikipedia article used as a source for this quiz, it explains what these counties actually are.
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level 75
Sep 6, 2015
Argh, why do I always forget Shropshire? I look at the alphabetical list and can't think of anything to come between Rutland and Somerset and spend far too long wondering if Salisburyshire is a county.
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level 75
Sep 9, 2015
...And this time I got Shropshire but forgot Wiltshire. The made-up county that sprang to mind this time was Winchestershire.
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level 36
Apr 26, 2016
I also tried Winchestershire, which is really bad as I live in Hampshire... Though I did get full marks in the end at least
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level 56
Apr 12, 2017
Hampshire is named after Southampton (which used to be called Hampton before people started adding the South- prefix, to distinguish it from the other Hampton, i.e. Northampton).
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level 58
Sep 15, 2015
yikes, the auto-shire enhancement really messed me up. I usually end with 2 minutes left but barely finished in time with all the shires popping in at the front of each county name. Is Lancashire really called "Lanc" by anyone or are we to see it as abbreviation for slow typists? (I, btw, am a slow typist)
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level 36
Apr 26, 2016
Lancs, Hants, Shrops etc are all used, just not that often in common speech, its used mainly in writing and by the post office
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level 56
Apr 12, 2017
The Royal Mail don't bother with any counties or local authority names in official addresses anymore.
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level 32
Sep 22, 2015
YAY 39/48. :):):)
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level 57
Jan 3, 2016
Please alphabetize "City of Bristol" to fit along with the other answers. :)
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level 72
Feb 22, 2016
Agree. Or put "City of London" in with the Ls.
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level 65
Feb 7, 2016
southyork is all you need to type in for south yorkshire, but westyork doesn't work?
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level 55
Feb 26, 2016
Some oddities. Needed Wiltshire for Wiltshire, but only Berk for stuff like Berkshire. Needed West Yorkshire, but not the shire for East, North and South, etc.
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level ∞
Nov 11, 2016
Should be fixed now
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level 17
Mar 1, 2016
These aren't the Cerominal Counties. These are the post 1970's counties
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level ∞
Nov 11, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceremonial_counties_of_England
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level 59
Mar 18, 2016
Finished, but with only 5 seconds left! So much easier with the interactive map!
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level 28
Jun 1, 2016
Shouldn't 'Telford and Wrekin' be included
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level 65
Aug 1, 2016
It's a unitary authority, not a county.
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level 37
Aug 1, 2016
Who else lives in Cambridgeshire guys, the boring flat county full of farmers and clever people? Ayyyy it's great!
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level 43
May 12, 2018
Tut Tut - Gog Magog Hills - the highest point for many thousands of miles eastwards until you reach the Ural Mountains
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level 64
Aug 1, 2016
SO , after screwing up cause you were accepting answers before they were complete...i.e. -shire, and having to erase constantly, why is it that West Yorkshire has to be input all they way? Out of all the -shires, this is the only one that is not accpeted in "short form" (West York)
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level 18
Aug 2, 2016
2:26 left. :)
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level 58
Aug 5, 2016
YUS! Got them all. West Midlands was the last one...!
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level 30
Aug 25, 2016
The autocompleting 'shire' really bugs me. You shouldn't get the answer/point for just writing "Che", or even "Gloucester"
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level 47
Sep 19, 2016
I keep forgetting Staffordshire!
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level 72
Mar 21, 2018
Same, and Surrey weirdly
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level 70
Sep 19, 2016
Well, in May I got 15, in September on my second attempt I got 48. Rather pleased with that improvement.
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level 64
Oct 16, 2016
I got 15. Pretty good for an American, although I should probably know more.
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level 9
Nov 19, 2016
Why can't they spell the WHOLE name out. Much annoyed with the laziness. I type so fast that i can't flow into next county because I have to delete the ending of the last.
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level 49
Dec 30, 2016
A bit of a pain, yes, but once you get the first part of the shires, you know it.
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level 59
Nov 27, 2016
Why not put in instructions "For counties ending in -shire, you do not need to include those 5 letters"? Might make a lot of people happier.
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level 56
Nov 23, 2017
Surely you quickly learn that you don't need those letters. Or did you just spend all the time typing out "shire" umpteen times?
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level 40
Dec 4, 2016
23/49
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level 40
Dec 4, 2016
27/48
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level 49
Dec 30, 2016
48/48
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level 56
Apr 12, 2017
Nice picture of Bodiam Castle at the top (in the proper county of Sussex).
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level 21
Apr 15, 2017
How about an Irish Badge eh? This is too hard
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level 9
Jun 28, 2017
Countries??
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level 44
Jun 29, 2017
i finally got all of them on my third attempt... but one question... what in the world is england??
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level 44
Dec 11, 2017
If you liked this, try this https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/266516/coastal-counties-of-britain
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level 39
Dec 15, 2017
East East East Yorkshire!!!
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level 43
May 12, 2018
I assume that ceremonial counties means any place that has a Lord Lieutenant. Otherwise I have difficulty in east and West Sussex and NOT Lindsey; Kesteven and Holland. Why can;t we just simply go back to pre 1974 It was so much simpler. By the way, I think that historically Bristol has at some time counted as part of Gloucestershire, but never as Somerset
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level 31
May 29, 2018
lol im american, never been to england, never heard a name for any of the counties. but i did get six, so that was better than expected XD
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level 31
May 29, 2018
ooh, 13 on my second try
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level 31
May 30, 2018
36 on my tenth try. almost there.
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level 31
May 30, 2018
ah, man! warwick was the last one on my eleventh try.
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level 31
May 30, 2018
geez, 14th try! kept forgetting a different one each time. easier than my own state, though. theres 99 counties here.
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level 23
Jun 13, 2018
20/48. Well... at least I got some large ones! (Norfolk,York,Northumberland)
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level 65
Jun 22, 2018
Finally got all of them.... From Guatemala
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level 44
Aug 4, 2018
Very tough!
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level 29
Aug 9, 2018
I just type in gsydhshire or walfshire or hafninshire then auto-correct.