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November 27 @ 12:00 am - 11:30 pm

Lancashire Day

It’s Lancashire Day today. The county day of historic Lancashire, marked every year since it was first held in 1996. It’s celebrated across the County of Palatine.

27 November

What is Lancashire Day?

It commemorates the day in 1295 when Lancashire first sent representatives to Parliament, to attend the Model Parliament of King Edward I.

It’s marked by town criers announcing the Lancashire Day proclamation. It declares the historic regions boundaries of the county, and finishes with “God bless Lancashire, and God save the Queen, Duke of Lancaster”

The historic county of Lancashire is the area established for administration by the Normans. Historic counties were often based on earlier kingdoms and shires created by the Anglo-Saxons and others. 

Unlike the partly self-governing boroughs that covered urban areas, the counties of medieval England existed primarily to enforce central government power. They enabled monarchs to exercise control over local areas through their chosen representatives – originally sheriffs and later the Lord-Lieutenants – and their subordinate justices of the peace.

Counties were used initially for the administration of justice, collection of taxes and organisation of the military. Later for local government and electing parliamentary representation. They still form the basis of modern local government in many parts of the country.

What’s a County Palatine?

In England, a county palatine or palatinate was an area ruled by a hereditary nobleman enjoying special authority and autonomy from the rest of a kingdom or empire.

Palatine powers over Lancashire were conferred on the first Duke of Lancaster in 1351, at the same time as his promotion from the status of earl. This was only the second dukedom created in England, following that of Cornwall in 1337, which also became associated with palatine powers. The dukedom was united with the Crown on the accession of Henry IV in 1399, but the vast estates of the Duchy of Lancaster were never assimilated into the Crown Estate. Even to this day they are separately administered for the monarch as Duke of Lancaster. The rights exercised through the Duchy rather than the Crown included its palatine powers over Lancashire, the last of which were revoked only in 1873. In the county palatine of Lancaster, the loyal toast is to “the Queen, Duke of Lancaster”.

Thank you to Wikipedia for this interesting information about the County of Lancaster

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November 27
12:00 am - 11:30 pm
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