Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Holland County Council

This photograph, taken near the River Welland just outside Crowland yesterday, shows a signpost still bearing the name Holland County Council. You may have to click on it and enlarge it to see this clearly.

As Wikipedia explains, the Parts of Holland was one of the three medieval subdivisions of Lincolnshire (the other two were Lindsey and Kesteven). Under the Local Government Act 1888 it obtained a county council, which it retained until 1974. At that point the three county councils were abolished and Lincolnshire (minus the northern part of Lindsey which became part of Humberside) had a single county council for the first time.


Blognor Regis said...

And of course it's the origin of the surname 'Holland'. It means land around a small hill. The 'hoe' part as in Plymouth Hoe I suppose.

Chris Abbott said...

Interesting picture of a real road sign. May I use it in newsletters?

Chris Abbott
Chairman Yorkshire Ridings Society
Executive Committee member Association of British Counties.

Simon Titley said...

Bring back the Soke of Peterborough, I say.

Jonathan Calder said...

Chris: You are welcome to use it. I am flattered.

The Ward Lock wooden jigsaw of the English counties that I had in the 1960s definitely had Lincolnshire has a single piece. The Soke of Peterborough and the Isle of Ely did not feature either.

Rutland did, of course.