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Pressure groups, including Friends of Real Lancashire and the Association of British Counties advocate the use of the historical boundaries of Lancashire for ceremonial and cultural purposes.
Lancashire, the shire county controlled by the county council is divided into local government districts, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, and Wyre.
In the centuries after the Roman withdrawal in 410AD the northern parts of the county probably formed part of the Brythonic kingdom of Rheged, a successor entity to the Brigantes tribe.
abbreviated Lancs.) is a county in north west England.To the existing county boroughs of Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Bolton, Bootle, Burnley, Bury, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, St.Helens and Wigan were added Blackpool (1904), Southport (1905), and Warrington (1900).It did not cover the western part of Todmorden, where the ancient border between Lancashire and Yorkshire passes through the middle of the town.During the 20th century, the county became increasingly urbanised, particularly the southern part.
By the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire.