Counties of England without "-shire"

Name current counties of England whose name do not end with -shire.
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Last updated: February 24, 2018
First submittedOctober 16, 2016
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County
City of Bristol
City of London
Cornwall
Cumbria
Devon
Dorset
Durham
East Sussex
County
Essex
Greater London
Greater Manchester
Isle of Wight
Kent
Merseyside
Norfolk
Northumberland
County
Rutland
Somerset
Suffolk
Surrey
Tyne and Wear
West Midlands
West Sussex
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Level 58
Feb 22, 2018
I enjoy your quizzes and I enjoyed this one, but the description ceremonial is misleading

These are current political counties, many of which are based and/or named after ceremonial counties. Some are very new and were never ceremonial counties

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Level 48
Feb 24, 2018
Changed from "ceremonial" to "current". Cheers!
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Level 83
Nov 15, 2018
No, he'd be correct to refer to these as ceremonial counties; the term refers to areas to which a Lord Lieutenant is appointed, and includes all of what might be considered the 'modern' counties of England. Ceremonial's not the same as historic!
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Level 83
Nov 21, 2019
So-called 'Ceremonial Counties' have only existed as something distinct from counties for administrative purposes since the Lieutenancies Act 1997 that came into force on the 1st of July that year.

All the answers in this quiz had Lord Lieutenants before the act (Bristol was given Avon's from 1 April 1996). However, some counties in England were (re)created by the Act by being listed in paragraph 3. However all of them (initially) included of a county of the same name that merely covered a smaller area due to new counties being formed out of it.

The act was trying to sort out some of the mess the 90s changes were making with the creation of loads of new counties - eg East Sussex had a Lord Lieutenant already, but the newly-created (1st April '97) county of Brighton and Hove didn't and they didn't want to give it one, so East Sussex was redefined, for the purposes of the act, to consist of both the county of East Sussex and the county of Brighton and Hove.