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20 Facts About Lancashire
The Lancashire Constabulary covers the shire county and the unitary authorities.
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Lancashire contains green belt interspersed throughout the county, covering much of the southern districts and towns throughout the Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, and The Fylde coastal plains to prevent convergence with the nearby Merseyside and Greater Manchester conurbations.
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The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire is Queen's personal representative in the ceremonial county and has been Charles Kay-Shuttleworth since 1997.
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The High Sheriff of Lancashire is the Queen's judicial representative, a position which is a largely ceremonial and changes holder each year.
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Lancashire in the 19th century was a major centre of economic activity, and hence one of wealth.
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Lancashire was historically the location of the port of Liverpool while Barrow-in-Furness is famous for shipbuilding.
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Lancashire economy relies strongly on the M6 motorway which runs from north to south, past Lancaster and Preston.
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In 2004 Lancashire took the winning title at the Inter-counties championships from Yorkshire who had held it for 7 years.
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Lancashire has a long history of wrestling, developing its own style called Lancashire wrestling, with many clubs that over the years have produced many renowned wrestlers.
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Lancashire has a long and highly productive tradition of music making.
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Lancashire had a lively culture of choral and classical music, with very large numbers of local church choirs from the 17th century, leading to the foundation of local choral societies from the mid-18th century, often particularly focused on performances of the music of Handel and his contemporaries.
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Lancashire produced more populist figures, such as early musical theatre composer Leslie Stuart, born in Southport, who began his musical career as organist of Salford Cathedral.
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Lancashire is the origin of the Lancashire hotpot, a casserole dish traditionally made with lamb.
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