Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has joined with Members of Parliament from across the historic County Palatine (and the modern-day Duchy) of Lancaster, to celebrate the 27th November as Lancashire Day. The 27th November is an important date. On this day in 1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as “The Model Parliament”.
Although the administrative boundaries of Lancashire have been altered a number of times throughout history, the most radical being in April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972; most people are not aware that the Duchy of Lancaster remains as a legal entity and administrative unit, and encompasses the entirety of the present day Counties of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside (including those parts formerly in Cheshire and Yorkshire West Riding prior to 1974).
Both the towns of Audenshaw and Denton (which was unified with Haughton in 1894) were jointly administered by their respective Urban District Councils and the Lancashire County Council right up until March 31st 1974.
Reddish and the Heatons were transferred to Stockport in 1901, as the only parts of ‘historic Lancashire’ to be put within the then County Borough of Stockport (which was then in the ceremonial county of Cheshire). “County of Lancaster” can still be made out in the stonework on the old Reddish police station – although Lancaster has at one time been chiselled off – and Lancashire Hill gets its name from being located on the Lancashire side of the Rivers Mersey and Tame.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Lancashire Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage. The Lancaster Day tradition goes back to 1295, and was first celebrate when the very foundation of our present day democracy were being laid. It’s great that once a year we can set our modern allegiances to one side and enjoy the 900 years linking Audenshaw, denton, Haughton, Reddish and the Heaton to the historic County Palatine of Lancaster.”
“And of course, not many people realise that in 1974, the whole of Greater Manchester was made part of the Duchy of Lancaster – it certainly might come as a shock revelation to my constituents across the Tame in Dukinfield, who are as proud of their historic Cheshire associations. But as the 27th November is Lancashire Day, let’s celebrate as Lancastrians!”
The Loyal Proclamation:
“To the people of the city and county palatine of Lancaster. Greetings!
Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Seventeen, the 65th year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is Lancashire Day.
Know ye also, and rejoice, that by virtue of Her Majesty’s County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens of the Hundreds of Lonsdale, North and South of the Sands, Amounderness, Leyland, Blackburn, Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style themselves Lancastrians.
Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines, this day shall ever mark the people’s pleasure in that excellent distinction – true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.”