Historical English Districts, Architecture, Furniture, and Carpets, oh my!

view of Sherborne CastleBecause I’ll be off to France in another month, I’m squeezing a blog in early, which means I haven’t really had time to think about it. As a result, you are the recipient of my Irish blather—which is more or less how I write. I’ll hope it all comes together by the end!

I have mentioned a time or two that Wycliffe Manor, (and that’s not it in the image but a similar effect, perhaps) the star of my Gravesyde Priory romantic mystery series, is an exclave of Shropshire. Now, I am no student of English districting laws. I do know map of England showing Worcestershirethat the shires or counties or whatever they were called changed regularly, most likely for political reasons. Just to show I am Not Making This Up, in the last 150 years, Worcestershire has had parts of its border modified to be included in West Midlands and Hereford and back again. According to Wikipedia, Worcestershire has the most exclaves of any other county (probably because of the above boundary shifts). There are exclaves of Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Shropshire floating about within its borders. One town, Tardebigge, has belonged to Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire over the centuries. So I don’t feel the least bit guilty by giving the inhabitants of my manor permission to be utterly confused as to where they send their prisoners!

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