I found this BBC article ‘What’s the point of counties?’ rather interesting, given my own geographical position. I live in Henley-0n-Thames, which is in South Oxfordshire yet in reality sits astride three counties: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
This can present an irritating array of problems depending on one’s public sector needs. For example, our postcodes are listed as RG, which relates to Reading – in Berkshire. The potholes on our roads seem to vary in severity depending on whether the road in question is found in Oxon, Bucks or Berks – it may seem trivial but there is a surprisingly disparity between the three county councils ( although all have failed to erase the problem). Walk across the bridge and a county boundary is crossed. And if it comes to public sector responsibility, inevitably it is always that of one of the other counties.