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Lancashire in the North West of England takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. Lancashire County Council is based in Preston, however Lancaster is still considered to be the county town. Lancashire borders Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and North and West Yorkshire.
Lancashire emerged during the Industrial Revolution as a major commercial and industrial region, becoming a major centre of industrial activity and hence of wealth. The county encompassed several hundred mill towns and collieries and on the coast there was also fishing. By the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire. Accrington, Blackburn, Bolton, Chorley, Darwen and Burnley were major cotton mill towns during this time. Blackpool was a major centre for tourism for the inhabitants of Lancashire's mill towns.
Historically, the docks in Preston were an industrial port, though are now disused for commercial purposes. Lancashire was historically the location of the port of Liverpool while Barrow-in-Furness is famous for shipbuilding. Today the largest private industry in Lancashire is the defence industry with BAE Systems Military Air Solutions division based in Warton on the Fylde Coast.
Lancashire is now much smaller than its historical extent, following a major reform of local government. In 1889 an administrative county of Lancashire was created, covering the historical county except for county boroughs such as Blackburn, Burnley, Barrow-in-Furness, Preston, Liverpool and Manchester. To the existing county boroughs of Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Bolton, Bootle, Burnley, Bury, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, St Helens and Wigan were added Blackpool (1904), Southport (1905), and Warrington (1900). Nowadays, the county is divided into a number of local government districts. They are Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, the Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, and Wyre.
Lancashire has an extensive network of motorways covering the county and the West Coast Main Line provides direct rail links with London and other major cities, with stations at Preston and Lancaster. The county has many other railway stations. The county is served by Blackpool International Airport; however Manchester Airport in Greater Manchester is the main airport in the region. Liverpool John Lennon Airport, on Merseyside is also nearby.
Manchester United and Liverpool football clubs were founded within Lancashire, but which now lie outside the county borders. Lancashire County Cricket Club has been one of the most successful county cricket teams, particularly in the one-day game. It is home to England cricket team members Andrew Flintoff, James Anderson and Sajid Mahmood.
Many rugby league teams were also formerly in Lancashire such as St Helens, Wigan, and Warrington, but now fall under the counties of Merseyside, Greater Manchester, and Cheshire.
Lancashire is the origin of the Lancashire hotpot, a casserole dish traditionally made with lamb. The first fish and chip shop in northern England opened in Mossley near Oldham around 1863.
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