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Middlesex is the second smallest of the historic counties of England. The county contained the politically independent City of London on its southern boundary and was dominated by it from a very early time.
The county was significantly affected by the expansion of the metropolitan area of London in both the 18th and 19th centuries; such that from 1855 the south east was administered as part of the metropolis. When county councils were initially introduced in England in 1889 around 20% of the area of Middlesex, and a third of its population, was transferred to the County of London, and the remainder formed a smaller county, in the north west, under the control of Middlesex County Council.
After a Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London, almost all of the original area was incorporated into an enlarged Greater London in 1965, with small parts transferred to neighbouring Hertfordshire and Surrey. Despite the disappearance of the county, Middlesex is still used informally as an area name and was retained as a postal county.
From 1839 Middlesex saw a fundamental shift away from agricultural supply for London towards large scale house building. Tottenham, Edmonton and Enfield in the northeast developed first as working class residential suburbs with easy access to central London. The line to Windsor through Middlesex was completed in 1848, to Potter's Bar in 1850 and the Metropolitan District Railways extended into the county in 1878. Closer to London, the districts of Acton, Willesden, Ealing and Hornsey came within reach of the tram and bus networks, providing cheap transport to central London.
In 1900 the part of the County of London that had been transferred from Middlesex was divided in into 18 metropolitan boroughs. These were then merged in 1965 to form the seven present-day inner-London boroughs:
On its creation in 1965, Greater London was divided into five commission areas for the administration of justice. Middlesex consisted of the boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. This was abolished on 1 July 2003.
Middlesex County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure. Middlesex University is located in the historic county boundaries of Middlesex from which it takes its name. As is the case with many former polytechnics, Middlesex was formally organised as a teaching institution relatively recently (in 1973), yet can trace its history back to 19th century.
Geographically co-located so close to London, with excellent overground, underground and bus transport links, Middlesex is a true 'commuter county' with much of the population working in and around London. Middlesex therefore offers a wide selection of traditional leasehold offices to rent and flexible serviced offices to let, as well as virtual office space and meeting rooms to hire. For competitive prices deal on office space to rent in Middlesex contact the leading Middlesex commercial office broker via http://freeofficesearch.co.uk or telephone our Middlesex office directly on 020 8181 9695. We guarantee that one of our experts with local knowledge of the Middlesex county will save you money on your office rental today.