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Location in England

Middlesex was a county in England , which is now largely in the area of Greater London and includes its northwestern suburbs. Middlesex is one of the 39 traditional counties in England. In the county was the city of London , which has been a self-governing body since the 13th century .


The county is the first time mention in 704 as Middleseaxan what has been called "Middle Saxons" (in present-day English Mittelsachsen would) call. Middlesex is centrally located in the area where the Saxons settled from the sixth century AD . Neighboring were Sussex (South Saxons; South Saxony ), Wessex (West Saxons; West Saxony ) and Essex (East Saxons; East Saxony ).

In 1888 a large part of Middlesex was added to the County of London . It roughly corresponds to the area of ​​today's London boroughs Camden , Hackney , Hammersmith and Fulham , Kensington and Chelsea , Islington , Tower Hamlets and Westminster . With urbanization in the first half of the 20th century , the area was completely built on.

In 1965 the remainder of Middlesex was largely incorporated into Greater London ; only the Urban District Potters Bar came to Hertfordshire and the two Urban Districts Sunbury-on-Thames and Staines went to Surrey . Most of the county became part of the London boroughs of Barnet , Brent , Ealing , Enfield , Haringey , Harrow , Hillingdon and Hounslow .

In 1974, the Spelthorne district was formed in Surrey from the two urban districts Sunbury-on-Thames and Staines . In 1995 the settlement of Poyle came from Spelthorne to the town of Slough in Berkshire .

However, Middlesex is still used as a term such as: B. for Middlesex University . The county name was officially listed by the Royal Mail as Postal County until 1996 . Even today the name of the county is used by the vast majority of the British as an address suffix.

In the Richmond and Twickenham area , the north bank of the Thames is often referred to as the Middlesex Bank and the south bank is often referred to as the Surrey Bank. This is particularly important in the famous Boat Race .

Places in the former county

Administrative division

Middlesex had the following administrative structure from 1894 to 1965:

  1. Potter's Bar
  2. Enfield
  3. Southgate
  4. Edmonton
  5. Tottenham
  6. Wood Green
  7. Friern Barnet
  8. Hornsey
  9. Finchley
  10. Hendon
  11. Harrow
  12. Ruislip-Northwood
  13. Uxbridge
Administrative division of Middlesex
  1. Ealing
  2. Wembley
  3. Willesden
  4. Acton
  5. Brentford and Chiswick
  6. Heston and Isleworth
  7. Southall
  8. Hayes and Harlington
  9. Yiewsley and West Drayton
  10. Staines
  11. Feltham
  12. Twickenham
  13. Sunbury-on-Thames

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