Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Why are the new English counties not listed on the GPR?
When the GPR first started in 1998, it was decided to base the English counties on how they existed in 1900. It took this decision for a number of reasons:
- A number of local government re-organisations of England had changed names and boundaries.
- Initially, the GPR concentrated on photographing pre 1900 grave monuments.
There have been a number of re-organisations of local government which have meant that boundaries and area names changed. A good example is the county of Avon which was created in 1974 and ceased in 1996.
Another example is Rutland. It was first mentioned as a separate county in 1159 but in 1974 it ceased to be a county in its own right and became part of Leicestershire. It then converted back to being a county in 1997.