When the inaugural members of Lancashire County Council met for the first time 130 years ago this week, the authority’s geographical spread was almost as boundless as its responsibilities. Back then, the council area encompassed Liverpool, Manchester and the Lake District – a definition of Lancashire for which some, of course, still yearn. Across its 1,700 square miles of territory, County Hall touched almost every aspect of the lives of its residents.Like the other county authorities created across the country in April 1889, Lancashire was in charge of everything from the police and public health to food and farming. The council was also handed the power to levy taxes to pay for the services which it had to deliver.Responsibilities have come and gone – and, in some cases, come back again – in the intervening years, but the countless decisions made in the committee rooms of County Hall are all recorded in the authority’s archive.To mark the 130th anniversary of the formation of the council, a series of small exhibitions will run for the rest of the year, each charting a different area of work in which the authority has been involved. “Some of it might surprise people,” says the… Read full this story
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