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Lancashire, the shire county controlled by the county council is divided into local government districts, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, and Wyre.

Lancashire rivers drain westwards from the Pennines into the Irish Sea.

The Wars of the Roses tradition continued with Lancaster using the red rose symbol and York the white.

Pressure groups, including Friends of Real Lancashire and the Association of British Counties advocate the use of the historical boundaries of Lancashire for ceremonial and cultural purposes.

The county contained several mill towns and the collieries of the Lancashire Coalfield.