List of tripoints of English counties
This page contains a list of tripoints of English counties. A tripoint is the point at which three geographical regions meet.
Ceremonial county tripoints
The table contains a list of the 68 tripoints for the ceremonial counties of England as per the Lieutenancies Act 1997 as subsequently amended. Also included are the four points at which two counties meet the borders with Wales and Scotland. For each tripoint the counties are ordered with the first alphabetically given first, and the counties listed anti-clockwise around the point from there.
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Historic county tripoints
The table contains a list of the 58 principal tripoints for the historic counties of England prior to 1800.  As the English county boundaries had remained essentially unchanged since the eleventh century, the list can thus be seen to represent the "original" locations of the English county tripoints.
During the nineteenth century a number of laws, most notably the Counties Act of 1844, resulted in the relocation of some sections of historic boundaries, principally to remove detached portions of counties. With the notable exception of the creation of the metropolitan counties in 1974, the majority of the boundaries have remained unchanged since then. For comparison the locations of the tripoints in 1890 are also listed in the table, by which time the majority of the localised changes had been made. The handful of additional tripoints that were formed by detached parts of counties are not listed in the table (e.g. Devon(detached)-Dorset-Somerset, Staffordshire-Shropshire(detached)-Worcestershire(detached)).
The symbol (†) indicates that the original point still exists unchanged as a tripoint of the current ceremonial counties. (Many of the other points still exist as the meeting of three administrative districts.) For each tripoint the counties are ordered with the first alphabetically given first, and the counties listed anti-clockwise around the point from there.
- These two tripoints are just about a mile from one another, to the east of East Grinstead.
- Formerly located at
- This tripoint is located beside where the M25 motorway crosses the River Lea.
- Near to Shippea Hill railway station
- Often incorrectly believed to be a quadripoint, these two tripoints are around 20 metres apart.
- Located at the edge of "Threeshire Wood".
- Marked by a "Three Shire Stone"
- Location of the "Four Shire Stone" monument, marking the location of a former quadripoint when the site also bordered a detached area of Worcestershire.
- Marked by "Three Shire Oak".
- These two tripoints are just under a mile from one another - see No Man's Heath.
- Situated 500m north of "Three Shires Oak".
- Known as Three Shire Heads and the former location of three stones marking the boundary and shown on John Speed's map of 1612.
- "County boundary mapping from 1995". Ordnance Survey. Archived from the original on 2008-12-09.
- Ordnance Survey: First Edition, 1806
- Encyclopedia Americana Corp. (1918). Encyclopedia Americana. p. 354.
- These two tripoints are just over a mile from one another near Lechlade.
- Marked by the "Three Shire Elms"