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The West Country
West Country
is a loosely defined area of south western England.[1] The term usually encompasses the historic counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and often the counties of Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
and Wiltshire[2]. The region is host to distinctive regional dialects and accents.[3] Area boundaries[edit] Apart from the Bristol Channel
Bristol Channel
and English Channel, the West Country's boundaries are not precisely defined and as a consequence there are a number of different definitions used. Some definitions are roughly synonymous with the administrative South West Region,[4][5][6] while others use it more specifically to refer to just the southwestern part.[7] The term is also used, for example, to refer to sports matches between such cities as Bristol and Bath[8] or Gloucester and Bath.[9] West Country Carnival
West Country Carnival
events take place in Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire
Wiltshire
and Dorset. ITV Westcountry
ITV Westcountry
is an ITV franchise covering Devon, Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and areas of Somerset
Somerset
and Dorset. Local news and sport website "This is the Westcountry", part of the Newsquest
Newsquest
group, similarly covers Devon, Cornwall
Cornwall
and Somerset.[10] " West Country
West Country
Lamb" and " West Country
West Country
Beef" have EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status which can be applied only to lamb and beef products from animals born and reared in Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset
Dorset
or Gloucestershire.[11] " West Country
West Country
Farmhouse Cheddar" is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) that can be applied to Cheddar cheese
Cheddar cheese
made in the traditional way only in the four counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon
Devon
and Cornwall.[12] The Department for Culture, Media and Sport-supported website "Icons of England"[13] defines the West Country
West Country
as including Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, and the former Avon area, but excluding Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
(defined as part of the "West Midlands") and Dorset (in "South England"). The "West Country" edition of the 2005 BBC TV series Seven Natural Wonders featured "wonders" in Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, and Herefordshire
Herefordshire
(Symonds Yat), but not those in Devon
Devon
or Cornwall which were the subject of a separate programme on the "South West", nor Dorset
Dorset
which was covered in a programme on "The South". The " West Country
West Country
Clothing District" was an area that made woollen cloth, but only part of the region described above. It covered east Somerset
Somerset
and parts of the counties of Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
and Wiltshire and at some periods extended into Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The clothing district around Tiverton and Exeter
Exeter
in Devon
Devon
and west Somerset
Somerset
tended to make different kinds of cloth and is best regarded as distinct. The former brewery in Cheltenham
Cheltenham
traded as West Country
West Country
Ales, whose ceramic plaques can still be seen built into pub walls.[14] See also[edit]

Scrumpy and Western
Scrumpy and Western
music South West Peninsula Wessex West of England West Country
West Country
derby

References[edit]

^ "the West Country". Retrieved 2 May 2017.  ^ Guide to the West Country ^ "THE DEVON DIALECT CHALLENGE". Retrieved 2 May 2017.  ^ "BBC - "ITV West Country
West Country
staff to be axed", referring to Bristol and Plymouth". BBC News. 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2010-05-22.  ^ "Blue Badge Tourist Guides - The West Country". Blue-badge-guides.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-05-22.  ^ "The West Country". Pictures of England. 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2010-05-22.  ^ [1] ^ "Derby match excites Hill & Meehan". BBC News. 2008-07-04.  ^ The Times - "Gloucester rough and ready for West Country
West Country
derby" ^ This is the Westcountry.co.uk. Accessed 20 November 2012 ^ [2] ^ "PDO - our provenance". West Country
West Country
Farmhouse Cheesemakers. Retrieved 2008-09-20.  ^ " West Country
West Country
- Icons of England". Icons.org.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-22.  ^ " West Country
West Country
Ales Ceramic Plaques". CAMRA Gloucestershire. Retrieved 3 Sep

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