It's a phenomenon I also observed in those parts of England I lived and worked in: it was West Cumbria not just plain Cumbria (folk from Maryport would consider Ambleside as being on another planet, never mind county); Manchester not Lancashire (aka "The Woolyback"); London not Middlesex, Surrey, Essex etc. The only reason I guess I must have lived in Surrey was that the Oval was the closest cricket ground to my digs; none of my flatmates or work colleagues certainly had a clue when I asked them. Perhaps it's a rural v urban thing, although there's plenty of the Yorkshire Republican Army residing in Leeds and Sheffield to disprove that theory.
Anyway, regardless what the cosmopolitan sophisticates of Ballymacarrett, Cleator Moor or Camberwell may think, more than a few people will be disturbed by this news:
The names of counties appear set to be dropped from official postal addresses.The truth is, of course, that the Post Office is not really "banning" counties, it's just saying that they're not really that important anymore...cue the outrage.
Royal Mail has been consulting on a plan to delete counties from the 28 million-strong address database used by companies and public bodies.