"The county was subject to a significant
boundary reform in 1974, which removed Liverpool and Manchester with
most of their surrounding conurbations to form part of the metropolitan
counties of Merseyside and Greater Manchester respectively. At this
time, the detached northern part of Lancashire in the Lake District,
including the Furness Peninsula and Cartmel, was made part of Cumbria.
Today the county borders Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and
North and West Yorkshire. The Duchy of Lancaster exercises the right
of the Crown in the area known as the County Palatine of Lancaster,
which includes the counties of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and
The area under the control of the county council is divided into a
number of local government districts. They are Burnley, Chorley, Fylde,
Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, the Ribble Valley, Rossendale,
South Ribble, West Lancashire, and Wyre. Blackpool and Blackburn with
Darwen are unitary authorities".
Source: Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.com).