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 Merseyside.
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".