English counties explained
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  • Jay Foreman
    Jay Foreman

    Stick around til the very end of this video... I promise it's worth it!

    • Illjwamh

      It absolutely was

    • Tom Williams Productions
      Tom Williams Productions

      Was hoping you'd do the song

    • Fajar S
      Fajar S

      @Jay Foreman Knock knock

    • Jafar Mahmood
      Jafar Mahmood

      Is Solihull apart of Birmingham

    • Kabelo Baikgaki
      Kabelo Baikgaki

      Congrats on reaching 1 million subscribers!

  • S R
    S R

    "The Shire Reef"

  • Steve P
    Steve P

    If the Eastern Saxons came from Essex, the Southern Saxons from Sussex (east & west), the Middle Saxons from Middlesex and the Western Saxons from Wessex...why isn't there a Norsex where the Northern Saxons originated from?

  • MegKBaker

    Yeah where I live is one of them weird royal mail counties

  • Karmo

    You filthy bastards forgot Sir Patrick Stewart.

  • john lim
    john lim


  • Yusuf Atha
    Yusuf Atha

    better make a new video about every counties in england

    • Yusuf Atha
      Yusuf Atha

      Use yakko's world arrangement

  • MrSkrallis

    "Which county you're in doesn't really matter." Irish person: Does. Not. Compute.

  • Big English Stand-up
    Big English Stand-up


  • Dr. Leftfield
    Dr. Leftfield

    I have to hand it to you and Mark as i have learnt more from you than i ever did at my boringly austere public school. ( But it was in the seventies so i guess they were on track).

  • Laura J D
    Laura J D

    4:08 for some Postman Pat

  • Names dont matter
    Names dont matter

    Can we get more Politics Unboringed ever?

  • Misery Morley
    Misery Morley

    When Lord Salisbury did a cheeky bit of legal gerrymandering

  • elucidate

    Congrats on reaching a million subs!

  • Tom Goodrum
    Tom Goodrum

    Æthelstan (King Guthrum) is my ancestor :p

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  • Jen Scouts
    Jen Scouts

    Humberside was a thing when I was learning geography in school in a proper part of Yorkshire, so I never believe any of this East Riding nonsense...seems I may need to re-evaluate my stance on that.

  • Emory McDole
    Emory McDole

    you guys improve my life. consider me hat doffed

  • MatthewTheEnjoyer

    Bruhhhh, I've been pronouncing Yorkshire wrong lol

  • Austin

    If you’re not sure what your county is, just put ‘Notshire’.

  • Rafael Sabbat
    Rafael Sabbat

    What's the third map Jay is showing at the beginning actually representing?

    • Jay Foreman
      Jay Foreman

      Postal counties.

  • Bob Smith
    Bob Smith

    This series has such a 2010s youtube feel and I love it.

  • zyxwvutsrqponmlkh

    This would be so much more clear if you had Counts.

  • Paul Cook
    Paul Cook

    didn't even delve into cricket!!

  • Ashover 1234
    Ashover 1234

    Wingerworth isnt a town, it's a housing estate. Was not expecting to ever hear that on youtube though haha.

  • The Wandering Fool
    The Wandering Fool

    Seems as a county is a concept and concepts exist only within the mind and are not actually made of matter within a 3D world then NO!! Counties do not exist whether it be Yorkshire or anywhere else, only in the mind. Hope this helps to clear this issue up.

  • Cristi Neagu
    Cristi Neagu

    Meanwhile, I am still wondering why the blimmin' heck Coventry isn't in Warwickshire...

  • Joe Bleasdale
    Joe Bleasdale

    *The Pantheon of Yorkshire Greatness:* Sean Bean Jodie Whittaker Michael Parkinson Richard Whiteley Nicola Adams The Chuckle Brothers Also the best panto cast ever 😂😂😂😂

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    A W

    Map men best men

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    ComRieIon AniamtIon

    Hey Happy Million Subs!

  • GrimNoir

    *"'Yorkshire'?! What is 'Yorkshire'..?"*

  • Colin Harris
    Colin Harris

    Well done guys 😉

  • Myrddin

    Grats to the 1 000 000 :D

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    Andy Van Pelt

    Imagine if Monty Python created ISdowns videos, and you have Jay Foreman.

  • Dr. Chin
    Dr. Chin

    I dunno why Aeeeeeeeeeeeeethelstan made me laugh so much 😂🤣

  • The Finesse Kid
    The Finesse Kid

    God I wish Cleveland would quietly disappear over here too...

  • doemijmaarfriet

    This question has bugged me for years

  • anthony slattery
    anthony slattery

    Very well done

  • Joshua Robbins
    Joshua Robbins

    Would be interesting to see one about postcodes, use to live in an area of Avon (under the Avon county act - which is still enforced even though it isn't a counts) but my single postcode was under the jurisdiction of 4 different cities/councils

  • chelseafan4eva

    Kericho county, Yorkshire to be specific

  • XL Music
    XL Music

    Really wasn't expecting this to be as funny as it was haha, subbed!

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    The 95 Gang

    Congratulations on 1 million subscribers

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    congrats on 1 million subscribers!

  • Lászlo Nèmet
    Lászlo Nèmet

    Ever got across a territory - City Of London-?

  • Un Citoyen _
    Un Citoyen _

    So I guess the english counties are for the english what we call in France a département.

  • Pardon Tillinghast
    Pardon Tillinghast

    These guys look like demented thunderbird puppets

  • Samskie88

    Some of my post still comes with North Humberside in the address and it infuriates me ha..

  • MigacMagic667

    holy rigatoni! my town is visible on this map! 6:52

  • axion

    But wait isnt Rutland still a conspiracy

  • Daniel Smith
    Daniel Smith

    They backed down with Yorkshire as they have a habit of rasing an army when they don't get their way and invading.... It's especially bad when Yorkshire and Lancashire decide to slug it out and choose Leicestershire as the venue to do so!

  • Edward Lever
    Edward Lever

    when you live in the smallest county

  • Adam D
    Adam D

    Loved the song. Just needs an Extremely English Animaniac to sing it.

  • imabeapirate

    I hit like when the bird landed in the beard.

  • Nixon Kutz
    Nixon Kutz

    Where can I get the awesome paper lanterns? Thought you might havem int' online shop

    • Jay Foreman
      Jay Foreman

      They found them in Rex London. Unfortunately they’re sold out everywhere now.

  • Jakub K
    Jakub K

    "Where's Derbyshire?" Me: crying in the inside. That's where I live

  • Mateja Đedović
    Mateja Đedović

    Consign their parts most private to a Rutland tree!

  • Straight talking
    Straight talking

    Ayup lads, great video.. jus wun bit of advice - dun't try Yorkshire 't' again.. tha wu rubbish. Appn tha nos that alredy. Utherwise tha wu alreit.

  • Charles Hess
    Charles Hess

    What’s a juke?

  • Seamus T
    Seamus T

    Thank you ! Very interesting

  • Anglo Dutch
    Anglo Dutch

    Sitting too close to ''t gether, lads

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    Nicolas Kowalski

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  • Dirk Platinum
    Dirk Platinum

    In the untied states laws don’t just very state to state. Some laws even very county to county within a state in addition some cities within counties will have there own laws that ignore the laws of the county they’re within (assuming such a thing is legal in that state ) .

  • Aristocles

    Laws don't vary from one part of England to the other, apart from certain laws in the City of London regarding financial services (mostly). Laws in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland vary from those of England, often greatly. Scotland even has a legal system which isn't quite the same as English Common law, a bit like how Louisiana's system is somewhat based on French Civil Law.

  • magicwheel1

    Having naming oddities gives places a sense of history. In Melbourne they renamed the Museum train station when the museum moved away. Always thought they should have kept the old name.

  • Sophie Poyser
    Sophie Poyser

    You remembered Middlesex!!

  • TSR1989FF

    The Scotch'y lot further north have counties and boroughs (though not pronounced that way) too, but unhelpfully many a map doesn't make the effort to feature them; instead just putting "Scootlund!!" in big letters ☹️ . (because all Scot's are the same, right? [Fun Fact: No]) As someone of Ayrshire / Glaswegian stock; this is a wee bit disappointing.

  • bodoti qwiu
    bodoti qwiu

    I love that you played postman Pat's song in the background while talking about postal stuff.

  • Antti Ruonala
    Antti Ruonala

    lyrics please?

  • Buyce Boateng Ampomah
    Buyce Boateng Ampomah

    😂😂😂😂 am I the only finding this funny

    • bodoti qwiu
      bodoti qwiu

      No bullshit and point taken , you da man

  • Emporor209

    4:06 I like the way he uses the Post Man Pat them.

  • I'm bringing dabsy back
    I'm bringing dabsy back

    4:34 finally found the place my school mates used to tell me I'm from

  • Social_Grenade

    That was the best ending!

  • juan guevara
    juan guevara

    They are called cookies.

  • Daniel Miller
    Daniel Miller

    Right so what county is Middlesbrough part of if Cleveland doesn’t exist, our MP is Middlesbrough & South Cleveland? I and others put Teesside as a country but it’s not a county and I think most here would refuse that were part of County Durham

    • 1oriss

      North Yorkshire always was always is. Just forget the blip that was Teesside/Cleveland.

  • MerlinNL21


    • Jay Foreman
      Jay Foreman

      Keep watching to the very end of the video, after the ad. The full song is there.

  • Monty 4 YTUK
    Monty 4 YTUK

    Since when was Lancaster an important city in Lancashire? (I live in Lancashire)

  • Jafar Mahmood
    Jafar Mahmood

    Is Solihull apart of Birmingham

  • Oi!

    I think it's time for a change to the County system........ Answers on a Post Card.

  • Life In HD
    Life In HD

    Proud to be a Yorkshireman. Even though I live in Nottinghamshire

  • Shacklish


  • Sean Moran
    Sean Moran

    Break the Union Release England from this Imperial Shackle 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

  • TheBradleyClarke

    What I've taken away from this video, as well as everything I've learnt about we British drawing borders, is that it's always overcomplicated and never seems to go well...

  • Loreman72

    That song at the end had a *lot* more in it than Horrible Histories Monarchs' song!

  • Fredo 008
    Fredo 008

    No bullshit and point taken , you da man

  • Gabriele Genota
    Gabriele Genota

    These guys could be making up names somepoint in the video and I wouldnt notice

  • Zulvalor

    Great video thank you 😊

  • David Garfoot
    David Garfoot

    i live in clay cross chesterfield derbyshire but got a sheffield yorkshire postcode s45

  • Aryan Sigdel
    Aryan Sigdel

    Holy Shit, This felt like Flag Show from The big bang theory.

  • DizzIan

    I’m a proud citizen of Yorkshire’s overseas tea producer

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  • Ryan Couchman-Sawyer
    Ryan Couchman-Sawyer

    0:33 I believe It should technically be the Yorkshire dialect and not a Yorkshire accent as the term dialect refers to both the way a group pronounces words as well as grammar and vocabulary whilst an accent only refers to the way someone pronounces their words (It's weird and confusing and I don't fully understand the difference but there is one to linguists)

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    martyn casson

    its 3am on my night shift and I've just stumbled across what may be the most entertaining video I've seen on ISdowns for bloody ages....... very good = subscribed

  • Joel Henderson
    Joel Henderson

    Ya but at least you haven't got provinces.

  • Skeletor Having A Surprise
    Skeletor Having A Surprise

    "isn't that only for nerds?" I think you may be unaware of your target audience here lads

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      Super Mario Brothers

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      Gayle Behrens king

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      Sago Digggle

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  • Jyt

    "Yorkshire isn't a place, Yorkshire is a state of mind." I'm from Yorkshire, and that Mighty Boosh quote always stuck with me.

    • Chris BigBad
      Chris BigBad

      Now I got Jay-Z and Alicia Keys in my head blearing: Tell by my attitude that I'm most definitely from York-shire (ayy, ah-ha) (uh, yeah) Pastries of green (yeah) where dreams are made of There's nothin' you can't do (yeah) (okay)

    • Admiral Trollson
      Admiral Trollson

      That's the mighty boosh! I was convinced I had heard that before

  • Anto banto
    Anto banto

    No wander this lot has voted for Brexit. They can't even sort things out within their own little country 😂