Spelthorne Borough Council bears the name of an ancient Middlesex Hundred: an administrative area dating way back to mid-Saxon times.
May 16th, Middlesex Day, celebrates 1320 years (one thousand three hundred and twenty years) of our great County but please, not be confused with a Middlesex County Council, which lasted only 76 years and even then ruled only 2/3rds of the geographical County. The two are not and have never been the same.
Middlesex Day, May 16th, was chosen as our County day in remembrance of the heroic Middlesex Regiment. On that day in May, 1811 the Middlesex held back the might of Napoleon at the battle of Albuhera, Spain, where they earned the glorious nickname: ‘The Diehards’.
The Middlesex’ Great War regimental drum is forever under the guardianship of St Mary’s Church, Staines, where it hangs with the County’s colours in memory of the men of the Middlesex who made the ultimate sacrifice.
All towns and villages in the borough are tightly bound together under one richly historic identity – that of Middlesex. Not just for one day but always. May 16th is a time to celebrate, remember and recognise our very own County of Middlesex.
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Russell John Dammerall Grant is a British astrologer and media personality. He has written several books on astrology, provides syndicated newspaper horoscopes and operates premium rate astrology phone lines. He is the he Lord of Ashford in Middlesex and founder of the Association of British Counties, and the author of The Real Counties of Britain.