Lancashire, sometimes called the County of Lancaster, is in the North West of England and home to almost one and a half million people.
A wealthy county in the mid nineteenth century because of heavy industry, including textiles and mining, the docks at Preston were also in commercial use at that time and Barrow-in-Furness became famous for shipbuilding.
The defence industry dominates today alongside nuclear power and manufacturing firms include Leyland Trucks, Baxi, Crown Paints and Hanson plc.
Other industries include Airline Network, Enterprise plc, XChanging, Thwaites Brewery and National Savings and Investments. The M6 motorway is the major connecting route running from north to south of the county.