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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, taking its name from the town of Buckingham, is a southern inland shire, lying near the middle of England, equi-distant between the North Sea, at the mouth of the Thames, and the Bristol Channel. Its area is rather below the middle size of English shires; the main length of 53 miles is from north-west to south-east, and its greatest breadth about 47 miles; the shape is very irregular, and it has few natural boundmarks. On the north it is bounded by Northamptonshire; on the east by Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Middlesex, from which latter it is parted by the Colne; on the south the Thames parts it from Berkshire; on the west it is bounded by Oxfordshire.
Transcribed from Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire, 1915