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Today is 30th May 2017 .
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Wikishire is where you may find the best of Britain and Ireland.

Wikishire is where you are; whether you are on the Shetland islands or the South Shetland Islands, or the places between, Wikishire is a growing guide on all you need to know about the British and Irish lands.

Tell the world what you love about your home. Each shire, from Kent to Kerry is here, with ever-growing detail; if your town or village is not in Wikishire, or if something important is missed out, then log on, then -

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To begin, you can peruse the list of counties of the UK or Republic of Ireland, or even go directly to a random page! To accompany the encyclopædia we also have an interactive map of the counties of the British Isles.

Today's featured image is:

The Buttercross and church in Oakham, Rutland


Oakham is the county town of Rutland. It stands to the west of Rutland Water, one of the largest man-made lakes in the British Isles. It is in the pretty Vale of Catmose, whose verdant fields rise up all around the town.

Only the great hall of the Norman castle is still standing, surrounded by steep earthworks marking the inner bailey. The hall is the earliest hall of any British castle surviving so completely. It is still in occasional use as a courthouse. A peculiar custom attaches to the castle: by tradition any peer of the realm entering Oakham must forfeit a horseshoe, and in honour of this custom the castle is hung with a great number of ceremonial horseshoes presented by visiting lords and princes (Read more)

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A wiki is a collaborative website with certain standard functions allowing easy editing of pages by anyone. At Wikishire, you may log on and start work right away.

Few things stay still for long, and here you can keep updating or improving the articles. A wiki is a constant work in progress.