Lancashire ( or, less commonly, ) is a non-metropolitan coonty o historic oreegin in the North Wast o Ingland. It takes its name frae the ceety o Lancaster, an is sometimes kent as the Coonty o Lancaster. Although Lancaster is still considered tae be the coonty toun, Lancashire Coonty Cooncil is based in Preston. Lancashire is sometimes referred tae bi the abbreviation Lancs, as oreeginally uised bi the Royal Mail. The population o the coonty is 1,449,700. Fowk frae the coonty are kent as Lancastrians.