Trouble is, "East Anglia" (government "economic regions" aside) does not traditionally include Bedfordhire and Hertfordshire (some would say that East Anglia is really only Norfolk and Suffolk, though most would nowadays admit Cambridgeshire and Essex too). What the BBC calls "The Eastern Counties" encompasses the counties included here (plus Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, though I think that has more to do with transmitter coverage than anything else) -- might that not be a better name for the present article? -- Picapica 14:37, 3 Oct 2004 (EDT)
Well, for me East Anglia is only Norfolk, Suffolk, (the new, well really Cambridgeshire) Huntingdonshire and probably Cambridgeshire. Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex are part of the South East. They have only been included in the government's / EU's new "Eastern England" region to make it bigger and more equal with the others (as well as doing the reverse to the South East). -- DanielC 17:11, 6 Jun 2005 (EDT)
This article needs to be moved back to its original "East England" name. ~ 220.127.116.11 15:30, 24 March 2007 (EDT)
I concur with both the conclusions and the reasoning of the two contributions above this one.
I was born and bred in Hertford and certainly don't regard myself as East Anglian. So we are all in agreement. Who can change this?Shep 11:08, 7 November 2009 (EST)
Hmm. Regional issues are the bugbear of Wikitravel :). I would just (only just) agree with changing the article title back to East England. The problem with that though has already been identified - East England could mean (and does mean) areas way to the north of the scope of this article. East Anglia is normally only used to refer to Norfolk and Suffolk (with small bits of Essex and Cambs perhaps). Certainly not Hertfordshire and Bedforshire. But, do folks in Herts and Beds regard themselves as living in East England? That is far from certain. I just come down on the side of changing back to East England but it is far from obvious. To answer your question Shep - Anyone can change this. But it is right that it is discussed first. --Burmesedays 11:29, 7 November 2009 (EST)