This question is sparked by an amendment made to a previous question made by ColeValleyGirl (for which I thank her).
I "believed" (possibly from seeing it on birth records, but I cannot cite an example) that the county name (such as Worcestershire) was sometimes shortened (to Worcester) by dropping the suffix. As in my question about the nail-makers, this risks introducing confusion with the town of the same name.
Are there ever circumstances (such as classes of records, or even some counties) where this type of abbreviation occurs, or have I just developed a very bad habit?
(I am now about to launch a GREP search on my data to see how much correction I need to do.)