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For administrative purposes the county held two regions, Middlesex-North with its county seat in Lowell, and Middlesex-South with its county seat in Cambridge.
The county was created by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, when it was ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four shires". Middlesex initially contained Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Boston annexed several adjacent cities and towns including Charlestown and Brighton from Middlesex County, resulting in an enlargement of Suffolk County.
Cities and Towns
Cambridge, a city and county seat
Everett, a city
Lowell, a city and county seat
Malden, a city
Marlborough, a city
Medford, a city
Melrose, a city
Newton, a city
Somerville, a city
Waltham, a city
Watertown, a town but legally a city
Woburn, a city
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