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YORKSHIRE (/ˈjɔːrkʃər/ or /ˈjɔːrkʃɪər/ ; abbreviated YORKS), formally known as the COUNTY OF YORK, is a historic county of Northern England
Northern England
and the largest in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
. Due to its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform . Throughout these changes, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has continued to be recognised as a geographical territory and cultural region . The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military , and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire , South Yorkshire , West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
.

Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
are areas which are widely considered to be among the greenest in England, due to the vast stretches of unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Dales and North York Moors and to the open aspect of some of the major cities. Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has sometimes been nicknamed "God\'s Own County" or "God\'s Own Country" .

The emblem of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
is the White Rose of the English royal House of York
York
, and the most commonly used flag representative of Yorkshire is the White Rose on a blue background, which after nearly fifty years of use, was recognised by the Flag Institute on 29 July 2008. Yorkshire Day , held annually on 1 August, is a celebration of the general culture of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
, ranging from its history to its own dialect .

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
is now divided between different official regions . Most of the county falls within Yorkshire and the Humber . The extreme northern part of the county falls within North East England . Following boundary changes in 1974, small areas in the west of the historic county now form part of North West England .

CONTENTS

* 1 Toponymy

* 2 History

* 2.1 Celtic tribes * 2.2 Roman Yorkshire
Yorkshire
* 2.3 Second Celtic period and Angles * 2.4 Kingdom of Jórvík
Jórvík
* 2.5 Norman conquest * 2.6 Wars of the Roses * 2.7 Saints, Civil War and textile industry * 2.8 Yorkshire
Yorkshire
today

* 3 Geography

* 3.1 Physical and geological * 3.2 Natural areas * 3.3 Cities and towns

* 4 Economy * 5 Transport

* 6 Culture

* 6.1 Architecture * 6.2 Literature and art * 6.3 Sport * 6.4 Cuisine * 6.5 Beer and brewing * 6.6 Music * 6.7 Film and television productions

* 7 Governance

* 7.1 Politics * 7.2 Distinctive identity and devolution campaigns * 7.3 Monarchy and peerage

* 8 Notable people * 9 See also * 10 Notes * 11 References * 12 External links

TOPONYMY

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
or the County of York
York
was so named as it is the shire (administrative area or county) of the city of York
York
locally /ˈjɔːk/ ( listen ) or York's Shire. "York" comes from the Viking
Viking
name for the city, Jórvík
Jórvík
. " Shire
Shire
" is from Old English
Old English
, scir meaning care or official charge. The "shire" suffix is locally pronounced /-ʃə/ "shuh", or occasionally /-ʃiə/, a homophone of "sheer".

HISTORY

Main article: History of Yorkshire
History of Yorkshire

CELTIC TRIBES

Early inhabitants of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
were Celts
Celts
, who formed two separate tribes, the Brigantes and the Parisi . The Brigantes controlled territory which later became all of the North Riding of Yorkshire
North Riding of Yorkshire
and the West Riding of Yorkshire . The tribe controlled most of Northern England and more territory than any other Celtic tribe in England. That they had the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
area as their heartland is evident in that Isurium Brigantum (now known as Aldborough ) was the capital town of their civitas under Roman rule. Six of the nine Brigantian poleis described by Claudius Ptolemaeus in the Geographia fall within the historic county. The Parisi, who controlled the area that would become the East Riding of Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire
, might have been related to the Parisii of Lutetia Parisiorum , Gaul
Gaul
(known today as Paris
Paris
, France
France
). Their capital was at Petuaria , close to the Humber estuary. Although the Roman conquest of Britain began in 43 AD, the Brigantes remained in control of their kingdom as a client state of Rome for an extended period, reigned over by the Brigantian monarchs Cartimandua
Cartimandua
and her husband Venutius . Initially, this situation suited both the Romans and the Brigantes, who were known as the most militant tribe in Britain.

ROMAN YORKSHIRE

Statue of Constantine I outside York
York
Minster .

Queen Cartimandua
Cartimandua
left her husband Venutius for his armour bearer, Vellocatus , setting off a chain of events which changed control of the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
area. Cartimandua, due to her good relationship with the Romans, was able to keep control of the kingdom; however her former husband staged rebellions against her and her Roman allies. At the second attempt, Venutius seized the kingdom, but the Romans, under general Petillius Cerialis , conquered the Brigantes in 71 AD.

The fortified city of Eboracum (now known as York
York
) was named as capital of Britannia Inferior and joint-capital of all Roman Britain
Roman Britain
. During the two years before the death of Emperor Septimius Severus
Septimius Severus
, the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
was run from Eboracum by him.

Another emperor, Constantius Chlorus
Constantius Chlorus
, died in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
during a visit in 306 AD. This saw his son Constantine the Great proclaimed emperor in the city, who would become renowned due to his contributions to Christianity
Christianity
. In the early 5th century, the Roman rule ceased with the withdrawal of the last active Roman troops. By this stage, the Western Empire was in intermittent decline.

SECOND CELTIC PERIOD AND ANGLES

After the Romans left, small Celtic kingdoms arose in Yorkshire; the Kingdom of Ebrauc around York
York
and more notably the Kingdom of Elmet in West Yorkshire . Elmet remained independent from the Germanic Northumbrian Angles until some time in the early 7th century, when King Edwin of Northumbria expelled its last king, Certic, and annexed the region. At its greatest extent, Northumbria
Northumbria
stretched from the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
to the North Sea
North Sea
and from Edinburgh
Edinburgh
down to Hallamshire
Hallamshire
in South Yorkshire.

KINGDOM OF JóRVíK

Main article: Kingdom of Jórvík
Jórvík
Coin from Eric Bloodaxe's reign

An army of Danish Vikings , the Great Heathen Army as its enemies often referred to it, invaded Northumbrian territory in 866 AD. The Danes conquered and assumed what is now York
York
and renamed it Jórvík
Jórvík
, making it the capital city of a new Danish kingdom under the same name. The area which this kingdom covered included most of Southern Northumbria, roughly equivalent to the borders of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
extending further West.

The Danes went on to conquer an even larger area of England that afterwards became known as the Danelaw ; but whereas most of the Danelaw was still English land, albeit in submission to Viking overlords, it was in the Kingdom of Jórvík
Jórvík
that the only truly Viking
Viking
territory on mainland Britain was ever established. The Kingdom prospered, taking advantage of the vast trading network of the Viking nations, and established commercial ties with the British Isles
British Isles
, North-West Europe , the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
and the Middle East
Middle East
.

Founded by the Dane Halfdan Ragnarsson in 875, ruled for the great part by Danish kings, and populated by the families and subsequent descendants of Danish Vikings, the leadership of the kingdom nonetheless passed into Norwegian hands during its twilight years. Eric Bloodaxe , an ex-king of Norway
Norway
who was the last independent Viking
Viking
king of Jórvík, is a particularly noted figure in history, and his bloodthirsty approach towards leadership may have been at least partly responsible for convincing the Danish inhabitants of the region to accept English sovereignty so readily in the years that followed.

After around 100 years of its volatile existence, the Kingdom of Jorvik finally came to an end. The Kingdom of Wessex was now in its ascendant and established its dominance over the North in general, placing Yorkshire
Yorkshire
again within Northumbria
Northumbria
, which retained a certain amount of autonomy as an almost-independent earldom rather than a separate kingdom. The Wessex Kings of England were reputed to have respected the Norse customs in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and left law-making in the hands of the local aristocracy.

NORMAN CONQUEST

York
York
Minster, western elevation

In the weeks immediately leading up to the Battle of Hastings
Battle of Hastings
in 1066 AD, Harold II of England was distracted by events in Yorkshire. His brother Tostig and Harold Hardrada , King of Norway
Norway
, attempted a takeover in the north, having won the Battle of Fulford
Battle of Fulford
. The King of England marched North where the two armies met at the Battle of Stamford Bridge . Tostig and Hardrada were both killed and their army was defeated decisively. However, Harold Godwinson was forced immediately to march his army back down to the South where William the Conqueror was landing. The King was defeated at Hastings, which led to the Norman conquest of England
Norman conquest of England
.

The people of the North rebelled against the Normans
Normans
in September 1069 AD, enlisting Sweyn II of Denmark
Sweyn II of Denmark
. They tried to take back York, but the Normans
Normans
burnt it before they could. What followed was the Harrying of the North
Harrying of the North
ordered by William. From York
York
to Durham , crops, domestic animals, and farming tools were scorched . Many villages between the towns were burnt and local northerners were indiscriminately murdered. During the winter that followed, families starved to death and thousands of peasants died of cold and hunger. Orderic Vitalis put the estimation at "more than 100,000" people from the North died from hunger.

In the centuries following, many abbeys and priories were built in Yorkshire. Norman landowners were keen to increase their revenues and established new towns such as Barnsley
Barnsley
, Doncaster
Doncaster
, Hull , Leeds
Leeds
, Scarborough , Sheffield
Sheffield
, among others. Of towns founded before the conquest, only Bridlington , Pocklington
Pocklington
, and York
York
continued at a prominent level. The population of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
boomed until hit by the Great Famine in the years between 1315 and 1322.

In the early 12th century, people of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
had to contend with the Battle of the Standard
Battle of the Standard
at Northallerton
Northallerton
with the Scots . Representing the Kingdom of England led by Archbishop Thurstan
Thurstan
of York , soldiers from Yorkshire
Yorkshire
defeated the more numerous Scots.

The Black Death
Black Death
reached Yorkshire
Yorkshire
by 1349, killing around a third of the population.

WARS OF THE ROSES

Further information: House of York and Wars of the Roses Yorkist king Richard III grew up at Middleham .

When King Richard II was overthrown in 1399, antagonism between the House of York and the House of Lancaster , both branches of the royal House of Plantagenet , began to emerge. Eventually the two houses fought for the throne of England in a series of civil wars , commonly known as the Wars of the Roses . Some of the battles took place in Yorkshire, such as those at Wakefield
Wakefield
and Towton , the latter of which is known as the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Richard III was the last Yorkist king.

Henry Tudor , sympathiser to the House of Lancaster, defeated and killed Richard at the Battle of Bosworth Field . He then became King Henry VII and married Elizabeth of York
York
, daughter of Yorkist Edward IV , ending the wars. The two roses of white and red, emblems of the Houses of York
York
and Lancaster respectively, were combined to form the Tudor Rose
Tudor Rose
of England. This rivalry between the royal houses of York and Lancaster has passed into popular culture as a rivalry between the counties of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and Lancashire
Lancashire
, particularly in sport (for example the Roses Match played in County Cricket
County Cricket
), although the House of Lancaster was based in York
York
and the House of York in London. In football, matches between Manchester United and Leeds
Leeds
United are usually described as "War of the Roses" games , the teams' home kits being the colour of the respective rose.

SAINTS, CIVIL WAR AND TEXTILE INDUSTRY

The wool textile industry which had previously been a cottage industry centred on the old market towns moved to the West Riding where entrepreneurs were building mills that took advantage of water power gained by harnessing the rivers and streams flowing from the Pennines . The developing textile industry helped Wakefield
Wakefield
and Halifax grow.

The English Reformation began under Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536 led to a popular uprising known as Pilgrimage of Grace , started in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
as a protest. Some Catholics in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
continued to practise their religion and those caught were executed during the reign of Elizabeth I . One such person was a York woman named Margaret Clitherow who was later canonised . Battle of Marston Moor in 1644

During the English Civil War , which started in 1642, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
had divided loyalties; Hull famously shut the gates of the city on the king when he came to enter a few months before fighting began, while the North Riding of Yorkshire
North Riding of Yorkshire
in particular was strongly royalist . York
York
was the base for Royalists, and from there they captured Leeds and Wakefield
Wakefield
only to have them recaptured a few months later. The royalists won the Battle of Adwalton Moor meaning they controlled Yorkshire
Yorkshire
(with the exception of Hull). From their base in Hull the Parliamentarians ("Roundheads") fought back, re-taking Yorkshire
Yorkshire
town by town, until they won the Battle of Marston Moor and with it control of all of the North of England
North of England
.

In the 16th and 17th centuries Leeds
Leeds
and other wool industry centred towns continued to grow, along with Huddersfield, Hull and Sheffield, while coal mining first came into prominence in the West Riding of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
. Canals and turnpike roads were introduced in the late 18th century. In the following century the spa towns of Harrogate and Scarborough flourished, due to people believing mineral water had curative properties. Titus Salt
Titus Salt
's mill in Saltaire
Saltaire
, Bradford is an UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO World Heritage Site
. Play media These grandiose Victorian engineering tunnels were built in the 1800s to channel the River Aire
River Aire
underneath the modern-day structure of Leeds
Leeds
railway station.

The 19th century saw Yorkshire's continued growth, with the population growing and the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
continuing with prominent industries in coal , textile and steel (especially in Sheffield
Sheffield
and Rotherham ). However, despite the booming industry, living conditions declined in the industrial towns due to overcrowding, this saw bouts of cholera in both 1832 and 1848. Fortunately for the county, advances were made by the end of the century with the introduction of modern sewers and water supplies . Several Yorkshire
Yorkshire
railway networks were introduced as railways spread across the country to reach remote areas. County councils were created for the three ridings in 1889, but their area of control did not include the large towns, which became county boroughs , and included an increasingly large part of the population.

During the Second World War
Second World War
, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
became an important base for RAF Bomber Command and brought the county into the cutting edge of the war.

YORKSHIRE TODAY

Main article: History of local government in Yorkshire
History of local government in Yorkshire

In the 1970s there were major reforms of local government throughout the United Kingdom. Some of the changes were unpopular, and controversially Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and its ridings lost status in 1974 as part of the Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 1972
. The East Riding was resurrected with reduced boundaries in 1996 with the abolition of Humberside
Humberside
. With slightly different borders, the government office entity which currently contains most of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
is the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and the Humber region of England. This region includes a northern slice of Lincolnshire , but does not include the northern part of the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire ( Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland ), which is in the North East England region. Other parts of the historic county of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
are also in other official regions. Saddleworth (now in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
); the Forest of Bowland ( Lancashire
Lancashire
); Sedbergh
Sedbergh
and Dent ( Cumbria ) are in the North West England region, and Upper Teesdale ( County Durham
County Durham
) is in North East England.

GEOGRAPHY

PHYSICAL AND GEOLOGICAL

Main articles: Geology of Yorkshire and List of places in Yorkshire Geology of Yorkshire

Historically, the northern boundary of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was the River Tees
River Tees
, the eastern boundary was the North Sea
North Sea
coast and the southern boundary was the Humber Estuary
Humber Estuary
and Rivers Don and Sheaf . The western boundary meandered along the western slopes of the Pennine Hills to again meet the River Tees. It is bordered by several other historic counties in the form of County Durham
County Durham
, Lincolnshire , Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
, Derbyshire , Cheshire
Cheshire
, Lancashire
Lancashire
and Westmorland . In Yorkshire there is a very close relationship between the major topographical areas and the geological period in which they were formed. The Pennine chain of hills in the west is of Carboniferous
Carboniferous
origin. The central vale is Permo- Triassic
Triassic
. The North York Moors in the north-east of the county are Jurassic
Jurassic
in age while the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Wolds to the south east are Cretaceous
Cretaceous
chalk uplands. The main rivers of Yorkshire
Yorkshire

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
is drained by several rivers. In western and central Yorkshire
Yorkshire
the many rivers empty their waters into the River Ouse which reaches the North Sea
North Sea
via the Humber Estuary
Humber Estuary
. The most northerly of the rivers in the Ouse system is the River Swale
River Swale
, which drains Swaledale before passing through Richmond and meandering across the Vale of Mowbray . Next, draining Wensleydale
Wensleydale
, is the River Ure , which the Swale joins east of Boroughbridge . Near Great Ouseburn the Ure is joined by the small Ouse Gill Beck, and below the confluence the river is known as the Ouse. The River Nidd rises on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
National Park and flows along Nidderdale
Nidderdale
before reaching the Vale of York
York
and the Ouse. The River Wharfe , which drains Wharfedale
Wharfedale
, joins the Ouse upstream of Cawood . The Rivers Aire and Calder are more southerly contributors to the River Ouse and the most southerly Yorkshire
Yorkshire
tributary is the River Don , which flows northwards to join the main river at Goole
Goole
. Further north and east the River Derwent rises on the North York
York
Moors, flows south then westwards through the Vale of Pickering then turns south again to drain the eastern part of the Vale of York. It empties into the River Ouse at Barmby on the Marsh .

In the far north of the county the River Tees
River Tees
flows eastwards through Teesdale and empties its waters into the North Sea
North Sea
downstream of Middlesbrough . The smaller River Esk flows from west to east at the northern foot of the North York Moors to reach the sea at Whitby
Whitby
. To the east of the Yorkshire Wolds the River Hull flows southwards to join the Humber Estuary
Humber Estuary
at Kingston upon Hull.

The western Pennines are served by the River Ribble which drains westwards into the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
close to Lytham St Annes
Lytham St Annes
.

NATURAL AREAS

Main article: Topographical areas of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Geographic features of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Nidderdale
Nidderdale
, Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
Cliffs at Whitby
Whitby
Ilkley Moor
Ilkley Moor
Kilnsea , Humber Estuary
Humber Estuary

The countryside of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has acquired the common nickname of "God's Own County". Yorkshire
Yorkshire
includes the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
National Parks , and part of the Peak District National Park. Nidderdale
Nidderdale
and the Howardian Hills
Howardian Hills
are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty . Spurn Point , Flamborough Head and the coastal North York Moors are designated Heritage Coast areas, and are noted for their scenic views with rugged cliffs such as the jet cliffs at Whitby, the limestone cliffs at Filey and the chalk cliffs at Flamborough Head. Moor House – Upper Teesdale, most of which is part of the former North Riding of Yorkshire, is one of England's largest national nature reserves .

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds runs nature reserves such as the one at Bempton Cliffs with coastal wildlife such as the northern gannet , Atlantic puffin and razorbill . Spurn Point is a narrow, 3 miles (4.8 km) long sand spit . It is a national nature reserve owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is noted for its cyclical nature whereby the spit is destroyed and re-created approximately once every 250 years. There are seaside resorts in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
with sandy beaches; Scarborough is Britain's oldest seaside resort dating back to the spa town -era in the 17th century, while Whitby
Whitby
has been voted as the United Kingdom's best beach, with a "postcard-perfect harbour".

Historically, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was divided into three ridings and the Ainsty of York. The term 'riding' is of Viking
Viking
origin and derives from Threthingr meaning a third part. The three ridings in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
were named the East Riding, West Riding and North Riding. The East and North Ridings of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
were separated by the River Derwent and the West and North Ridings were separated by the Ouse and the Ure/Nidd watershed. In 1974 the three ridings of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
were abolished and York, which had been independent of the three ridings, was incorporated into the new county called North Yorkshire. It later became part of York
York
Unitary Authority.

CITIES AND TOWNS

* v * t * e

Largest cities or towns in Yorkshire Estimates

RANK

COUNTY POP. RANK

COUNTY POP.

Leeds
Leeds

Sheffield
Sheffield
1 Leeds
Leeds
West 750,700 11 Barnsley
Barnsley
South 81,251

Bradford
Bradford

Kingston upon Hull

2 Sheffield
Sheffield
South 551,800 12 Wakefield
Wakefield
West 76,886

3 Bradford
Bradford
West 293,717 13 Harrogate North 71,594

4 Kingston upon Hull East 256,100 14 Keighley
Keighley
West 70,000

5 York
York
North 197,800 15 Dewsbury
Dewsbury
West 54,341

6 Huddersfield West 146,234 16 Scarborough North 50,135

7 Middlesbrough North 138,400 17 Batley
Batley
West 49,448

8 Doncaster
Doncaster
South 127,851 18 Castleford West 39,192

9 Rotherham South 117,262 19 Redcar North 36,610

10 Halifax West 82,056 20 Bridlington East 35,369

ECONOMY

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Bridgewater Place
Bridgewater Place
, a symbol of Leeds' growing financial importance.

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has a mixed economy. The City of Leeds
Leeds
is Yorkshire's largest city and is the main centre of trade and commerce. Leeds
Leeds
is one of the UK's larger financial centres. Leeds' traditional industries were mixed; service-based industries, textile manufacturing and coal mining being examples.

Sheffield
Sheffield
once had heavy industries, such as coal mining and the steel industry . Since the decline of such industries Sheffield
Sheffield
has attracted tertiary and administrative businesses including more retail trade; Meadowhall being an example. However, while Sheffield's heavy industry has declined, the region has reinvented itself as a centre for specialist engineering. A cluster of hi-tech facilities including The Welding Institute and the Boeing partnered Advanced Materials Research Centre have all helped to raise the region's profile and to bring significant investment into Yorkshire.

Bradford
Bradford
, Halifax , Keighley
Keighley
and Huddersfield once were centres of wool milling. Areas such as Bradford
Bradford
, Dewsbury
Dewsbury
and Keighley
Keighley
have suffered a decline in their economy since.

North Yorkshire has an established tourist industry with two national parks ( Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
National Park , North York Moors National Park ), Harrogate , York
York
and Scarborough and such an industry is growing in Leeds. Kingston upon Hull is Yorkshire's largest port and has a large manufacturing base, its fishing industry has however declined somewhat in recent years. Harrogate and Knaresborough both have small legal and financial sectors. Harrogate is a European conference and exhibition destination with both the Great Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Showground and Harrogate International Centre in the town.

Coal mining was prolific in the south of the county during the 19th century and for most of the 20th century, particularly around Barnsley and Wakefield
Wakefield
. As late as the 1970s, the number of miners working in the area was still in six figures. The industry was placed under threat on 6 March 1984 when the National Coal
Coal
Board announced the closure of 20 pits nationwide (some of them in South Yorkshire). By March 2004, a mere three coalpits remained open in the area. Three years later, the only remaining coal pit in the region was Maltby Colliery near Rotherham .

Many large British companies are based in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
or were founded there. These include; Morrisons
Morrisons
(Bradford), Asda
Asda
(Leeds), Jet2.com (Leeds), Ronseal (Sheffield), Optare
Optare
(Leeds), Aunt Bessie\'s (Hull), Birds Eye
Birds Eye
(Hull), Wharfedale
Wharfedale
(Leeds), Plaxton
Plaxton
(Scarborough), Seven Seas (Hull), Little Chef
Little Chef
(Sheffield), Plusnet
Plusnet
(Sheffield), Quidco (Sheffield), Fenner plc (Hull), Halifax Bank (Halifax), Rank Organisation (Hull), Yorkshire Bank (Leeds), William Jackson Food Group (Hull), Yorkshire Building Society (Bradford), Victoria Plumb (Hull), Ebuyer (Howden), GHD (Leeds), Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer
(Leeds), Burtons (Leeds), Jaeger Ilkley, Magnet Kitchens (Keighley), Reckitt and Sons (Hull), McCains (Scarborough), First Direct (Leeds), KCOM Group (Hull), Tetley\'s Brewery (Leeds), Timothy Taylor Brewery (Keighley), Bradford
Bradford
and Bingley (Bingley), Skipton
Skipton
Building Society (Skipton), Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate , SGS Europe (Hull) and Provident Financial ( Bradford
Bradford
.)

TRANSPORT

The A1(M) and M62 junction at Ferrybridge
Ferrybridge
, West Yorkshire

The most prominent road in Yorkshire, historically called the Great North Road , is known as the A1. This trunk road passes through the centre of the county and is the prime route from London
London
to Edinburgh. Another important road is the more easterly A19 road
A19 road
which starts in Doncaster
Doncaster
and ends just north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne at Seaton Burn . The M62 motorway crosses the county from east to west from Hull towards Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
and Merseyside . The M1 carries traffic from London
London
and the south of England to Yorkshire. In 1999 about 8 miles (13 km) was added to make it swing east of Leeds
Leeds
and connect to the A1. The East Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line
rail link between Scotland and London
London
runs roughly parallel with the A1 through Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and the Trans Pennine rail link runs east to west from Hull to Liverpool via Leeds.

Before the advent of rail transport, the seaports of Hull and Whitby played an important role in transporting goods. Historically canals were used, including the Leeds
Leeds
and Liverpool Canal , which is the longest canal in England. Mainland Europe (the Netherlands
Netherlands
and Belgium ) can be reached from Hull via regular ferry services from P the Celts ( Brigantes and Parisii ), Romans , Angles , Norse Vikings , Normans and amongst others. The western part of the historic North Riding had an additional infusion of Breton culture due to the Honour of Richmond being occupied by Alain Le Roux , grandson of Geoffrey I, Duke of Brittany . The people of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
are immensely proud of their county and local culture and it is sometimes suggested they identify more strongly with their county than they do with their country. Yorkshire
Yorkshire
people have their own Yorkshire
Yorkshire
dialects and accents and are, or rather were, known as Broad Yorkshire
Yorkshire
or Tykes, with its roots in Old English
Old English
and Old Norse.

Though distinct accents remain, dialects are no longer in everyday use. Some have argued the dialect was a fully fledged language in its own right. The county has also produced a set of Yorkshire colloquialisms, which are in use in the county. Among Yorkshire's traditions is the Long Sword dance . The most famous traditional song of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
is On Ilkla Moor Baht \'at ("On Ilkley Moor
Ilkley Moor
without a hat"), it is considered the unofficial anthem of the county.

ARCHITECTURE

Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Throughout Yorkshire
Yorkshire
many castles were built during the Norman-Breton period, particularly after the Harrying of the North. These included Bowes Castle
Castle
, Pickering Castle
Castle
, Richmond Castle
Castle
, Skipton
Skipton
Castle
Castle
, York
York
Castle
Castle
and others. Later medieval castles at Helmsley , Middleham and Scarborough were built as a means of defence against the invading Scots . Middleham is notable because Richard III of England spent his childhood there. The remains of these castles, some being English Heritage
English Heritage
sites, are popular tourist destinations. There are several stately homes in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
which carry the name "castle" in their title, even though they are more akin to a palace . The most notable examples are Allerton Castle
Castle
and Castle Howard
Castle Howard
, both linked to the Howard family
Howard family
. Castle Howard
Castle Howard
and the Earl of Harewood 's residence, Harewood House
Harewood House
, are included amongst the Treasure Houses of England , a group of nine English stately homes.

There are numerous other Grade I listed buildings within the historic county including public buildings such as Leeds
Leeds
Town Hall , Sheffield Town Hall , Ormesby Hall
Ormesby Hall
, the Yorkshire Museum
Yorkshire Museum
and Guildhall at York, and the Piece Hall in Halifax. Large estates with significant buildings were constructed at Brodsworth Hall , Temple Newsam
Temple Newsam
and Wentworth Castle
Castle
. In addition to this there are properties which are conserved and managed by the National Trust , such as Nunnington Hall , the Rievaulx Terrace these include Bolton Abbey
Abbey
, Fountains Abbey
Abbey
, Gisborough Priory , Rievaulx Abbey
Abbey
, St Mary\'s Abbey
Abbey
and Whitby
Whitby
Abbey among others. Notable religious buildings of historic origin still in use include York
York
Minster , the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe , Beverley Minster
Beverley Minster
, Bradford
Bradford
Cathedral
Cathedral
and Ripon Cathedral
Cathedral
.

LITERATURE AND ART

The Brontë sisters

Although the first Professor of English Literature at Leeds University , F.W. Moorman , claimed the first extant work of English literature, Beowulf
Beowulf
, was written in Yorkshire, this view does not have common acceptance today. However, when Yorkshire
Yorkshire
formed the southern part of the kingdom of Northumbria
Northumbria
there were several notable poets, scholars and ecclesiastics, including Alcuin , Cædmon and Wilfrid . The most esteemed literary family from the county are the three Brontë sisters , with part of the county around Haworth
Haworth
being nicknamed Brontë Country in their honour. Their novels, written in the mid-19th century, caused a sensation when they were first published, yet were subsequently accepted into the canon of great English literature. Among the most celebrated novels written by the sisters are Anne Brontë 's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
, Charlotte Brontë 's Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
and Emily Brontë 's Wuthering Heights . Wuthering Heights was almost a source used to depict life in Yorkshire, illustrating the type of people that reside there in its characters, and emphasising the use of the stormy Yorkshire
Yorkshire
moors. Nowadays, the parsonage which was their former home is now a museum in their honour. Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
authored Dracula
Dracula
while living in Whitby
Whitby
and it includes several elements of local folklore including the beaching of the Russian ship Dmitri, which became the basis of Demeter in the book.

The novelist tradition in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
continued into the 20th century, with authors such as J. B. Priestley , Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
, Stan Barstow, Dame Margaret Drabble
Margaret Drabble
, A S Byatt , and Barbara Taylor Bradford
Bradford
being prominent examples. Taylor Bradford
Bradford
is noted for A Woman of Substance which was one of the top-ten best selling novels in history. Another well-known author was children\'s writer Arthur Ransome
Arthur Ransome
, who penned the Swallows and Amazons series. James Herriot , the best selling author of over 60 million copies of books about his experiences of some 50 years as a veterinarian in Thirsk , North Yorkshire, the town which he refers to as Darrowby in his books (although born in Sunderland ), has been admired for his easy reading style and interesting characters. Poets include Ted Hughes , W. H. Auden , William Empson , Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage
and Andrew Marvell
Andrew Marvell
. Three well known sculptors emerged in the 20th century; contemporaries Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth
Barbara Hepworth
, and Leeds-raised eco artist Andy Goldsworthy . Some of their works are available for public viewing at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
. There are several art galleries in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
featuring extensive collections, such as Ferens Art Gallery , Leeds
Leeds
Art Gallery , Millennium Galleries and York
York
Art Gallery . Some of the better known local painters are William Etty and David Hockney ; many works by the latter are housed at Salts Mill
Salts Mill
1853 Gallery in Saltaire
Saltaire
.

SPORT

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has a long tradition in the field of sports, with participation in cricket , football , rugby league and horse racing being the most established sporting ventures. Yorkshire
Yorkshire
County Cricket
Cricket
Club represents the historic county in the domestic first class cricket County Championship ; with a total of 32 championship titles, 14 more than any other county, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
is the most decorated county cricket club. Some of the most highly regarded figures in the game were born in the county amongst them Geoffrey Boycott , Brian Close , George Hirst , Len Hutton , Stanley Jackson , Ray Illingworth , Wilfred Rhodes , Joe Root
Joe Root
, Herbert Sutcliffe , Fred Trueman and Hedley Verity . England's oldest horse race, which began in 1519, is run each year at Kiplingcotes near Market Weighton
Market Weighton
. Continuing this tradition in the field of horse racing, there are currently nine established racecourses in the county. Britain's oldest organised fox hunt is the Bilsdale , founded in 1668.

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
is officially recognised by FIFA
FIFA
as the birthplace of club football , as Sheffield
Sheffield
FC founded in 1857 are certified as the oldest association football club in the world. The world's first inter-club match and local derby was competed in the county, at the world's oldest ground Sandygate Road . The Laws of the Game which are now used worldwide were drafted by Ebenezer Cobb Morley
Ebenezer Cobb Morley
from Hull . Football clubs founded in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
include Barnsley
Barnsley
, Bradford
Bradford
City , Doncaster
Doncaster
Rovers , Huddersfield Town , Hull City , Leeds
Leeds
United , Middlesbrough , Rotherham United , Sheffield
Sheffield
United , Sheffield Wednesday and York
York
City , four of which have been the league champions . Huddersfield were the first club to win three consecutive league titles. Middlesbrough F.C. recently came to prominence by reaching the 2006 UEFA Cup Final and winning the 2004 League Cup. Leeds United are arguably the biggest team in Yorkshire, reaching the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2001 and having a period of dominance in the 1970s; this position is often paralleled with Sheffield
Sheffield
Wednesday who have had similar spells of dominance, most recently in the early 1990s, and also house a comparably large fan-base and prestigious history. Noted players from Yorkshire
Yorkshire
who have influenced the game include World Cup -winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks and two time European Footballer of the Year
European Footballer of the Year
award winner Kevin Keegan , as well as prominent managers Herbert Chapman
Herbert Chapman
, Brian Clough , Bill Nicholson , George Raynor
George Raynor
and Don Revie
Don Revie
.

The Rugby Football League and with it the sport of rugby league was founded in 1895 at the George Hotel , Huddersfield , after a North-South schism within the Rugby Football Union . The top league is the Super League
Super League
and the most decorated Yorkshire
Yorkshire
clubs are Huddersfield Giants , Hull FC , Bradford
Bradford
Bulls , Hull Kingston Rovers , Wakefield
Wakefield
Trinity Wildcats , Castleford Tigers and Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos . In total six Yorkshiremen have been inducted into the Rugby Football League Hall of Fame amongst them is Roger Millward , Jonty Parkin and Harold Wagstaff . In the area of boxing "Prince" Naseem Hamed
Naseem Hamed
from Sheffield
Sheffield
achieved title success and widespread fame, in what the BBC describes as "one of British boxing's most illustrious careers". Along with Leeds-born Nicola Adams
Nicola Adams
who in 2012 became the first female athlete to win a boxing gold medal at the olympics. Yorkshire
Yorkshire
also has an array of racecourses , in North Yorkshire, there are Catterick , Redcar , Ripon , Thirsk and York
York
in the East Riding of Yorkshire there is Beverley , in West Yorkshire there are Pontefract
Pontefract
and Wetherby , while in South Yorkshire there is Doncaster
Doncaster
.

The sport of Knurr and Spell was unique to the region, being one of the most popular sports in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries, before a decline in the 20th century to virtual obscurity.

A number of athletes from or associated with Yorkshire
Yorkshire
took part in the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
as members of Team GB
Team GB
; the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Post stated that Yorkshire's athletes alone secured more gold medals than those of Spain
Spain
. Notable Yorkshire
Yorkshire
athletes include Jessica Ennis-Hill and the Brownlee brothers Jonathan and Alastair . Jessica Ennis-Hill is from Sheffield
Sheffield
and won gold at the 2012 Olympics
2012 Olympics
in London
London
and silver at the 2016 Olympics
2016 Olympics
in Rio . Triathletes Alastair and Jonny Brownlee have won two golds and a silver and bronze respectively.

In 2014 the County hosted the Grande Depart of the Tour de France. Spectator crowds over the two days were estimated to be of the order of 2.5 million people. The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire was held from 1–3 May 2015, with start and finishes in Bridlington , Leeds
Leeds
, Scarborough , Selby
Selby
, Wakefield
Wakefield
and York
York
, watched by 1.2 million.

CUISINE

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
puddings, served as part of a traditional Sunday roast .

The traditional cuisine of Yorkshire, in common with the North of England in general, is known for using rich tasting ingredients, especially with regard to sweet dishes, which were affordable for the majority of people. There are several dishes which originated in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
or are heavily associated with it. Yorkshire pudding , a savoury batter dish, is by far the best known of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
foods, and is eaten throughout England. It is commonly served with roast beef and vegetables to form part of the Sunday roast
Sunday roast
but is traditionally served as a starter dish filled with onion gravy within Yorkshire. Yorkshire pudding is the base for toad in the hole , a dish containing sausage.

Other foods associated with the county include: Yorkshire
Yorkshire
curd tart, a curd tart recipe with rosewater ; Parkin , a sweet ginger cake which is different from standard ginger cakes in that it includes oatmeal and treacle ; and Wensleydale
Wensleydale
cheese , a cheese made with milk from Wensleydale
Wensleydale
and often eaten as an accompaniment to sweet foods. The beverage ginger beer , flavoured with ginger , came from Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and has existed since the mid 18th century. Liquorice sweet was first created by George Dunhill from Pontefract
Pontefract
, who in the 1760s thought to mix the liquorice plant with sugar. Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and in particular the city of York
York
played a prominent role in the confectionery industry, with chocolate factories owned by companies such as Rowntree\'s , Terry\'s and Thorntons inventing many of Britain's most popular sweets . Another traditional Yorkshire
Yorkshire
food is pikelets which are similar to crumpets but much thinner. The Rhubarb Triangle is a location within Yorkshire
Yorkshire
which supplies most of the rhubarb to locals.

In recent years curries have become popular in the county largely due to the immigration and successful integration of Asian families. There are many famous curry empires with their origins in Yorkshire including the 850-seater Aakash restaurant in Cleckheaton which has been described as "the world's largest curry house".

BEER AND BREWING

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has a number of breweries including Black Sheep , Copper Dragon , Cropton Brewery , John Smith\'s , Sam Smith\'s , Kelham Island Brewery , Theakstons , Timothy Taylor , Wharfedale
Wharfedale
Brewery and Leeds
Leeds
Brewery . The beer style most associated with the county is bitter . As elsewhere in the North of England, when served through a handpump , a sparkler is used giving a tighter, more solid head.

Brewing has taken place on a large scale since at least the 12th century, for example at the now derelict Fountains Abbey
Abbey
which at its height produced 60 barrels of strong ale every ten days. Most current Yorkshire
Yorkshire
breweries date from the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
of the late 18th and early 19th century.

MUSIC

Kate Rusby on stage 2005

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has a heritage of folk music and folk dance including the Long Sword dance . Yorkshire
Yorkshire
folk song was distinguished by the use of dialect, particularly in the West Riding and exemplified by the song 'On Ilkla Moor Baht \'at ', probably written in the late 19th century, using a Kent
Kent
folk tune (almost certainly borrowed via a Methodist
Methodist
hymnal ), seen as an unofficial Yorkshire
Yorkshire
anthem. Famous folk performers from the county include the Watersons from Hull , who began recording Yorkshire
Yorkshire
versions of folk songs from 1965; Heather Wood (born 1945) of the Young Tradition ; the short-lived electric folk group Mr Fox (1970–72), The Deighton Family ; Julie Matthews ; Kathryn Roberts
Kathryn Roberts
; and Kate Rusby . Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has a flourishing folk music culture, with over forty folk clubs and thirty annual folk music festivals . The 1982 Eurovision Song Contest was held in the Harrogate International Centre . In 2007 the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Garland Group was formed to make Yorkshire
Yorkshire
folk songs accessible online and in schools.

In the field of classical music, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has produced some major and minor composers, including Frederick Delius
Frederick Delius
, George Dyson , Edward Bairstow , William Baines, Kenneth Leighton , Eric Fenby
Eric Fenby
, Haydn Wood , Arthur Wood , Arnold Cooke , Gavin Bryars
Gavin Bryars
, and in the area of TV, film and radio music, John Barry and Wally Stott .

The county is home to successful brass bands such as Black Dyke , Brighouse "> Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
performing on Orange stage at Roskilde Festival in 2007

During the 1970s David Bowie
David Bowie
, himself of a father from Tadcaster
Tadcaster
in North Yorkshire , hired three musicians from Hull , Mick Ronson , Trevor Bolder
Trevor Bolder
and Mick Woodmansey ; together they recorded Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars , an album considered by a magazine article as one of a 100 greatest and most influential of all time. In the following decade, Def Leppard , from Sheffield
Sheffield
, achieved worldwide fame, particularly in America. Their 1983 album Pyromania and 1987 album Hysteria are among the most successful albums of all time. Yorkshire
Yorkshire
had a very strong post-punk scene which went on to achieve widespread acclaim and success, including; The Sisters of Mercy , The Cult , Vardis , Gang of Four , ABC , The Human League
The Human League
, New Model Army , Soft Cell
Soft Cell
, Chumbawamba
Chumbawamba
, The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present
and The Mission . Pulp from Sheffield
Sheffield
had a massive hit in "Common People " during 1995; the song focuses on working-class northern life. In 21st century, indie rock and post-punk revival bands from the area gained popularity, including the Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs
, The Cribs
The Cribs
and the Arctic Monkeys , the last-named holding the record for the fastest-selling debut album in British music history with Whatever People Say I Am, That\'s What I\'m Not .

FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS

Among prominent British television shows filmed in (and based on) Yorkshire
Yorkshire
are the sitcom Last of the Summer Wine , the drama series Heartbeat , and the soap operas Emmerdale and Downton Abbey
Abbey
. Last of the Summer Wine in particular is noted for holding the record of longest-running comedy series in the world, from 1973 until 2010. Other notable television series set in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
include All Creatures Great and Small , The Beiderbecke Trilogy , Rising Damp
Rising Damp
, Fat Friends and The Royal
The Royal
. Several noted films are set in Yorkshire, including Kes , This Sporting Life , Room at the Top , Brassed Off , Mischief Night , Rita, Sue and Bob Too and Calendar Girls . The Full Monty , a comedy film set in Sheffield, won an Academy Award
Academy Award
and was voted the second best British film of all time by ANI .

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
has remained a popular location for filming in more recent times. For example, much of ITV's highly-acclaimed Victoria was filmed in the region, at locations such as Harewood House
Harewood House
in Leeds
Leeds
and Beverly Minster; the latter was used to depict Westminster Abbey
Abbey
and St James’ Palace.

West Yorkshire has particularly benefited from a great deal of production activity. For example, portions of the BBC
BBC
television series Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax were filmed in the area, in Huddersfield and other cities; in addition to exteriors, some of the studio filming for Happy Valley was done at North Light Film Studios at Brookes Mill, Huddersfield. As well, the BBC's Jamaica Inn , for the BBC's Remember Me and for ITV series Black Work , were also filmed at the studios and in nearby West Yorkshire locations. More recently, many of the exteriors of the BBC
BBC
series Jericho were filmed at the nearby Rockingstone Quarry and some interior work was done at North Light Film Studios.

GOVERNANCE

POLITICS

Main articles: Yorkshire (UK Parliament constituency) , High Sheriff of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
, Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire , and History of local government in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce
, leading abolitionist , was the MP for Yorkshire
Yorkshire
in 1784–1812.

From 1290, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was represented by two Members of Parliament of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England
Parliament of England
. After the union with Scotland two members represented the county in the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1832. In 1832 the county benefited from the disfranchisement of Grampound by taking an additional two members. Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was represented at this time as one single, large, county constituency . Like other counties, there were also some county boroughs within Yorkshire, the oldest of which was the City of York
York
, which had existed since the ancient Montfort\'s Parliament of 1265. After the Reform Act 1832
Reform Act 1832
, Yorkshire's political representation in parliament was drawn from its subdivisions, with Members of Parliament representing each of the three historic Ridings of Yorkshire; East Riding , North Riding , and West Riding constituencies.

For the 1865 general elections and onwards, the West Riding was further divided into Northern , Eastern and Southern parliamentary constituencies, though these only lasted until the major Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 . This act saw more localisation of government in the United Kingdom, with the introduction of 26 new parliamentary constituencies within Yorkshire, while the Local Government Act 1888 introduced some reforms for the county boroughs , of which there were eight in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
by the end of the 19th century.

With the Representation of the People Act 1918 there was some reshuffling on a local level for the 1918 general election , revised again during the 1950s . The most controversial reorganisation of local government in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was the Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 1972
, put into practice in 1974. Under the act, the Ridings lost their lieutenancies, shrievalties, and administrative counties. County boroughs and their councils were abolished, to be replaced by metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties with vastly changed borders. Although some government officials and Prince Charles have asserted such reform is not meant to alter the ancient boundaries or cultural loyalties, there are pressure groups such as the Yorkshire Ridings Society who want greater recognition for the historic boundaries. In 1996 the East Riding of Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire
was reformed as a unitary authority area and a ceremonial county . The Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and the Humber region of government office covers most, but not all of the historic county. Yorkshire and the Humber is a constituency for European elections, returning six MEPs to the European Parliament.

DISTINCTIVE IDENTITY AND DEVOLUTION CAMPAIGNS

A number of claims have been made for the distinctiveness of Yorkshire, as a geographical, cultural and political entity, and these have been used to demand increased political autonomy. In the early twentieth century, F. W. Moorman , the first professor of English Language at Leeds
Leeds
University , claimed Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was not settled by Angles or Saxons
Saxons
following the end of rule Roman in Britain, but by a different Germanic tribe, the Geats
Geats
. As a consequence, he claimed, it is possible the first work of English literature, Beowulf
Beowulf
, believed to have been composed by Geats, was written in Yorkshire, and this distinctive ethnic and cultural origin is the root of the unique status of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
today. One of Moorman's students at Leeds University, Herbert Read , was greatly influenced by Moorman's ideas on Yorkshire
Yorkshire
identity, and claimed that until recent times Yorkshire was effectively an island, cut off from the rest of England by rivers, fens, moors and mountains. This distancing of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
from England led Read to question whether Yorkshire
Yorkshire
people were really English at all. Combined with the suggested ethnic difference to the rest of England, Read quoted Frederic Pearson, who wrote:

There is something characteristic about the very physiognomy of the Yorkshireman. He is much more of a Dane or a Viking
Viking
than a Saxon. He is usually a big upstanding man, who looks as if he could take care of himself and those who depend upon him in an emergency. This is indeed the character that his neighbours give him; the southerner may think him a little hard: but if ever our country is let down by its inhabitants, we may be sure that it will not be the fault of Yorkshire.

During the premiership of William Pitt the Younger the hypothetical idea of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
becoming independent was raised in the British parliament in relation to the question whether Ireland
Ireland
should become part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
. This resulted in an anonymous pamphlet being published in London
London
in 1799 arguing at length that Yorkshire could never be an independent state as it would always be reliant on the rest of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
to provide it with essential resources.

Although in the devolution debates in the House of Commons of the late 1960s, which paved the way for the 1979 referenda on the creation of a Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly, parallel devolution for Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was suggested, this was opposed by the Scottish Nationalist Party Member of Parliament for Hamilton, Winifred Ewing . Ewing argued that it was offensive to Scots to argue that an English region had the same status as an 'ancient nation' such as Scotland.

The relationship between Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and Scottish devolution was again made in 1975 by Richard Wainwright, MP for Colne Valley, who claimed in a speech in the House of Commons:

The nationalist movement in Scotland is associated with flags, strange costumes, weird music and extravagant ceremonial. When... people go to Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and find that we have no time for dressing up, waving flags and playing strange instruments—in other words, we are not a lot of Presbyterians in Yorkshire—they should not assume that we do not have the same feelings underneath the skin. Independence in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
expresses itself in a markedly increasing determination to establish self-reliance.

In more recent years, in 1998 the Campaign for Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was established to push for the creation of a Yorkshire
Yorkshire
regional assembly, sometimes dubbed the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Parliament. In its defining statement, the Campaign for Yorkshire
Yorkshire
made reference to the historical notions that Yorkshire
Yorkshire
had a distinctive identity:

Yorkshire and the Humber has distinctive characteristics which make it an ideal test bed for further reform. It has a strong popular identity. The region follows closely the historic boundaries of the three Ridings, and there is no serious debate about boundaries. It possesses strong existing regional partnerships including universities, voluntary and church associations. All this makes it realistic to regard Yorkshire and the Humber as the standard bearer for representative regional government.

The Campaign for Yorkshire
Yorkshire
was led by Jane Thomas as Director and Paul Jagger as chairman. Jagger claimed in 1999 that Yorkshire
Yorkshire
had as much right to a regional parliament or assembly as Scotland and Wales because Yorkshire
Yorkshire
'has as clear a sense of identity as Scotland or Wales.' One of those brought into the Campaign for Yorkshire
Yorkshire
by Jane Thomas was Herbert Read scholar Michael Paraskos , who organised a series of events in 2000 to highlight the distinctiveness of Yorkshire culture. This included a major exhibition of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
artists. Paraskos also founded a Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Studies degree course at Hull University . Interviewed by The Guardian
The Guardian
newspaper, Paraskos linked the start of this course to the contemporary devolution debates in Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales, claiming:

If Yorkshire
Yorkshire
is arguing for a parliament, there needs to be a cultural argument as well, otherwise why not have a parliament of the north? There is a rediscovery of political and social culture going on in a very similar way to the early assertions of a Scottish identity.

In 2014, two other former members of the Campaign for Yorkshire, Stewart Arnold and Richard Carter, founded Yorkshire
Yorkshire
First, a political party campaigning for the creation of a Yorkshire
Yorkshire
parliament by 2050 based on the Scottish Parliament. It was later renamed the Yorkshire Party .

MONARCHY AND PEERAGE

Main articles: Kings of Jórvík
Jórvík
, Earl of York
York
, Duke of York
York
, and House of York The White Rose of York remains as the prime symbol of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
identity

When the territory of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
began to take shape as a result of the invasion of the Danish vikings , they instituted a monarchy based at the settlement of Jórvík, York. The reign of the Viking
Viking
kings came to an end with the last king Eric Bloodaxe dying in battle in 954 after the invasion and conquest by the Kingdom of England from the south. Jórvík
Jórvík
was the last of the independent kingdoms to be taken to form part of the Kingdom of England and thus the local monarchal title became defunct.

Though the monarchal title became defunct, it was succeeded by the creation of the Earl of York
York
title of nobility by king of England Edgar the Peaceful in 960. (The earldom covered the general area of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and is sometimes referred to as the Earl of Yorkshire.) The title passed through the hands of various nobles, decided upon by the king of England. The last man to hold the title was William le Gros , however the earldom was abolished by Henry II as a result of a troubled period known as The Anarchy .

The peerage was recreated by Edward III in 1385, this time in the form of the prestigious title of Duke of York
York
which he gave to his son Edmund of Langley . Edmund founded the House of York; later the title was merged with that of the King of England . Much of the modern-day symbolism of Yorkshire, such as the White Rose of York , is derived from the Yorkists, giving the house a special affinity within the culture of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
. Especially celebrated is the Yorkist king Richard III who spent much of his life at Middleham Castle
Middleham Castle
in Yorkshire. Since that time the title has passed through the hands of many, being merged with the crown and then recreated several times. The title of Duke of York
York
is given to the second son of the British monarch .

NOTABLE PEOPLE

Main article: List of people from Yorkshire

SEE ALSO

* Outline of England * List of collieries in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
1984-present with dates of closure

* List of Commissioners\' churches in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
* List of Jewish communities in Yorkshire
Yorkshire
* Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire * Yorkshire Ambulance Service * Yorkshire and the Humber * Yorkshire Forward * Yorkshire Pudding * Yorkshire Regiment
Yorkshire Regiment
* Yorkshire Society * Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
* Yorkshire Wolds

* Geography portal * Europe portal * United Kingdom
United Kingdom
portal * England portal * Yorkshire
Yorkshire
portal

NOTES

A Though the Wars of the Roses were fought between royal houses bearing the names of York
York
and Lancaster, the wars took place over a wide area of England. They were a dynastic clash between cadet branches of the House of Plantagenet . The most prominent family in Yorkshire, below the monarchy, the Nevilles of Sheriff Hutton and Middleham , fought for the Yorkists, as did the Scropes of Bolton , the Latimers of Danby and Snape , as well as the Mowbrays of Thirsk and Burton in Lonsdale . Yet some fought for the Lancastrians, such as the Percies, the Cliffords of Skipton
Skipton
, Ros of Helmsley , Greystock of Henderskelfe, Stafford of Holderness
Holderness
, and Talbot of Sheffield
Sheffield
.

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