historic county of England

Yorkshire is a former county in England. In general speaking, its name is still used.

Yorkshire in England
Yorkshire within Britain, showing extent Post-Harrying of the North
 • 183114,850 km2 (5,734 sq mi)[1]
 • 190115,718 km2 (6,069 sq mi)[1]
 • 199111,903 km2 (4,596 sq mi)[1]
 • 18311,371,359[1]
 • 19013,512,838[1]
 • 19913,978,484[1]
 • 1831239.2/km2
 • 1901223.5/km2
 • 1991334.2/km2
 • OriginPre-Roman
 • CreatedPre-Roman
 • Succeeded byVarious
StatusFormer county
Chapman codeYKS
 • HQYork
White Rose of Yorkshire
Yorkshire Flag
 • TypeRidings
 • Units1 North2 West3 East
Ridings of Yorkshire

It covers a large area of the Pennines and its East coast borders the North Sea. The River Humber separates Yorkshire from Lincolnshire & Southern England, while the River Tees and Pennines mountain range separates Yorkshire from County Durham, Lancashire and the North of England.

Main places


The main towns and cities of Yorkshire are Leeds, York, Sheffield, Bradford, Middlesbrough, and Hull. It was the largest county in the United Kingdom. It covered just under 11,903 km2 (4,596 sq mi) with a population of over 5.7 million people.

York Minster



Yorkshire was historically split up into three parts known as the East, North, and West Ridings during and after the 7th century Norse settlment, while the county town York was in the middle. In the local government reorganization of England in 1974 the counties of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire were established instead. Humberside included the former East Riding and Cleveland included part of the former North Riding.

The Roman emperor, Constantine the Great, was crowned in the city of Eboracum, modern day York.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "200 years of the Census in Yorkshire" (PDF). National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 15 July 2008. Note that the area of Yorkshire increases slightly from 3,669,510 acres (14,850 km2) in 1831 to 3,883,979 acres (15,718 km2) in 1901 and then reduces to 2,941,247 acres (11,903 km2) in 1991, so that these three figures relate to different areas.