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West Riding of Yorkshire

One of the historic subdivisions of Yorkshire, England / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The West Riding of Yorkshire is one of three historic subdivisions of Yorkshire, England. From 1889 to 1974 the administrative county County of York, West Riding (the area under the control of West Riding County Council), abbreviated County of York (WR), was based closely on the historic boundaries. The lieutenancy at that time included the City of York and as such was named West Riding of the County of York and the County of the City of York.[3]

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County of York, West Riding
Official flag of the West Riding of Yorkshire
Flag of West Riding (2013)[1]
1888–1974: County of York in England: West Riding (red), North Riding (light green), and East Riding (very pale green)
  19111,685,409 acres (6,820.61 km2)
  19611,621,068 acres (6,560.23 km2)
  • Historic riding: AD 889
  • Administrative county: 1889
  • Historic riding: not abolished
  • Administrative county: 1974
  Succeeded by
StatusAncient riding,
then administrative county
Chapman codeWRY
  MottoAudi consilium (Heed counsel)[2]
Arms of the County Council of the West Riding of Yorkshire
Coat of arms of West Riding County Council

Its boundaries roughly correspond to the present ceremonial counties of West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the former Craven, Harrogate and Selby districts of North Yorkshire, along with smaller parts in Lancashire (for example, the parishes of Barnoldswick, Bracewell, Brogden and Salterforth became part of the Pendle district of Lancashire and the parishes of Great Mitton, Newsholme and Bowland Forest Low became part of the Ribble Valley district also in Lancashire), Cumbria, Greater Manchester and, since 1996, the unitary East Riding of Yorkshire.