The Yorkshire Region does not comprise the whole of the county of Yorkshire, for it excludes Cleveland and Tees-side in the north and Sheffield and the Don Valley in the south. Even so, its extent and population remain large. The county of Yorkshire is by far the largest in England, and in fact the West Riding alone is larger than any other county. Sections of the Ridings were in some cases given the name of ‘shire’ — for instance Hallamshire and Howdenshire. The reason for the great size of Yorkshire is to be found in its early history.1 After successive rebellions against the authority of William the Conqueror, the whole area was systematically laid waste, and much of its land went out of cultivation. Until the seventeenth century the population of the county was sparse.


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  • Henry Pelling
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  1. 1.St. John’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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