Yorkshire – West Riding Terminology

Yorkshire One of the 92 counties of ancient origin which for centuries formed, and continue to form, a commonly agreed way of referring to the different parts of the United Kingdom. Existed for over 1,000 years to the present day. Yorkshire is the three Ridings and the City of York. Yorkshire is a traditional/historic county.

The West Riding (of Yorkshire) “Riding” is “thrithing” – a Viking word meaning a third part. There are three Ridings East, North and West. In 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972 the West Riding ceased to be used as an administrative area. Existed for over 1,000 years to the present day. The West Riding is one of the three Ridings of the traditional/historic county of Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire An administrative county created by the local Government Act 1972 solely “”for the administration of local government””. It is also the name of a lieutenancy area or ceremonial county. Existed from 1974 onwards. West Yorkshire is an administrative and ceremonial county.

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