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, Yorkshire County, England - 1906


York, or Yorkshire, the largest county of England, situated in its N. part, having the North Sea on the NE. and extending from the River Tees on the N. to the Humber estuary in the S. Area of the ancient county (county boroughs included), 6067 sq. m.; of the modern administrative county, 5910 sq. m. The county is divided for administrative purposes into the North, East, and West Ridings. The surface is very much diversified. The Pennine Chain extends from N. to S. in the W. part of the county, attaining an elevation of about 2500 feet. In the NE. is the hilly and mountainous district of Cleveland. In the E. is the elevated chalky tract called the Wolds. Yorkshire consists in great part of the basin of the Ouse, which, with its head-streams, the Swale and the Ure, flows through the county in a SE. direction, its waters finding their way to the sea through the Humber estuary. The county contains some of the most fertile tracts in the kingdom. There are also areas of barren moor. The West RIding contains some of the richest coal-fields in Great Britain. There are large deposits of iron, especially in the N. The North and East Ridings of Yorkshire are mainly agricultural and pastoral regions: the West Riding vies with Lancashire in the extent of its manufacturing industries, the two constituting the greatest seat of manufactures in the world. Among the great manufacturing centres in this section are Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Rotherham and Dewsbury. Among other cities of Yorkshire are York and Hull. Yorkshire, without the county boroughs, sends 26 members to the House of Commons. Pop. of the ancient county (county boroughs included) in 1901, 3,584,762; of the administrative county, 1,891,766.

Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

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