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Why The Traditional County of Yorkshire

The administrative boundary of Yorkshire has been the subject of successive government imposed changes, particularly since 1972, which have resulted in it bearing no resemblance to the traditional boundary and in great swathes of Yorkshire being lost to the administration of other regions and/or non-Yorkshire local authorities, as shown in the illustration below.

The boundary around the area marked in red and pink represents the traditional county of Yorkshire’

The boundary around the area marked only in pink represents administrative Yorkshire

The areas marked in red represent those parts of traditional  Yorkshire dispersed to other regions and/or non-Yorkshire local authorities as a cnsequence of administrative boundary changes imposed by government.  Going anti-clockwise from top-right, they are:

  • Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough to the North-East region and Yarm, Thornaby, Kirklevington & Ingleby Barwick to Stockton Borough Council in North-East region

  • Former Startforth Rural District to County Durham Council in North-East region

  • Former Sedbergh Rural District to South Lakeland District Council of Cumbria County Council in North-West region

  • Bowland & West Craven to Pendle Borough Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council of Lancashire County Council in North-West region

  • Saddleworth to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council of Greater Manchester in North-West region

  • Fockerby & Eastoft to North Lincolnshire Council

Yorkshire has existed as an integral entity since the early 6thC when known as ‘Deira’.  It was renamed ‘Jörvikskir’ in the 9thC by the Danes who settled there after defeating its Angle leaders.  The Danes organised Yorkshire into three administrative areas, each third called a ‘thridjungr’ which became ‘thriding’ and then ‘riding’ as we know today.  The administrative boundaries of Yorkshire remained almost unchanged for over a thousand years until the Local Government Act 1972 was implemented in 1974.  The heritage of Yorkshire is unique and such depth of heritage has led to the Yorkshire identity and the attachment of the Yorkshire people to their county being as strong as that of any nation.  Yorkshire Devolution Movement believe that such depth of heritage and identity deserve respect and conservation, not disregard and alteration at the whim of remote politicians without any reference to the Yorkshire people.  It is our heritage and our identity and like ‘Scotland’ means Scotland, ‘Wales’ means Wales and ‘Cornwall’ means Cornwall, ‘Yorkshire’ should mean, Yorkshire!