Yorkshire, also known as Yorks, is a historical county in Northern England. It is the largest in the United Kingdom. Because of its great size in comparison with other English counties, functions have been undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform. Throughout these changes, Yorkshire has continued to be recognised as a geographic territory and cultural region. The name is familiar and well understood across the United Kingdom and is in common use in the media and the military, and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Yorkshire, also known as Yorks, is a historical county in Northern England. It is the largest in the United Kingdom. Due to its size, it has been divided into many functions over the years. These subdivisions have also been subjected to periodic reform. Yorkshire has remained a recognized geographic territory and cultural area throughout all these changes. It is well-known and understood in the United Kingdom. The name appears in media and military titles, as well as in current areas of civil administration like North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.
Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire are large stretches of unspoiled countryside, particularly within the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Peak District national parks. Yorkshire has been nicknamed “God’s Own County”.
The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose of the English royal House of York, and the most commonly used flag representative of Yorkshire is the white rose on a blue field which, after nearly fifty years of use, was recognised by the Flag Institute on 29 July 2008. Yorkshire Day is an annual celebration of Yorkshire’s culture, which is celebrated every year on the 1st of August.
Different Government Office Regions cover Yorkshire. Most of the county falls within Yorkshire and the Humber while the extreme northern part of the county, such as Middlesbrough, Redcar, Holwick and Startforth, falls within North East England. Small areas in the west of the county are covered by the North West England region.