Yorkshire, former county, N England. From 1889 to 1974 it formed three counties, the East Riding, North Riding, and West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1974, Yorkshire was divided among the nonmetropolitan counties of Humberside , Cleveland , and North Yorkshire and the metropolitan counties of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire . All but North Yorkshire were later dissolved as units of local elected government, and the East Riding of Yorkshire was largely reestablished as a unitary authority in 1996. The East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, and South Yorkshire remain ceremonial counties under the Lieutenancies Act.
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