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Why is Yorkshire divided into ridings?

January 1, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Yorkshire, the largest county in England, is divided into three administrative districts known as ridings — North Riding, East Riding and West Riding. The riding is an old Scandinavian institution and Yorkshire has been so divided since ancient times. In Anglo-Saxon the word was written thrithing or thriding and it literally meant “third”—the riding being …

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