North Riding of Yorkshire

County of York, North Riding
Official flag of the North Riding of Yorkshire
Flag of North Riding (2013)
North Riding locator in England.svg
North Riding shown within England
 • 19111,359,600 acres (5,502 km2)
 • 19611,376,607 acres (5,570.93 km2)
 • 1901286,036
 • 1971329,410
 • Created1889
 • Abolished1974
 • Succeeded byNorth Yorkshire
County Durham
then Administrative county
Chapman codeNRY
 • HQNorthallerton
Arms of the County Council of the North Riding of Yorkshire
Coat of arms of North RidingCounty Council

The North Riding of Yorkshire is one of the three historic subdivisions (ridings) of the English county of Yorkshire, alongside the East and West ridings. From the Restoration it was used as a lieutenancy area, having been part of the Yorkshire lieutenancy previously. The three ridings were treated as three counties for many purposes, such as having separate quarter sessions. An administrative county was created with a county council in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888 on the historic boundaries. In 1974 both the administrative county and the Lieutenancy of the North Riding of Yorkshire were abolished, being succeeded in most of the riding by the new non-metropolitan county of North Yorkshire.

The highest point in the North Riding is Mickle Fell at 2,585 ft (788 metres).


During the English Civil War, the North Riding predominantly supported the royalist cause, while other areas of Yorkshire tended to support the parliamentarians.[1]