Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Yorkshire, East-Riding

Yorkshire, East-Riding, in the SE. of the county; is separated from the North-Riding by the Derwent, and from the West-Riding by the Ouse; on the E. it is bounded by the North Sea, and on the S. by the Humber; area, 750,828ac., pop. 315,460. The principal industries are the agricultural. Fine crops of wheat, beans, and hay are grown on the level tracts of Holderness and the banks of the Humber, and of barley and turnips on the Wolds, where the soil is a light, friable, calcareous loam. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Industries other than agricultural are carried on principally at Beverley and Hull, the latter of which is a great seaport. The East-Riding comprises 6 wapentakes; 352 pars, with part of another; the parl. and mun. bor. of Kingston upon Hull (3 members); and the mun. bors. of Beverley and Hedon. It is entirely in the diocese of York. For parliamentary purposes it is divided into 3 divisions - viz., Holderness, Buckrose, and Howdenshire, each division returning 1 member; the representation of the East-Riding was increased from 2 to 3 members in 1885.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

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Feature Description: "Ancient County"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 2nd order divisions")
Administrative units: Yorkshire AncC
Place: East Riding

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