Seven major cities of Yorkshire
- Bradford: Population: 528,155 (2014)
- Nickname: ‘Wool City’
- Motto: “Progress-Industry-Humanity”
- City status: 1897
- Sports: Bradford City, Bradford Bulls RLFT
- Major attractions: National Media Museum, Curry Capital of Britain, UNESCO City of Film in 2009.
- Facts about Bradford
- Population: 766,399 (2014)
- Nickname: “Loiner” or Leodensian – Latin for person from Leeds
- Motto: “Pro rege et lege” “For king and the law”
- City status: 1893
- GDP: £51 bn
- Leeds railways station, 2nd busiest outside London
- Sports: Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos (RLFC), Headingley – home of Yorkshire CC
- Major attractions: Shopping centres – Trinity Leeds, Kirkgate Market, Briggate
- Parks: Roundhay, Temple Newsam
- Interesting fact about Leeds. Leeds attracts more annual visitors than traditional holiday destinations including Brighton and Torquay.
- Facts about Leeds
Kingston Upon Hull
- Population: 257,710 (mid-2014 est.).
- People from Hull are called “Hullensians”
- City status: 1897
- Sports: Hull City (AFC), Hull Kingston Rovers (RL), and Hull FC (RL)
- Famous People: William Wilberforce (who helped end slave trade), Amy Johnson pioneering female pilot. Arthur Rank who founded Rank film organisation.
- Interesting fact about Hull. In 1642 Charles I was refused permission to enter the city, providing first spark for the civil war, leading to the siege of the Hull.
- Population: 563,749 (mid-2014 est.)
- Nickname: City of steel
- City status: 1893
- Motto: “Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit” “With God’s help our labour is successful”
- GVA £9.2 billion in 2007
- Famed for stainless steel and cutlery
- Sheffield FC – world’s first football club (1857). Current clubs – Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United
- Crucible Theatre in Sheffield home to Snooker World Championship
- Interesting fact about Sheffield The Sheffield Rules was a code of football used between 1857 and 1877. They had a big influence on Football association rules, which later finally codified the game
- Facts about Sheffield
- Population: 16,702
- Traditions: Ripon Hornblower: Every day at 9:00pm the horn is blown at the four corners of the obelisk in Ripon Market
- Parts of Ripon Cathedral built as early as 672AD
- In 886 AD, King Alfred the Great may have gave Ripon its original Royal Charter.
- One of few English cities without own railway station.
- Nearby attractions: Ripon Racecourse, Lightwater Valley, Fountains Abbey.
- Interesting fact: In 715, the city was called Hrypis which translates as “place of the tribe called Hrype”.
- Population: 76,886 in 2001
- Nickname: “Merrie City” (Middle Ages)
- Wakefield Royalist stronghold in Civil War. Battle of Wakefield – one of first in civil war
- Location: Near River Calder made it important trading town for wool
- Coal mines around Wakefield closed in 1980s
- Wakefield Cathedral, has the tallest spire in Yorkshire at 247 feet (75 m)
- Two railway stations – Wakefield Kirkgate and Wakefield Westage.
- Town has 95-arch railway viaduct built 1860s on Leeds to Doncaster line. Used 800,000,000 bricks to build.
- Interesting Fact: Wakefield is the capital of the West Yorkshire rhubarb triangle
- Interesting facts about Wakefield
- Population: 204,439 (2014)
- Rivers: Foss and Ouss
- Motto: ‘Let the Banner of York Fly High’
- Former Roman then Old Viking stronghold (known as Jorvik)
- Diocese of York responsible for much of north England Church of England
- Famous industries: Railways, Rowntrees (confectionary)
- Attractions: National Railway Museum, historic walls, Yorkshire Museum.
- Interesting fact: Roman Emperor Constantine the Great was proclaimed Emperor by his troops at York in AD 306.
Cities in Yorkshire (historic boundaries)
- Kingston-Upon Hull
Other major towns in Yorkshire
Halifax, Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Ilkley, Keighley, Otley, Pontefract, Bingley, Castleford, Skipton, Harrogate, Scarborough, Whitby, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham.