Yorkshire City Facts

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



Ripon photo David Bramhall

  • 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”.



photo Tim Green

  • 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)

  1. Bradford
  2. Leeds
  3. Kingston-Upon Hull
  4. Sheffield
  5. Ripon
  6. York
  7. Wakefield

Other major towns in Yorkshire

Halifax, Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Ilkley, Keighley, Otley, Pontefract, Bingley, Castleford, Skipton, Harrogate, Scarborough, Whitby, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham.

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