Yorkshire History


The region was first occupied after the retreat of the ice age around 8000 BC. During the first millennium AD it was occupied by Romans, Angles and Vikings.

In 1066, after the death of King Edward the Confessor, Yorkshire became the stage for two major battles that would help decide who would succeed to the throne one of which was Stamford Bridge. Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Yorkshire was subject to the punitive harrying of the North, which caused great hardship. 

When conflict arose between the two Dukes during the Wars of the Roses much of the fighting took place in Yorkshire, where their estates were interlocked and woven together. The area proved to be notable for uprisings and rebellions through to the Tudor period. The Yorkshire rebellion of1489 occurred during the reign of Henry VII.  

During the industrial revolution the West Riding became the second most important manufacturing area in the United Kingdom.