This map is reproduced by permission from the website of the Yorkshire Ridings Society (link now defunct).
Known as God's own Country the boundaries of Yorkshire as shown above were established in the ninth century.
When Local Government was reorganised in 1974 some people believed that the old counties no longer existed despite a Government Statement that
The new county boundaries are administrative areas, and will not alter the traditional boundaries of counties, nor is it intended that the loyalties of people living in them will change, despite the different names adopted by the new administrative counties.Maps of the historical counties of Britain and more information can be found on the website of the Association of British Counties.
The ramparts of Skipton Castle.
I've been a Life member of the Yorkshire Dialect Society for about forty years now. Established in 1897, it is the world's oldest surviving dialect society. It holds four meetings a year around the county and publishes both an annual Transactions and a Summer Bulletin.
The former generally contains a number of scholarly articles such as (in the 2007 edition) LEXICAL EROSION AND INNOVATION IN NORTH-WEST DERBYSHIRE by Jon Fyne, which sounds a bit dry and tangential, but is actually a fascinating read. It also includes some excellent original poetry. The latter publication is generally the place for more popular contemporary writing and verse in dialect.
One of the strengths of the YDS is its ability to attract on the one hand, academics whose interests are primarly in language, linguistics or history, and on the other, creative writers and speakers of dialect. My deepest regret as a Council member is my inability to attend meetings these days.
The view from the top of Holme Moss.
My favourite Yorkshire Dialect poet was the late Fred Brown - read his poem Euclid's Childer.
There are several writers of haiku in Scots; one of the best is John McDonald, but so far as I know, I'm the only person to have written haiku in Yorkshire dialect. These SIX YORKSHIRE HAIKU were published in Summer Bulletin in 2002.
oe'er-ran wi' bahndweed
wheeir t'muck-stacks were
lush trees nah grow
sheep on t'fells kip
bi a stoan
river agate —
ducks on t'igh bank
waddle i' a lahne
bi t'low Jan'ry sun
Paris ti Hades
a breet-een'd kestrel
© Gerald England, 2002