The Kingdom of Wessex was now in its ascendant and established its dominance over the North in general, placing Yorkshire again within Northumbria, which retained a certain amount of autonomy as an almost-independent earldom rather than a separate kingdom.The Wessex Kings of England were reputed to have respected the Norse customs in Yorkshire and left law-making in the hands of the local aristocracy.Following boundary changes in 1974, small areas in the west of the historic county form part of North West England.Yorkshire or the County of York was so named as it is the shire (administrative area or county) of the city of York or York's Shire.as its enemies often referred to it, invaded Northumbrian territory in 866 AD.
Their capital was at Petuaria, close to the Humber Estuary.
In the weeks immediately leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD, Harold II of England was distracted by events in Yorkshire.
His brother Tostig and Harold Hardrada, King of Norway, attempted a takeover in the north, having won the Battle of Fulford.
and also features in the titles of current areas of civil administration such as North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.
Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire are vast stretches of unspoilt countryside.