The seven cities of Yorkshire
The oldest is
The next to be recognised as cities were
In 1836, Ripon became the cathedral city of a huge new diocese taking most western parts of Yorkshire from the Diocese of York. In 1888, as the population of industrial towns expanded, Wakefield became the cathedral city of a new Diocese of Wakefield which took over the southern part of the huge Diocese of Ripon. The Local Government Act that year also made the West Riding an administrative county from the following year, with Wakefield the location of its County Hall. Neither Ripon nor Wakefield had the largest populations of the West Riding and there continues to be larger towns in Yorkshire, particularly in the case of Ripon, which is among the smaller cities of the UK.
Four other expanded towns were recognised as cities in the final decade of the 19th century -
Below are the seven cities of Yorkshire in alphabetical order.