Welcome...

to the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy

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West Yorkshire has a population of 2.1 million and covers an area of 787 square miles. It is characterised by industrial towns – some of the best known in the country – punctuated by contrasting landscapes, from the undulating beauty of Wharfedale to the rugged hills of the Pennines and the moorlands that inspired the Bronte sisters…

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Manufacturing has a major presence in West Yorkshire, and some of the most successful firms are highly innovative, catering for specialist, hi-tech markets. Mass production of wool textiles might have declined greatly, but high quality cloth from West Yorkshire retains its unrivalled reputation around the world – James Bond’s suits are tailored from it!

Agriculture, mining and quarrying, retail, distribution and financial services are among the other important sectors, while accommodation, food and recreation are a notable growth area and received an exceptional boost when the Tour de France came to the county in 2014 read more…