English Counties in Yorkshire
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Seen against the prettiness of the Howardian Hills, the splendour of Castle Howard is all the more astonishing. This palace, 6 miles west of Malton, is the largest house in Yorkshire and has no counter-part among English country houses. It is Sir John Vanbrugh's first house; his second was Blenheim.
The long curving terrace which overlooks Rievaulx affords the most satisfying vantage point. This gem of 18th-c landscaping belonged to Duncombe Park. When it was laid out, the gentry would drive over to enjoy the views of the desolate abbey and the wide sweep of Yorkshire beyond the valley.
One of the historically interesting landmarks in Whitby is the ruins of Whitby Abbey, a Benedictine abbey perched high above the town and overlooking the North Sea. The monastery and abbey site was established in the 7th-century and remained until the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII in 1538.
Yorkshire Boundary Changes 1974
Yorkshire, before the redrawing of the county boundaries in 1974, was the largest county in England, containing about an eighth of the country's area and a tenth of its population. The shape of Yorkshire is simple: roughly a square, pulled down a little in its lower left-hand corner.