A county town is the location of the administrative headquarters of a county.
In the case of Yorkshire in England, there are three county towns, one for each Riding: Northallerton for the North Riding, Beverley for the East Riding, and Wakefield for the West Riding. Contrary to popular belief, there are no civil administrative offices for the county of Yorkshire as a whole (not even in York).
In 1974 the administrative boundaries of the United Kingdom were altered and in some areas (particularly Scotland and Wales) the old counties were replaced by new administrative districts. The boundaries were altered again in 1996 to create Unitary Authorities and some of the pre-1974 counties and county towns were restored.
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List of County Towns
Traditional Counties of England
Non-metropolitan counties of England created in 1974