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Riding

This page refers to a Riding as a unit in local government. For the more usual meaning, see horse and related articles

A riding is a subdivision of a county. The word is a corruption of the Old Norse þriðing meaning a third part.

Traditionally, Yorkshire has three ridings, East, North and West, which were themselves subdivided into wapentakes.

The ridings had separate county councils until 1974. A local government body called East Riding of Yorkshire was reestablished in 1996.

Lindsey, a subdivision of Lincolnshire, also possessed Ridings, in this case the North, West and South ridings.

County Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland was divided in the 19th century into two (not three) ridings, Tipperary North Riding and Tipperary South Riding — the divisions remain but these have since been renamed simply 'North Tipperary' and 'South Tipperary'.

The term Farthing (four-thing) is analogous. Gloucestershire was once divided into Farthings, and in the fictional universe of Middle-earth, The Shire is divided into four Farthings.


In the semiofficial jargon of Canadian politics, a riding is a constituency or electoral district. The term is derived from the English local government term, and may have its roots in the idea that a member of parliament should be able to ride via horseback, from the centre of his constituency to any one location that he represents in a single day. See: Electoral district (Canada)