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South Yorkshire,former metropolitan county, N central England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county embraced the Sheffield conurbation and comprised four metropolitan districts (metropolitan boroughs): BarnsleyBarnsley
, metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 76,783), N England. Coal mining, engineering, and clothing industries dominate the local economy. A mining and technical college is in Barnsley.
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, metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 74,727), N central England, on the Don River. Doncaster is a communications center, located on important rail lines and roads, and a market for fruits, vegetables, and livestock.
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, metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 122,374), N England, at the confluence of the Don and Rother rivers. Situated in a principal coal district, the city manufactures steel, brass, clothing, electrical equipment, chemicals, glass, and beer.
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city and metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 470,685), N England, at the confluence of the Don River and four tributaries. Sheffield was one of the leading industrial cities of England. It has been a center of cutlery manufacture since the 14th cent.
..... Click the link for more information. . South Yorkshire was abolished in 1986, and the districts became responsible for all services except police, fire, and civil defense, which are supervised jointly. It remains a ceremonial county under the Lieutenancies Act.
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a metropolitan county of N England, administered since 1986 by the unitary authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield, and Rotherham. Area: 1560 sq. km (602 sq. miles)
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