South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in the Yorkshire and the Humber regions of England, with a population of over 1.29 million; it came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972; it is landlocked and consists of four metropolitan boroughs, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield; it borders Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

The main settlements of South Yorkshire grew up around the industries of mining and steel manufacturing; the main mining industry was coal which was concentrated to the north and east of the county; there were also iron deposits which were mined in the area; the rivers running off the Pennines to the west of the county supported the steel industry that was concentrated in the city of Sheffield; the proximity of the iron and coal also made this an ideal place for steel manufacture.

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