Infobox UK district
name = Ryedale District
status = District
Yorkshire and the Humber
area = Ranked 7th
adminhq = Malton
onscode = 36UF
population = Ranked English district rank|ONS=36UF
English district population|ONS=36UF
English district density|ONS=36UF / km²
ethnicity = 99.4% White
politics = Ryedale District Council
leadership = Alternative - Sec. 31
executive = English district control|ONS=36UF
year = 2005
The name refers to the River Rye and was previously used for the Ryedale
wapentakeof Yorkshire, that covered roughly the same area. The current district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was a merger of urban districtof Norton and Norton Rural District, from the historic East Riding of Yorkshire, along with the urban districts of Malton and Pickering with Flaxton Rural District, Helmsley Rural District, Kirkbymoorside Rural District, Malton Rural Districtand Pickering Rural District, all from the North Riding of Yorkshire.
The district lost about half its population in 1996, when an expanded City of York became an
unitary authority- specifically the parishes of Clifton Without, Earswick, Haxby, Heworth Without, Holtby, Huntington, Murton, New Earswick, Osbaldwick, Rawcliffe, Skelton, Stockton-on-the-Forest, Strensall, Towthorpe, and Wigginton [http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm199495/cmhansrd/1995-02-28/Debate-13.html] [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1995/Uksi_19950610_en_2.htm#end] According to the 2001 census these parishes combined had a population of 50,163, compared to the population of the rump Ryedale district of 50,872.
In recent years the national spotlight has been shining on Ryedale after producing Miss England 2007, Georgia Horsley (of Norton on Derwent), and teenage chart-topping Indie-pop band One Night Only (of Helmsley).
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