West Yorkshire is a county in the North of England North of Greater Manchester with a population of over 2.1 million and includes the cities of Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford plus urban areas Kirklees and Calderdale.
Leeds is the largest city in West Yorkshire with a total population of over 440,000 for the city and 770,000 for the surrounding area. Leeds has seen extensive business development and is acknowledged as being one of the top cities for attracting modern companies such as finance, media, hi-tech and administration; over 100,000 people work in the financial sector in Leeds.
The famous literary sisters the Bronte’s were born in Haworth near Bradford, and thousands of visitors come to celebrate the lives and works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne every year. The Bronte’s were known as the foremost female authors of their days with Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre being particularly popular. The area around the South Pennines is known as ‘Bronte Country’ due to the rugged natural beauty as perfectly evoked in the works of the Bronte sisters.