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The King of England marched North where the two armies met at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.Tostig and Hardrada were both killed and their army was defeated decisively.Early inhabitants of Yorkshire were Celts, who formed two separate tribes, the Brigantes and the Parisi.The Brigantes controlled territory which later became all of the North Riding of Yorkshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

His brother Tostig and Harold Hardrada, King of Norway, attempted a takeover in the north, having won the Battle of Fulford.

The extreme northern part of the county, such as Great Ayton, Runswick Bay, Middlesbrough and Dalton-on-Tees, falls within North East England.

Following boundary changes in 1974, small areas in the west of the historic county now form part of North West England.

Although the Roman conquest of Britain began in 43 AD, the Brigantes remained in control of their kingdom as a client state of Rome for an extended period, reigned over by the Brigantian monarchs Cartimandua and her husband Venutius.

Initially, this situation suited both the Romans and the Brigantes, who were known as the most militant tribe in Britain.

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