Council of the North

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The Council of the North was an administrative body set up by Richard III of England in 1484 to improve government control over the northern counties. It was originally based at Sheriff Hutton and Sandal, England.


Following the suppression of the Pilgrimage of Grace, Henry VIII reorganised the council. He placed it under Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset with its seat at York. It met the lodgings of St. Mary's Abbey in the centre of that city; after the dissolution of the abbey the building was retained by by the king who formally allocated it to the Council. The building is nowadays called King's Manor.

Noted presidents of the Council:

It was abolished by the Long Parliament in 1641.

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