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Tel code: 01924 | code search
Postcode: WF1 | code search
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Birthplace of:
Barbara Hepworth David Storey Charles Yonge Geoffrey Boycott Cyril Knowles George Gissing Kenneth Leighton David Mercer John Radcliffe Martin Frobisher
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Food Legends:
Rhubarb Triangle
Folk Customs:
Denby Dale Pie
Lee Fair
Midgley Pace Egg Play
Minden Day
The Devils Knell

Wakefield Events

March
Easter Eggstravaganza

June
Long Division
Miners’ Gala

July
Family Summer Fun
Land Rover Show
Miners' Gala

August
Midgefest

September
Heritage Open Weekend
Rag Rugs
Wakefield Rock n Wrestle Festival

November
Autumn Fair
Santa Underground Grotto
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The city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire has the River Calder as part of its fabric, and the city and river are entwined in the history of the place. Wakefield is believed to have been settled and developed by the Angles who probably came by boat up the Calder as late as the fifth century, the place-name probably meaning Wacca’s field (the field belonging to a man called Wacca). As a crossing of the Calder it was a meeting point and a place to trade, and cattle dealing was a vital part of the economy there for many centuries. In the late ninth century the Vikings ruled the region briefly, having taken York from the Saxons, but the Normans made a far greater mark after the conquest. On the positive side the Normans replaced the small Saxon church with a far larger one. On the very negative side they devastated the area in their backlash to the revolt against William’s rule started in the North. The commercial progress of Wakefield was marked by John’s granting of a charter in 1204 that allowed a three day fair to take place around All Saints’ Day. In 1258 Henry III granted the town the right to a summer fair. As the regional cattle centre Wakefield also developed a tanning industry through medieval times, and the wool trade grew too with weaving and dyeing (both tanning and weaving benefited from the Calder’s waters), and there was a Piece Hall here for the sale of hand-woven cloth. The town’s prosperity saw the building of a Chantry Chapel at Kirkgate Bridge in 1356, and the building of All Saints’ Church (which became a Cathedral in 1888). Sandal Castle outside Wakefield became a significant fortress, and was the scene of the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 when the Duke of York was killed in what was for a time a decisive phase of the Wars of the Roses. The Calder, already vital to the town’s development, was improved for transport after the passing of the Aire and Calder Navigation Act in 1699, opening up the route to the North Sea. Industrial progress was facilitated by easier transport, the coal mining and textiles businesses in the area thriving as a result. The coming of the railways in 1840 (and the city retains two stations still) reduced the importance of river freight, but even today the Calder is of commercial importance, with a £150m scheme underway to improve the waterfront for tourist, business and industrial use. Just off the M1, and with the M62 running above it, Wakefield is easy to get to and from, making it a good base for a weekend of exploration. The varied nature and history of the city (which Wakefield became in 1888) can be summed up by looking at three of the sights there: the ruins of Sandal Castle south of the city; the National Coal Mining Museum (the town lost its nearest pits in the early 1980s); and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park just down the M1, featuring works by one of the city’s most famous daughters, Dame Barbara Hepworth (with a gallery in her honour in the city centre too). There have been plenty of other famous people to come out of Wakefield, from the explorer Martin Frobisher (who found the Northwest Passage) to 1940s acid bath killer John Haigh. On the lighter side Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones, also comes from the area.

Accountant

ABS & Co Accountants Ltd
Beaumonts Chartered Accountants
Beneficial Finance
M & M Accountancy Service Ltd

Attraction

Anglers Country Park & Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre
Gissing Centre
National Coal Mining Museum
Newmillerdam Country Park
Nostell Priory (NT)
Pugneys Country Park
Sandal Castle
Wakefield Art Gallery
Wakefield Cathedral
Wakefield Museum
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Campanile Hotel *book online*
Days Inn Wakefield *book online*
Premier Inn Wakefield Central *book online*
Premier Inn Wakefield City North *book online*
Premier Inn Wakefield South (M1 J39) *book online*

Travelodge Wakefield *book online*
Travelodge Wakefield Woolley Edge M1 Northbound *book online*
Travelodge Wakefield Woolley Edge M1 Southbound *book online*
Village Motel *book online*

Camping

Nostell Priory Park

Caravan Park

Highfield House Caravan Park

Care Home

Ardsley Cottage
Daisy Vale House
Dolphin Lane Care Home
Earls Lodge Care Home
Gateholme
Lawrence Care Home
Mayfield House
Woodhouse Cottage
Woodhouse Hall

Cinema

Cineworld

Classes

Dance - Betty Chappelle Dance Centre
Yoga - Nicky Kendrick

Club

Buzz & Metro
Flares

Havana

Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Dentist

Crigglestone Dental & Implant Care
Dental Practice
Outwood Dental Care
Queen Street Dental Practice
Richards and Associate

Estate Agent

Brown William H
Hodsons
John Stuart & Co
Kendall Richard
Letmove.com
Simon Miller Property
Vickers Orriss
Woodheads Estate Agents

Golf Club

City of Wakefield Golf Club
Lofthouse Hill
Normanton
Painthorpe House
Wakefield Golf Club

Waterton Park Golf Club

Health and Fitness Club

Esteem Personal Training Studio
Fitness First Wakefield
Gallery Health and Fitness Club
Greens Health and Fitness
Oasis Health Club

Market

Pledwick CC Car Boot
Rotary Club Of Wakefield Car Boot
Thornes Juniors Car Boot
Wakefield Market
Wakefield Market Hall

Performing Arts

Accord Singers
Theatre Royal & Opera House

Pub and Bar

Albion Inn
Bay Horse Inn
Castle (The)
Cheers
Cock Inn
Cow Shed
Elephant & Castle

Holiday Inn Leeds Wakefield M1, Junction 40
Kaye Arms Inn & Brasserie
New Inn
Pledwick Well Inn
Portobello
Queen
Raven
Rocking Horse
The Three Houses
Unicorn Inn
Vine Tree
Wagon & Horses

Restaurant

Aagrah Restaurant
Bella Roma
Castle (The)
Cow Shed
Holiday Inn Leeds Wakefield M1, Junction 40
Jaf Jaf
Kaye Arms Inn & Brasserie
La Dolce Vita

Los Suenos
Magdalene's Restaurant
Masala's Indian Restaurant
Mex Cantina
New Inn
Prego Pizzeria
Royal Diner
Thai on the Square
Traders (Wakefield)
Wolski's

School

Cliff School
Queen Elizabeth Grammar Junior School
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Silcoates School
Sunny Hill House School
Wakefield Girls' High School
Wakefield Girls' High School Junior School

Solicitor

Chadwick Lawrence
Claire Jones & Assoicates
Dixon Coles & Gill

Lawsons Solicitors
Pollard Coutts & Co

Taxi

A B C Taxis & Airport Transfer Services
Abbey Taxis
Ace Taxis
Bargain Taxis
Coach Hire Wakefield
Diamond Cars
Fleet Taxis
Mini Bus Hire Wakefield
Wakefield Cars

Theatre

Theatre Royal & Opera House

Vet

Chantry Veterinary Group

Sports Clubs

City of Wakefield SC (Swimming & Diving)
Flockton CC (Cricket)
Pledwick CC (Cricket)
Sandal RUFC (Rugby Union)
Slazenger (Men's Hockey)
Slazenger (Women's Hockey)
Stanley Rangers ARLFC (Rugby League)

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Wakefield & Emley (Amateur Football)
Wakefield Hockey Club (Men's Hockey)
Wakefield Hockey Club (Women's Hockey)
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Rugby League)
West Riding Sailing Club (Sailing)

Shops

Book Sales
Stringer W H & Sons
The Works
Angels World Of Flowers
Candlelife Ltd
Thus Organic
Boots
Pick-a-Lily
Wyevale Garden Centre
Spring Green Nurseries
Newstead Garden & Bonsai Centre
Living Care Pharmacy
Patterson Opticians
Capretti
Wishbone Ash

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J D Sports
Staples
Stomp Clothing
Avart
Ernest Jones
Special Selections
Blacker Hall Farm Shop
Mothercare
Gamestation
B&Q
Goldsmiths
Blooming Fantastic
Specsavers
T K Maxx
J J B Sports
Pets At Home
Photoneg
Face The Future
Topman
Topshop
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BHS
The Entertainer

Antiques

Wilson Antiques
Old Vicarage Antiques & Books

Activities

Ministry of Paintball(Adventure)
Wakefield CC(Cycling)
Rockwood Equestrian Centre(Outdoor Pursuits)

Places to Stay near Wakefield

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Saville Guest House (0.21 miles)

Saville Guest House

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The Saville Guest house is a pleasant friendly place to stay. All rooms are en-suite with all the many of the latest modern amenities. Saville Guest House is a family owned ... More

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Travelodge Wakefield (0.23 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Stanley View Guest House (0.59 miles)

Stanley View Guest House

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For the past 20 years the Stanley View Guest House, close to Wakefield city centre, has been run by the same family. If you are a racing fan, we are handy ... More

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Parklands Hotel (0.85 miles)

Parklands Hotel

Retaining the ambience and character of the original Victorian Vicarage. Positioned next to Thornes Park, and only 5 minutes from the M1 motorway. A quiet, friendly location which is less than 1/2 a mile ... More | visit website

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Premier Inn Wakefield Central (0.94 miles)

Premier Inn Wakefield Central
An ideal quiet location within easy reach of the M1 and M62. For shops and local amenities Wakefield city centre is only a 10 minute walk away. Conveniently situated for Wakefield Westgate train station. Our Wakefield ... More | visit website
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Premier Inn Wakefield City North (1.02 miles)

Premier Inn Wakefield City North
Situated just 1.5 miles from Wakefield city centre, this hotel is ideally located within easy reach of the M1 junction 41 and Wakefield Westgate train station. For business this hotel is near to Paragon Business ... More | visit website
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Campanile Hotel (1.40 miles)

Campanile Hotel

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Boasting easy access from M1 (Junction 39), a free car park, on-site restaurant and rooms with an en suite bathroom, this modern hotel provides ideal accommodation for all travellers. Take advantage of ... More

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Days Inn Wakefield (2.01 miles)

Days Inn Wakefield
Located just off junction 40 of the M1 and within 5 minutes of the M62 makes the Days Hotel Wakefield an ideal location for all. The hotel is just 2 miles from the centre of ... More | visit website
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Premier Inn Wakefield South (M1 J39) (2.18 miles)

Premier Inn Wakefield South (M1 J39)
A convenient location within easy reach of the M1 junction 39. Situated 3 miles from Westgate train station and 20 miles to Leeds Bradford Airport. Our Wakefield South Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy ... More | visit website
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Tall Trees Hotel (3.15 miles)

Tall Trees Hotel

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Tall Trees Hotel is licensed *non smoking)& located on the A61 out of Leeds, just ten Minutes from the City Centre, and only 10 minutes from Wakefield. The M1 and ... More

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