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A view of Wakefield Wakefield is the name of several places in the world: Wakefield, Kansas, United States of America Wakefield, Massachusetts, United States of America Wakefield, Michigan, United States of America Wakefield, Nebraska, United States of America Wakefield, New Hampshire, United States of America Wakefield, Bronx, New York, United States of America Wakefield... This article discusses the metropolitan district and named the City of Wakefield. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Wakefield_1. ...


Wakefield shown within West Yorkshire
Population 79,885
OS grid reference SE335205
Metropolitan borough City of Wakefield
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WAKEFIELD
Postcode district WF*
Dialling code 01924
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
European Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Wakefield
List of places: UKEnglandYorkshire

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Wakefield is a city by the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England. It forms the urban core and administrative centre of the wider City of Wakefield metropolitan district. For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... The River Calder is a river flowing through the predominantly urban areas of West Yorkshire, England, and gives its name to the borough of Calderdale. ... Coat of Arms of South Yorkshire West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county within the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, that has a population of 2. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Administrative Centre (in Norwegian administrativt senter) is often used in Norway to refer to a county town, or the place where the central administration of a Norwegian commune is located. ... This article discusses the metropolitan district and named the City of Wakefield. ... A metropolitan borough (or metropolitan district) is a type of local government district in England, covering urban areas within metropolitan counties. ...


Its population was 76,886 in 2001. The city's boundaries are subject to a wide range of definitions,[1] and it is not clear what definition the census was using in its calculations.


Wakefield was dubbed the "Merrie City" in the Middle Ages.

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Etymology

The name "Wakefield" is often said to derive from "Waca's field" - the field belonging to Waca. However, it is more likely to have evolved from Old English wacu, meaning "a watch or wake", and feld, an open field in which a wake was held.[2] In the Domesday Book of 1086, it was listed as Wachefeld.[3] also as Wachefelt. A line drawing entitled Domesday Book from Andrew Williamss Historic Byways and Highways of Old England. ...


History

Wakefield Westgate c1900
Wakefield Westgate c1900

Much of what is now Wakefield, including Lupset, was held by William Earl Warenne, Earl of Surrey, as conferred on him by King William I.[4] As early as 1203 William Earl Warenne received a grant to have a market in Wakefield. Wakefield and its environs formed the caput of an extensive baronial holding by the Warennes that extended to Cheshire and Lancashire. The Warennes, and their feudal sublords, continued to hold the area until the 14th century, when it passed to Warenne heirs.[5] Those Norman tenants also holding land in the region, and particularly at Lupset, included the Lyvet (Levett) family, who had given their name to the nearby hamlet of Hooton Levitt.[6][7]


In 1460, during the Wars of the Roses, the Duke of York was defeated near the city (then a town) in the Battle of Wakefield at Sandal Castle. The ruins of the castle can still be visited, and are a popular walking spot for locals. Lancaster York For other uses, see Wars of the Roses (disambiguation). ... The Battle of Wakefield took place at Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, on December 30, 1460, and was one of the major actions of the Wars of the Roses. ... Sandal Castle is a ruin near the town of Wakefield in West Yorkshire and overlooks the River Calder and Pugneys Country Park. ...


Wakefield was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1848 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. A borough is a political division originally used in England. ... The Municipal Reform Act 1835 required members of town councils (municipal corporations) to be elected by ratepayers and councils to publish their financial accounts. ...


Wakefield Cathedral is a 14th century parish church, which was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 19th century. There is also a 14th century Chantry Chapel, one of only four remaining in England.[8] The chapel tops a buttress on a bridge over the River Calder. Wakefield Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of All Saints Wakfield is the cathedral for the Church of Englands Diocese of Wakefield and is the seat of the Bishop of Wakefield. ... A parish church is the church which acts as the religious centre of a parish, the basic administrative unit of episcopal churches. ... The chapel of St Johns College, Cambridge is characteristic of Scotts many church designs Sir George Gilbert Scott (July 13, 1811 – March 27, 1878) was an English architect of the Victorian Age, chiefly associated with the design, building and renovation of churches, cathedrals and workhouses. ... The River Calder is a river flowing through the predominantly urban areas of West Yorkshire, England, and gives its name to the borough of Calderdale. ...

The Town Hall, Wood St.

The town was a centre for cloth dealing and had its own Piece Hall. For much of the 18th and 19th century, Wakefield had an unusually diverse economy for Yorkshire, but it was a much smaller town during that period. Textile mills grouped around the River Calder, and a large glass works in the east of the city was a large employer. There were several collieries around the outskirts of the town, and engineering works in the centre that had strong links to mining. The Eastmoor area was once home to large brickyards. Its position as the seat of local government for the West Riding also provided many local jobs in the councils, courts and prison. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1712x2288, 695 KB) Summary self taken, 31. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1712x2288, 695 KB) Summary self taken, 31. ... It has been suggested that Textile be merged into this article or section. ... The West Riding as an administrative county prior to its abolition in 1974. ...


In the early 20th century, large areas of council housing were built on the fields that surrounded the town, and the formerly independent villages of Sandal Magna, Belle Vue and Agbrigg became suburbs of Wakefield. As many of the new council estates depended on the expansion of coal-mining for their employment, the National Coal Board eventually became Wakefield's largest employer. The city was also surrounded by pit villages, but also by the old mill towns of Batley, Dewsbury and Ossett to the west. The National Coal Board (NCB) was the nationalised British coal mining company. ... A Mill town, also known as factory town or mill village, is typically a settlement that developed around one or more mills or factories (usually cotton mills or factories producing textiles). ...


Wakefield is known as the capital of the Rhubarb Triangle, an area notable for its early forced rhubarb. Wakefield is one of the points of the triangular area with the neighbouring towns of Morley and Rothwell as the other two. In July 2005 a statue was erected to celebrate this facet of Wakefield. The Rhubarb Triangle is an area located between Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds. ... Morleys Coat of Arms Morley is a town in the county of Yorkshire (since 1974, West Yorkshire), England, in the Metropolitan Borough of Leeds and is situated five miles south-west of Leeds City Centre. ... , Rothwell is a town in the south east of the metropolitan borough of Leeds in West Yorkshire, situated between Oulton to the east, Belle Isle to the west, Woodlesford to the north east and Robin Hood to the south west. ...


Recent history

As with most industrial areas, Wakefield suffered many years of decline. The glass and textile industries faded out in the 1970s and 1980s. Margaret Thatcher's contraction of the coal industry began with a particular focus on Wakefield: all six pits within a two mile radius of the centre were closed between 1979 and 1983. By the time of the 1984 Miners' Strike, there were still 15 pits in the rest of the district, and demonstrations in support of the strike frequently took place in the city. The city suffered a double blow through the closure of local pits and the abolition of West Yorkshire County Council, which had been based in Wakefield; many local people had been employed in administration ever since the establishment of the old West Riding council. The city long remained a depressed area, but fortunes have risen recently and unemployment is now around the national average. Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and only woman to hold either post. ... The miners strike of 1984-5 was a major piece of industrial action affecting the British coal industry. ...


Transport

There are two railway stations in the city centre, Wakefield Westgate (trains mainly to Leeds, Doncaster, Sheffield and stations on the East Coast Mainline, including the terminus at London King's Cross) and Wakefield Kirkgate (trains to Barnsley, Meadowhall, Sheffield, Normanton, Pontefract, Knottingley, Leeds and Castleford) - as well as the "Sandal & Agbrigg" station on the East Coast Mainline, just to the south of the main Westgate station. Wakefield Westgate station is maintained by National Express East Coast (NXEC), who operate the Leeds-London service, and is manned with facilities such as secure car parking, ticket office and shops. In contrast, Wakefield Kirkgate station is unmanned, and there is no ticket office or machine. Most of the windows at the front of the station are boarded-up, and the grade 2 listed[9] pub opposite, "The Wakefield Arms", has stood derelict for the last 3 years.[10] Kirkgate station is operated by Northern Rail. A second service to London is provided by East Midlands Trains with trains running via Sheffield, Leicester and into St Pancras International. Wakefield Westgate is the mainline railway station for the city of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ... For other places with the same name, see Doncaster (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... GNER White Rose train at Kings Cross railway station The East Coast Main Line (ECML) is a major railway line in the United Kingdom which links London to Aberdeen, via Stevenage, Peterborough, Grantham, Doncaster, York, Durham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Dunbar, Edinburgh, Leuchars, Dundee and Arbroath. ... This GNER train serving Kings Cross is named White Rose after the traditional symbol of Yorkshire. ... Pacer DMU at Wakefield Kirkgate platform one. ... For other uses, see Barnsley (disambiguation). ... Meadowhall is a large shopping centre located three miles northeast of central Sheffield, England. ... Arms of the former Castleford Borough Council Castleford is one of the five towns in the Wakefield borough, in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near to Pontefract, with a population of 37,525 according to the 2001 Census. ... Fitzwilliam railway station serves the Wakefield suburbs of Sandal and Agbrigg in West Yorkshire. ... National Express East Coast is the name under which the new train operating company NXEC Trains Ltd has stated it will operate the InterCity East Coast rail franchise, which includes services in England and Scotland. ... Northern Rail, usually known as Northern (and sometimes incorrectly called Northern Trains), is a train operating company, that has operated local passenger services in the north of England since 2004. ... Norwich will be at the eastern tip of the franchise area. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... This article discusses Leicester in England. ... St Pancras railway station, now officially known as St Pancras International, is a major station located in the St Pancras area of central London, between the new British Library building to the west and Kings Cross station to the east. ...


Following the success of the FreeCityBus in Leeds, and the FreeTownBus in Huddersfield, a six month trial of a zero-fare Wakefield FreeCityBus scheme began on 23rd April 2007.[11] The route connects key locations in the city including the bus station, railway stations, retail parks and shopping areas. The service runs every 10 minutes between 7:30am to 7:00pm, Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. Four hundred and fifty passengers used the service on its first running day.[12] FreeCityBus or FreeTownBus is a family of free bus services which are operated in the centres of several cities and towns in the English county of West Yorkshire. ... For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ... FreeCityBus or FreeTownBus is a family of free bus services which are operated in the centres of several cities and towns in the English county of West Yorkshire. ... , Huddersfield is a large town within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England, near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. ... Zero-fare public transport services are funded in full by means other than collecting a fare from passengers. ...


Education

See List of schools in Wakefield

The following is a partial list of currently operating schools in the Yorkshire and Humber region of England. ...

Further Education

Wakefield College is the major provider of further education in the area, with around 3,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students,[13] and campuses in both the city centre and surrounding towns. The college has a 6th form, and in addition to A-levels also offers GCSE courses and a wide range of vocational qualifications. Further education (often abbreviated FE) is post-secondary, post-compulsory education (in addition to that received at secondary school). ... // England, Wales, Northern Ireland The sixth form, in the English, Welsh and Northern Irish education systems, is the term used to refer to the final two years of secondary schooling (when students are about sixteen to eighteen years of age), during which students normally prepare for their GCE A-level...


The Wakefield district has several other 6th form colleges, including the Outwood Grange College 6th form in Outwood and the NEW College 6th Form in Pontefract. Outwood Grange College is a modern comprehensive school and Sixth Form in Outwood, near Wakefield, England. ... Outwood is a district to the north of Wakefield, a city in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. ... Pontefract Castle in the early 17th Century Pontefract is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near the A1 (or Great North Road), the M62 motorway, and Castleford. ...


Wakefield City Council has recently announced that it is planning in co-operation with Wakefield College, to establish the University Centre of Wakefield, which would offer students in the Wakefield district a new local university as an option to the offer by the University of Leeds.


Prisons

Wakefield is less celebrated, but nevertheless well known, for its prisons. Its combined prison population was 1,657 in 2001[citation needed]. Wakefield Prison is a maximum security prison, one of the most secure in Britain, and has included many notorious inmates including Ian Huntley, Harold Shipman and Charles Bronson. Wakefield was originally built as a house of correction in 1594. The former governor R.S. Duncan has suggested that the well know nursery rhyme Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush finds its origins at the prison. During its days as a female prison, the women convicts would supposedly take their children on exercise with them and sing the now well-known tune. The original tree is claimed to be still there today. The current prison was designated a dispersal prison in 1966 (longest of remaining original group). It is now a lifer main centre with the focus on serious sex offenders. The current governor is David R. Thompson, Director-General elect of Her Majesty's Prison Service. Wakefield Prison was originally built as a house of correction in 1594 and is now the largest maximum security prisons in Britain. ... Ian Kevin Huntley (born 31 January 1974 in Grimsby, England) is a former school caretaker, who in 2003 was convicted of murdering two schoolgirls - Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman - in the case known as the Soham murders. ... Harold Frederick Fred Shipman (January 14, 1946 – January 13, 2004) was an English general practitioner who was one of the most prolific known serial killers in modern history. ... Charles Bronson (born 1955) is the adopted name, of Michael Peterson, british criminal. ... Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is a British film made in 1967 based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies The film starred Barry Evans, Judy Geeson and Angela Scoular and was directed by Clive Donner. ... It has been suggested that Sex offender registry be merged into this article or section. ... Her Majestys Prison Service is the British Executive Agency reporting to the Home Office tasked with managing most of the prisons within England and Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own Prison Services). ...


The nearby HMP New Hall is a multi-use prison for women, young female offenders and girls on Detention and Training Orders (DTOs).


Social Housing

In 2004, Wakefield's council tenants voted to transfer the entire council housing stock to a new registered social landlord, the registered charity Wakefield and District Housing (WDH)[14], although the properties concerned are still often referred to as "council houses". Wakefield itself contains seven ex-council estates. The largest estate is Lupset, in the west; the others are Flanshaw, Plumpton, Peacock, Eastmoor, Portobello [known affectionately as "bella"] and Kettlethorpe. A local authority tower block in Cwmbrân, South Wales Public housing or project homes are forms of housing tenure in which the property is owned by a government authority, which may be central or local. ...


WDH are working with partners such as Wakefield's Metropolitan District Council, to invest over £700 m regenerating the district and improving the houses. Improvements have been taking place since 2005 and to date over £150 m has been spent improving homes. In August 2007 WDH completed the first in a programme of new Social Housing developments, located at Chiltern Avenue in Whitwood.


WDH is building a reputation for excellent customer care, with the latest survey reporting 83% of tenants satisfied with the service being provided and 79% believing the services provided offer value for money. At its recent Audit Commission inspection WDH was awarded the highest level of award, three stars with excellent prospects for improvement. This was only the third time this award has been granted, and WDH were the first Northern Housing Association to receive it.


Culture

Music

The indie-punk band The Cribs are from Wakefield. Prior to their emergence, Jane McDonald was the most celebrated Wakefield born contributor to the music industry. Jane regularly mentions Wakefield when acting as a panellist on ITV1's Loose Women, for various reasons, usually when talking about her childhood. In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... The Cribs are an English 3-piece indie band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, consisting of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman. ... Jane McDonald (born 4 April 1963 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire) is an English singer and television personality. ... ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... Loose Women is a an ITV afternoon programme, in which a panel of four women discuss topical issues and interview celebrity guests before a studio audience. ...


The Wakefield Cathedral Choir consists of boys, girls and men who perform at religious services, concerts and recitals at the cathedral. Choral Evensong with the boys is on Tuesdays and on Thursdays the boys are joined by the men. The girls perform Evensong on Wednesday evenings and Parish Eucharist on Sunday mornings. The boys and men also sing at Choral Eucharist and Evensong on Sundays. The girls, on occasion, sing choral Eucharist or Evensong with the Lay Clerks on Thursday or Friday evenings. Once each term, the boys and the girls swap their Sunday duties. Evening Prayer is a liturgy used in the Anglican Communion (and other churches in the Anglican tradition, such as the Continuing Anglican Movement) used in the late afternoon or evening. ... For other uses, see Eucharist (disambiguation). ...


The choir, directed by Jonathan Bielby and assisted by Thomas Moore, is one of the most successful cathedral choirs in the UK, but paradoxically has also been described by many as 'Wakefield's best kept secret'. The choir have had appearances on BBC 1's 'Songs of Praise' and BBC Radio 3's 'Choral Evensong'. BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... Songs of Praise is a BBC television programme based around traditional Christian hymns. ... BBC Radio 3 is a radio station operated by the BBC within the United Kingdom. ...


Notable songs about Wakefield

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is a British film made in 1967 based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies The film starred Barry Evans, Judy Geeson and Angela Scoular and was directed by Clive Donner. ... The word Gaol can refer to the following: Gaol American/British English jail, Early Modern English spelling, though this spelling is seldom used today, it is still considered the official spelling in Australian English. ... The Grand Old Duke of York is a childrens nursery rhyme, which, in its most common version, is: The grand old Duke of York, He marched them up to the top of the hill And when they were up, they were up; But when they were only halfway up...

Film and Television

The film, This Sporting Life is set in Wakefield and depicts the hard realities of the mines and Rugby League. It was directed by Lindsay Anderson, written by David Storey and starred Richard Harris. Many of the images of the city centre are very different from how it is today, yet the Belle Vue area, which surrounds the rugby ground, has not changed nearly as much. The film is now something of a relic; it is not closely identified with Wakefield in the way that, say, Kes is with Barnsley, The Full Monty is with Sheffield or Rita, Sue and Bob Too is with Bradford. This Sporting Life is also a radio program in Australia. ... // Kes is a British film from 1969 by director Ken Loach and producer Tony Garnett. ... This article is about the film. ... Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a British film directed by Alan Clarke about two Yorkshire schoolgirls who have a sexual fling with a married man. ...


In June 2005 Wakefield was the scene of the television programme Most Haunted, who hosted a summer solstice special in various locations around the city, including Wakefield Opera House. During the course of the show they attempted to contact the spirit of James Ellison, a former city councilman. Most Haunted is a British paranormal television programme based on investigating purported paranormal activity. ...


Museums and the arts

Wakefield city-centre is host to a small art gallery and a city museum. These will be added to by a Barbara Hepworth gallery is being built as part of the rejuvenation of the city centre's waterfront. Hepworths Family of Man in bronze, 1970, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ...


The National Coal Mining Museum for England (an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage) and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, one of Europe's foremost sculpture parks, are with the metropolitan area. The National Coal Mining Museum for England is based on the site of the old Caphouse Colliery. ... The European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) is a network of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe. ... Categories: Stub ...


The Wakefield Theatre Royal hosts a variety of performing arts. Wakefield is also known for the Wakefield Cycle, a collection of 32 mystery plays, dating from the 14th century, which were performed as part of the summertime religious festival of Corpus Christi and revived in recent times. The Wakefield Cycle or Towneley Cycle refers to a series of thirty-two mystery plays based on the Bible performed around Corpus Christi day in the town of Wakefield, England during the late Middle Ages until 1576. ... Mystery plays are one of the earliest formally developed plays in medieval Europe. ... Corpus Christi Procession in Germany This article is about the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. ...


Parks and historical sites

Pugneys Country Park is a 250 acre park located on the A636 between Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England and Junction 39 of the M1 Motorway. ... Sandal Castle is a ruin near the town of Wakefield in West Yorkshire and overlooks the River Calder and Pugneys Country Park. ... The National Coal Mining Museum for England is based on the site of the old Caphouse Colliery. ... Walton Hall is a stately home in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near Wakefield. ... Charles Waterton (June 3, 1782 - May 27, 1865) was an English naturalist and explorer. ... Categories: Stub ... Wakefield Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of All Saints Wakfield is the cathedral for the Church of Englands Diocese of Wakefield and is the seat of the Bishop of Wakefield. ... Nostell Priory in 1880. ...

Festivals

Wakefield hosts an annual Rhubarb Festival to celebrate its historical association as a grower of the plant and consists of various themed tours, talks, exhibitions and markets.


Clarence Park Festival is held annually in Thornes Park, playing free live music for the 16th time in 2008.


Night Life

The area of Westgate was historically held to have the largest number of adjacent pubs in England. The Westgate Run attracts drinkers from across the region.


Sport

Wakefield is known for its rugby league club, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Formed in 1873, the club has had a chequered history, with their glory period in the 1960s with Neil Fox, Derek 'Rocky' Turner, Keith Holliday and Harold Poynton under coach Ken Traill. They now play in the elite Super League division of the sport. Playing as the Wildcats, Wakefield's best season was in 2004 when they reached the Super League playoffs defeating Hull F.C and narrowly losing to Wigan Warriors. Official website www. ... Super League (Europe) began in March 1996 and is the only full-time professional rugby league competition operating in the northern hemisphere. ...


Wakefield RFC was the city's rugby union club from 1901 to 2004 when the club ceased playing after relegation and lack of funding. Sandal RFC are now the area's largest rugby union club. // Wakefield RFC Wakefield RFC was an English Rugby Union club, founded in 1901, and which dropped out of the English leagues in 2004 as a result of professionalism. ...


Wakefield F.C. play their football in the Unibond League First Division after their merger and move from the village of Emley in 2001. They played at Belle Vue as tenants of Trinity until the end of the 2005/6 season following their relegation. They have moved to College Grove for the start of the 2006/7 season, Wakefield RFC's former ground. Wakefield F.C. is a football club based in Yorkshire, England. ... Emley is a small village in West Yorkshire between Huddersfield and Wakefield with a population of 1,867 according to the 2001 census. ...


Wakefield is the largest town in England without a team in the Football league.


Wakefield Harriers A.C. is the athletics club located at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium and is home to international athletes including Martyn Bernard, Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas.


There are a number of Cricket and amateur rugby league teams that play in many of the villages around the city. One other notable team was skater hockey's Wakefield Warriors, which during their short life, were crowned British and European Champions. This article is about the sport. ... Rugby league football is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ...


Wakefield has two successful current senior international swimmers (Ian Perrell and Rachel Jack). Swimmer redirects here. ...


West Yorkshire Canoe Club is a canoe club bases in Wakefield, they have sessions in Wakefield, Batley & Pontefract throughout the week. The club is well known in the kayaking world because of 2 of there members; Joe Morley, GB Slalom paddler & 5th In Premier Division , and Russell Johnson, GB U23 Slalom Paddler Hopefull & 27th in Division 2.


Media

Wakefield has its own newspapers, The Wakefield Express [16], the Wakefield Guardian, and radio station Ridings FM. It also has a number of free magazines including Excelle, Solo and The Wakefield Review The Wakefield Express is the Newspaper serving for the District of Wakefield. ... Ridings FM is the commercial radio station serving Wakefield and the Five Towns area since October 3rd 1999. ...


Development

Wakefield is currently undergoing major development and re-development projects, aiming to bring new life into the city.


City Centre

  • Trinity Walk - A £175 m development to the south-east of Wakefield city centre that will see original market hall and surrounding area demolished and replaced with a new indoor market, retail units and library. Work began in autumn 2007,[17] with the entire project scheduled for completion in 2010.[18]
    • Marsh Way - Part of the Trinity Walk development, the Wakefield By-Pass, or Marsh Way, is being re-routed to accommodate Trinity Walk, phase one due to start late September 2007.
  • ABC Cinema Flats - The original ABC cinema, which closed in 1997, has been given a new lease of life and a £13.5 m redevelopment converting the cinema into flats.[19]
  • Ings Road - Plans to demolish most of the current Ings road shopping park and redevelop into a "city centre like" shopping plaza, also to re-route the "motorway like" Ings road to leave a un-congested street.
  • Ridings Shopping Centre - Owners of the centre (Moorfield Real Estate Fund) have announced they are spending several million on revamping the ageing city centre shopping mall by replacing the current doors with a glass front.[20]
  • Community Stadium - Still in the planning stages, the new stadium is the replacement to the old Belle Vue ground the home of the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The stadium is planned to be built in place of the current Thornes College in Thornes Park. The design is somewhat similar to that of Doncaster's new Keepmoat Stadium.[21]

Official website www. ... Keepmoat Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Doncaster, in England. ...

Waterfront

  • Waterfront Wakefield - £150 m Development of the Old Fernandes brewery in Kirkgate. The development will see new retail and industrial units built alongside the Hepworth Gallery, an art gallery built to honour the designs of Barbara Hepworth
  • Chantry Waters - Adjacent to the development at Wakefield Waterside, Chanty Waters is a regeneration of Calder Island alongside Vauxhall. Phase one is completed and Chantry Waters Flats were completed in February 2007. Phase Two includes office blocks and begins in 2008.

Hepworths Family of Man in bronze, 1970, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ...

Westgate

  • Westgate Station - A regeneration of the station by the city council and the English Cities Fund, moving the station down the railway line, extending the platform and building a new hotel.[22]
  • Westgate Key Development Area - The current station and goods yard will be converted into a retail and commercial hotspot.
  • Wakefield Theatre Royal - The theatre is to be extended for the inclusion of new facilities including studio space, bar/restaurant and an education suite.[23]

Notable people born in or near Wakefield

After starting his career at Manchester City, Chris Greenacre went on to play football for the likes of Cardiff, Mansfield and Stoke City, before joining League One club Tranmere Rovers on a free-transfer in the summer of 2005. ... Tranmere Rovers Football Club are an English football club, based at Prenton Park, Prenton, Birkenhead, Merseyside. ... Tim Booth in the video for Say Something Tim Booth (born Timothy John Booth, 4 February 1960, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England) attended Shrewsbury School. ... James are a rock band from Manchester, England, formed in 1981. ... SWFC redirects here. ... Andrew Burt (born 23 May 1945 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire) is an English actor. ... John Carr (1723 -1807) was a prolific English architect. ... Claire Cooper is an actress who currently plays Jacqui McQueen in British Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. ... Janet Davies (1927–22 September 1986) was a British actress. ... Reece Dinsdale is a British actor born in Normanton, Yorkshire, England, UK, in 1959. ... Home to Roost was a British sitcom, made by Yorkshire Television and first broadcast on 19 April 1985. ... Jean Ferguson (born December 20, 1944 in Wakefield) is a British actor who is best known for playing Marina on the British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. ... Helen Fielding (born February 19, 1958 in Morley, West Yorkshire) is a British author, best known as the author of the novel Bridget Joness Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason The Bridget Jones books had their origins in a column published in The Independent and... Bridget Joness Diary is a 1996 novel by Helen Fielding. ... Emily Freeman is a senior female runner from the UK. She is currently associated with the Yorkshire / Wakefield Harriers & AC. In 2006, her UK Athletics ranking in the 100m is 5th, with a best time of 11. ... Sir Martin Frobisher by Cornelis Ketel, c. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... George Gissing (November 22, 1857 – December 28, 1903) was a British novelist. ... John George Haigh (July 24, 1909 — August 10, 1949), the Acid Bath Murderer, was a serial killer in England during the 1940s. ... John Harrison John Harrison (March 24, 1693–March 24, 1776) was an English clockmaker, who designed and built the worlds first successful chronometer (maritime clock), one whose accuracy was great enough to allow the determination of longitude over long distances. ... There were 24 housemates in total in the eighth series of Big Brother in the UK where they were observed by television viewers 24 hours a day and each week, one or more housemates were voted to be evicted by the general public until the winner, Brian Belo, was left. ... Big Brother 2007 was the eighth series of the United Kingdom reality television programme Big Brother,[1] airing on Channel 4, with a number of closely associated programmes also airing on E4. ... John Healey (born 13 February 1960) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... Financial Secretary to the Treasury is a junior Ministerial post in the UK Treasury. ... Hepworths Family of Man in bronze, 1970, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ... The Long Blondes are a 5-piece English indie rock band from Sheffield. ... The Most Reverend and Right Honourable David Michael Hope (born April 14, 1940) is the current Archbishop of York, in the Church of England, and has held that position since 1995. ... Ryan Jarman (born 20 October 1980 in Wakefield, United Kingdom) is the guitarist with English rock band The Cribs. ... Gary Jarman (born 20th October 1980) is bassist and singer in the Wakefields music group The Cribs. ... Ross Anthony Jarman (born 1985) of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is the drummer of the three piece English indie band The Cribs and the youngest of the Jarman brothers. ... The Cribs are an English 3-piece indie band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, consisting of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman. ... Kenneth Leighton ( Wakefield, October 2, 1929 Edinburgh, August 24, 1988) was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire. ... John Eric Longden, born February 14, 1907 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England - died February 14, 2003 in Banning, California, was a Hall of Fame jockey. ... Anne OHare McCormick (1882-1954) was a foreign news correspondent for the New York Times, in an era where the field was almost exclusively a mans world. In 1937, she won the Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence, becoming the first woman to receive a major category Pulitzer award. ... The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. ... Arsenal SuperSub ... Jane McDonald (born 4 April 1963 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire) is an English singer and television personality. ... David Mercer (born: 27 June 1928, Wakefield, England - died: 8 August 1980, Haifa, Israel) was an English playwright and dramatist. ... Henry Moore photographed by Lothar Wolleh is in a park in Moores county of Yorkshire. ... Bill Nelson (born William Nelson on 18 December 1948) is a prolific guitarist, songwriter, painter and experimental musician from Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, UK. He currently lives in Selby, Yorkshire, England, UK. // Nelson was educated at the Wakefield College of Art, where he developed an interest in the work of poet... Be Bop Deluxe were an English progressive rock band who achieved critical acclaim and moderate commercial success during the mid to late 1970s. ... Jonty Parkin was an English rugby league footballer. ... David (Dave) Penney (born Wakefield, 17 August 1964) is an English football manager, who is currently unemployed after leaving Football League side Doncaster Rovers. ... Doncaster Rovers club badge Doncaster Rovers Football Club is an English professional football club, based at Belle Vue in the town of Doncaster, South Yorkshire. ... Carolyn Pickles (born February 8, 1952 in Wakefield, Yorkshire) is an English actress who has appeared on the West End and on British TV, most recently in Emmerdale as Shelly Williams. ... John Radcliffe. ... Adele Stephens, born on July 29, 1969, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England is a model and erotic actress. ... Richard Stoker (born 8 November 1938 in Castleford, Yorkshire) is a British composer and writer. ... Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs with nearly a quarter of a million members and millions of alumni. ... David Malcolm Storey (born 13 July 1933) is an English playwright, screenwriter and award winning novelist. ... Michael James Tindall, MBE (born October 18, 1978 in Otley) is a rugby union footballer who plays Outside centre for Gloucester and England. ... Jane Tomlinson, CBE (21 February 1964 – 3 September 2007) was a British campaigner and fund raiser for cancer charities. ... Robert Ullathorne (born October 11th 1971 in Wakefield) is an English professional football player who currently plays for Notts County as a defender. ... Norwich City Football Club (also known as The Canaries) is an English professional football club based in Norwich, Norfolk. ... Leicester City F.C., nicknamed the Foxes, are an English football team, playing in the Football League Championship. ... Charles Waterton (June 3, 1782 - May 27, 1865) was an English naturalist and explorer. ...

Sister cities

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Trivia

Two people on the Apprentice are from Wakefield Choosing the Wedding Gown by William Mulready, an illustration of Ch. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... For other uses, see Novel (disambiguation). ... Oliver Goldsmith Oliver Goldsmith (November 10, 1730 or 1728 – April 4, 1774) was an Irish writer and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770) (written in memory of his brother), and his plays The Good-naturd Man (1768) and... Big Brother 2007 was the eighth series of the United Kingdom reality television programme Big Brother,[1] airing on Channel 4, with a number of closely associated programmes also airing on E4. ... There were 24 housemates in total in the eighth series of Big Brother in the UK where they were observed by television viewers 24 hours a day and each week, one or more housemates were voted to be evicted by the general public until the winner, Brian Belo, was left. ... Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, //, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director, who also performs smaller roles in his own movies. ... Signs is a 2002 science fiction thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin. ... Crop circles is a term used to describe patterns created by the flattening of crops such as wheat, barley, rapeseed (also called canola), rye, corn, linseed and soy. ...


Location Grid

North: Leeds
West: Ossett Wakefield East: Pontefract
South: Barnsley

For other uses, see Leeds (disambiguation) and Leeds City (disambiguation). ... , Ossett [pronounced Oss-it] is an old industrial town in West Yorkshire, England on junction 40 of the M1 motorway. ... Pontefract Castle in the early 17th Century Pontefract is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near the A1 (or Great North Road), the M62 motorway, and Castleford. ... For other uses, see Barnsley (disambiguation). ...

References

  1. ^ Map of Historical Boundaries
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H. (1964). The origin of English place-names (corrected 3rd pr.). London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp. 161. ISBN 0-7100-2010-4. 
  3. ^ Mills, A.D. (1998). A dictionary of English place-names (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 361. ISBN 0-19-280074-4. 
  4. ^ The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, 1886
  5. ^ The Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, New York, 1911
  6. ^ Lupset, The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, 1882
  7. ^ Dodsworth's Yorkshire notes, the wapentake of Agbrigg, Roger Dodsworth, 1884
  8. ^ Bridge Chapels - Edward Green
  9. ^ Current Listed Building Files. Listed Buildings 26th April 2005, Wakefield District Council 40 - Listed buildings in Central Wakefield
  10. ^ Shock as pub becomes den for junkies and squatters - Wakefield Express article on deteriation of The Wakefield Arms pub
  11. ^ Wakefield FreeCityBus due for April 2007. West Yorkshire Metro.
  12. ^ Four hundred and fifty passengers used Wakefield FreeCityBus on first day. West Yorkshire Metro.
  13. ^ Wakefield College Information
  14. ^ Wakefield and District Housing - About WDH
  15. ^ The story of Wakefield Prison & the origin of a nursery rhyme
  16. ^ The Wakefield Express
  17. ^ "Work begins on major city centre development", Wakefield Express City, Johnston Press, 2007-09-07. Retrieved on 2007-11-29. 
  18. ^ Marsh Way Area (Trinity Walk). Retrieved on 2007-11-29.
  19. ^ "Cinema takes on a new role", Wakefield Express City, Johnston Press Digital, 2007-08-31. Retrieved on 2007-11-29. 
  20. ^ "Ridings' £25 m expansion plan", Wakefield Express City, Johnston Press, 2007-08-24. Retrieved on 2007-11-29. 
  21. ^ "Stadium Moves Closer", Wakefield Express City, Johnston Press, 2007-03-02. Retrieved on 2007-11-29. 
  22. ^ City Gateway in £10 m
  23. ^ Planning permission granted for the extension!. Retrieved on 2007-11-29.

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External links

  • City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
  • first Wakefield District Development Agency
  • Wakefield - The Merrie City
  • Wakefield - Polish Forum (Forum Polaków z Wakefield i okolic w Wielkiej Brytani
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