What’s happening in Wakefield?
Wakefield is a city in West Yorkshire, England. Located on the River Calder and the eastern edge of the Pennines, Wakefield was dubbed the “Merrie City” in the Middle Ages. I can tell you that it’s even merrier when you’re there vaping the delicious e-liquids from Medusa Juice Vape Shop.
War and peace
The Battle of Wakefield took place in the Wars of the Roses and it was a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War. Wakefield became an important market town and centre for wool. In the 18th century, Wakefield traded in corn, coal mining and textiles and in 1888, it became the county town of the West Riding of Yorkshire and its parish church acquired cathedral status.
We have evidence of human activity since prehistoric times. Flint and stone tools and later bronze and iron implements have been found at Lee Moor and Lupset in the Wakefield area. The Brigantes made their home in this part of Yorkshire until the Roman occupation in AD 43.
Wakefield was probably settled by the Angles in the 5th or 6th century and after AD 876 the area was controlled by the Vikings who founded twelve hamlets or “thorpes” around Wakefield. Before 1066, the manor of Wakefield belonged to Edward the Confessor, before it passed to William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings. After the Conquest, Wakefield was a victim of the harrying of the north in 1069. William the Conqueror then took revenge on the local population for resistance to Norman rule.
During medieval times Wakefield became an inland port on the River Calder and centre for both the woollen and tanning trades. Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York was killed on 30 December 1460 in the Battle of Wakefield near Sandal Castle during the Wars of the Roses. In preparation for the impending invasion by the Spanish Armada in 1558, four hundred men from the wapentake of Morley and Agbrigg were summoned to Bruntcliffe near Morley. Men from Kirkgate, Westgate, Northgate and Sandal were amongst them and all returned by that August. At the time of the Civil War, Wakefield was a Royalist stronghold.
At the start of 19th century Wakefield was a wealthy market town and inland port trading in wool and grain. The market developed in the streets around the Bull Ring, and the cattle market between George Street and Ings Road grew to be one of the biggest in the country. The railways arrived in Wakefield in 1840 when Kirkgate Station was built on the Manchester to Leeds line. When dealing in cloth declined, wool spinning mills using steam power were built by the river. There was a glass works in Calder Vale Road, several breweries including Melbourne’s and Beverley’s Eagle Breweries, engineering works with strong links to the mining industry, soapworks and brickyards in Eastmoor, giving the town a diverse economy.
The glass and textile industries closed in the 1970s and 1980s, and coal faced competition from alternative sources while the demand decreased. The coal mines around Wakefield were amongst the first in Yorkshire to close under the government of Margaret Thatcher. As you might imagine this hit the entire area hard and alternate jobs were needed to keep the population afloat.
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What’s going on
When you’re visiting Wakefield, be sure to take advantage of the great sites and shopping to be found there. The historical sites and landmarks are must-see places. Amongst these include Nostell Priory and Parkland, Wakefield Cathedral, Sandal Castle, and Woolley Hall. For some family entertainment as well, there’s great museums such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield Museum and The Mental Health Museum. You may also enjoy Wakefield Art Gallery.
There are several unique gift shops as well as malls to explore if you’re in the mood to shop, stores like Merlins of Wakefield, Trinity Walk Wakefield, Coeur de Xocolat Safaris and Woodstreet Antique Centre. You might also enjoy visiting The Old Curiosity Shop Antiques and Collectibles.
While in the area, you can also enjoy some family fun and games at a number of establishments. Everything from Movie theatres, escape rooms and more. You can shoot it out with family and friends at Delta Force Paintball, or experience the excitement of a fighter pilot at Yorkshire Flight Simulator. Other fun times can be had at Enigma Rooms, Cineworld, and Battlezone Archery Tag.
If you want something just for the adults, you could try Gala Bingo, Mecca Bingo, and Unity Works. Or perhaps you’d like to have a cocktail or two. Well, there’s plenty of choice for you there too. Wakefield is a great place to enjoy the nightlife. From comedy clubs to pubs or fine dining, it can all be had here. Harry’s Bar, The Hop, Elliot’s Bar, Horse and Jockey are a good places to start a night out. As is The Greenhouse, British Oak and The Unicorn Inn. Don’t forget about the Wakefield Beer Exchange, The White Horse Pub and the Black Bull.
For fine dining, consider visiting Iris, The New Inn Walton, Sloanes or The Star Inn. Other nice locations to enjoy local fare and good prices include The Plough Inn, The Kaye Arms, The Cow Shed and Moccha Cafe Pizzaria.
Or maybe you’re looking for a warm drink, such as a nice cup of coffee or tea. If that’s what you’re in the mood for be sure to try Taste Buds @ The Station, Marmalade On The Square, Health Tea Rooms or Rich and Fancy. Any or all of these serve lovely drinks and provide a relaxing environment to enjoy your choice of beverage.
Warehouse 23 and Wakefield Jazz provide an excellent venue for concerts and shows, so be sure to check what’s on while visiting Wakefield.
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