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Points of Interest: Wakefield
Wakefield is a located by the River Calder on the eastern edge of the Pennies in West Yorkshire. Beginning life as a market town in the Middle Ages, and despite being the site of a battle during the War of the Roses, it managed to continue developing thanks to its position on the river.
By the 19th Century, Wakefield had become a wealthy town trading in wool and corn but as the demand for cloth started to decline, the city responded by developed wool spinning mills powered by steam engines in the river.
Wakefield Cathedral is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. It is 75 metres tall and is the tallest church in Yorkshire. The cathedral is currently undergoing a £2 million restoration project thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
There are a number of other prominent structures, including the old Wakefield Bridge with its Chantry Chapel, Lawe Hill (also known as Wakefield Castle) in Clarence Park, and the 95-arch railway viaduct which spans over Westgate and River Calder.
Clarence Park is one of the three parks in Wakefield. It is home to the Clarence Park Festival which is organised by the Wakefield Music Collective and is the longest-running free music festival in Yorkshire.
Sandal Castle is the second castle in the city and is best known for the Battle of Wakefield in which Richard Duke of York was killed. Visitors can view the remains of the castle as well as learn more about its history in the modern visitor centre.
Wakefield Museum was relocated to Wakefield One and officially opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2013. It tells the story of the city’s past with displays of local cultural treasures and The Front Room.