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Wakefield is the main settlement and administrative centre of the City of Wakefield, a metropolitan district of West Yorkshire, England. Located by the River Calder, on the eastern edge of the Pennines, the urban area is 2,062 hectares and had a population of 76,886 in 2001. Wakefield was dubbed the "Merrie City" in the Middle Ages and in 1538 John Leland described it as, "a very quick market town and meately large; well served of fish and flesh both from sea and by rivers ...
Administrative CountyWakefield
Traditional CountyYorkshire, West Riding
OS GridSE3320
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Police AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Ambulance AuthorityYorkshire
Dialling code01924

Other names by which Wakefield has been known in the past

Waehefeld ~ Wakfield

Wakefield in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Wakefield, parl. and mun. bor., market town, par., and township, S. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, on river Calder, 9 miles S. of Leeds and 176 from London by rail - par., 10,056 ac., pop. 51,140; township, 758 ac., pop. 22,173; mun. bor., 1553 ac., pop. 30,854; parl. bor., pop. 34,566; 4 Banks, 4 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Friday. Wakefield is a well-built town, with wide and regular streets, and with handsome public buildings. A curious relic of antiquity is the chapel on the bridge which spans the Calder, built by Edward IV. in memory of his father, Richard, Duke of York. Wakefield has considerable mfrs. of woollens, worsteds, and hosiery, breweries, roperies, foundries, railway waggon works, and cocoa-fibre mat manufactories; it is a great mart for corn, malt, and wool; and in the neighbourhood are extensive coal mines. It was the scene of a battle in 1460, in which Richard, Duke of York, was defeated and slain; it was also the scene of frequent strife during the Civil War. Wakefield was incorporated in 1626; it was made a parliamentary borough in 1832, and returns 1 member; its parliamentary limits were extended in 1885 so as to include the Belle Vue portion of Sandal Magna parish.

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