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Wakefield town guide

Wakefield in West Yorkshire has a proud heritage. After over a century of reliance on coal mining it became a thriving manufacturing centre, and has now become a main shopping and distribution centre. As far back as the 13th. Century, Wakefield was an important weaving and dyeing centre and over the years has had a history as diverse as coal mining, rugby league and liquorice.

Its situation close to the intersection of the M1 and M62 motorways and close to the A1, Trunk Road has made it an ideal transport location.

Wakefield Cathedral is a magnificent building in the centre of the city. The prison is the origin of the nursery rhyme "here we go round the Mulberry Bush" and the said bush is still in the exercise yard at the prison.

While in the area, why not hire a car and visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at nearby Bretton Hall. In five hundred acres of 18th. Century landscaped grounds you can see famous sculptures in a magnificent setting. The well-known sculptress, Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield.

Also near to Wakefield is Nostell Priory, this magnificent property has been recently restored by the National Trust and is well worth a visit.

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