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Wakefield Council Online Accession Number 1984.74

A solemn procession leaves the Cathedral after the consecration of the newly-built Saint Mark's Chapel.

Wakefield Council Online Accession Number 1993.155

The alley that once existed between Cross Square and Northgate was called Butcher's Row.

Wakefield Council Online Accession Number 1966.440

A particularly old photo of Cross Square. Most of the street has been extensively redeveloped and the Market Cross structure demolished.

Wakefield Council Online Accession Number 1968.77/16

A bobby directs traffic at the foot of Cross Square.

Wakefield Council Online Accession Number 1968.77/16

A view over the weir towards the Chantry Bridge.

Wakefield Council Online Accession Number 1983.170

A drawing of Sandal Castle made during the reign of Elizabeth I. This was my best guess at the site of the gate. The fields in front of the castle were the scene of the bitterly contested Battle of Wakefield during the Wars of the Roses in 1460. The Duke of York sortied from the castle to meet the massing Lancastrian army. His army quickly found itself cut off from the castle and was annihilated. Many refugees from his army fled as far as the chantry bridge before being caught and killed. The Duke of York's head was taken and somewhat ironically mounted on the Mickelgate Bar at York.

Wakefield Council Online Accession Number 1966.524/28

Sandal Castle's moat. The castle was destroyed by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War and left to fall into ruin.

Wakefield Council Online Accession Number 1993.393

Some children enjoy a day out on the ruins of Sandal Castle. The mounds of earth indicate the castle had not yet been excavated.

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