I had a look around the Bridge and Chantry Chapel after I visited the Hepworth Gallery. The Chantry Chapel was built in the mid 1300s when the stone bridge had to be replaced with a wooden one. It is classed as a Grade I listed building. Further rebuilds took place in the mid 19th Century but the original base stonework can still be seen.
The chanty has been used for worship (originally for Catholic priests to say mass for souls for the dead) before the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century. The building was also secular purposes for businesses and it returned to the church for worship in the mid 19th Century.
Please see further information about the The Friends of Wakefield Chantry Chapel who maintains the building and arranges for visitors to see it.
The contemporary art gallery was built in 2011 and name after Barbara Hepworth, a famous Yorkshire Sculpture. The gallery hosts a number of travelling and permanent contemporary exhibitions which can be found on this website. The museum has six exhibition gallery spaces along with a cafe and gift shop.
Here's a blog of my visit in June 2013.
I recently visited Nostell Priory and Parklands and finally I was able to get ditigal pictures of both the house and the grounds! On this occasion, I visited the house and took a tour, walked to the Obelisk and took lakeside trails. On my way in, via the pedestrian entrance, there is a church, St Michael and Our Lady Wragby and not NT owned, which has interesting features.
My first visit there was in April 2006 where we had a picnic in the grounds but didn't go into the house. We had a wonder round the Nostell Parkland and Gardens where we enjoyed the spring flowers. Nostell Priory was named after a 12th century monastery. After the reformation the Priory became a deer park in the 17th century and originally owned by Priory St Oswald.
Sir Rowland Winn commissioned plans for the grounds to be redesigned for the new house but turned out to be in a naturalistic setting when the Upper Lake and the Doncaster-Wakefield Road Pubilc Bridge were created in the mid 18th Century. Sir Rowland's son continued developing the parkland and the house which included Obelisk Lodge which linked the road from Pontefract to York during the 19th Century. The Winn family employed Robert Adam and Thomas Chippendale for the house's furnishings along with Antoinio Zucci and James Rose for the interior decor.
Today The National Trust are currently restoring the Parkland and its historic buildings to how they were in the 19th Century with which will open new areas for the public to explore in the future.
The Cathedral is a landmark in the heart of the city. It stands on a site that has had a place of worship since Saxon times. Parts of the Cathedral date back to the 1100's. At a height of 247 feet, the spire is the tallest in Yorkshire.
The Cathedral is free to enter & visitors can take the Discovery tour around the building.
The castle is situated south of the city, near to the place where the Battle of Wakefield took place. This happened in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses in a battle where Richard, Duke of York was killed. The castle was later besieged twice during the English Civil War in the 1640's.
There are still remains of the 13th century stone castle as well as the motte & bailey. A climb to the top of the motte gives great views of Wakefield & the surrounding countryside.
The castle is easily reached from the city. There is a visitor centre & a car park. The grounds are free to enter & are open from dawn until dusk.
I never set out to buy loads of fridge magnets to celebrate my travels. What happened was I bought a large, but used fridge a couple of years ago. I paid pennies for it so the few scratches and dents on the front (only) did not bother me – until I got into my new house. Then the idea of fridge magnets seemed like a great idea all of a sudden!
We do not have a ‘World Page’ for our travels here on VT – so consider this a tip on what I do and recommend. Please note: This can become very habit forming. I only needed 4-5 to cover the damage!!
update: Since I first wrote this tip 2 years ago the number of magnets has doubled. They go almost all the way round and down the side. Please note the close-up of my Ontario Canada magnet. Ontario is beautiful and I have been there twice visiting Fort Amherstburg and Niagra Falls.
Come all the way to England and not leave London? You will miss all the good stuff! Come for a drink (or three) in Wakefield with me. Always guaranteed to be a good evening out – or your money back.
Make sure you print up the drink voucher and bring it with you (last photo)!
All across Wakefield are signs that follow what is called the City Trail. They tell you the history of Wakefield, describes architecture, relates historical events and helps you understand what you are looking at! Unfortunately many of the sites are in disrepair. Each site tells you where to go next. I will try and get the local Council (Government) to repair these little gems.
Sandal Castle is an attractive place to visit at any time of the year. The first castle was built in the 12th Century and was rebuilt in stone in the 13th Century. From 1361 it was in the hands of royal owners, and Richard III planned to make a permanent home here before his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. During the Wars of the Roses in 1460, Richard, Duke of York was killed at the Battle of Wakefield, which was fought on Wakefield Green, below the castle. The castle then fell into decay and was unoccupied until the Civil War. In 1646 the castle was stripped of its defences on the orders of Parliament. Excavation work in 1964-1973 uncovered the overgrown stonework, and Sandal is now the finest exacavated motte and bailey castle in northern Europe.
Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was built in 1894 and has an imposing appearance on Westgate, one of the main roads through the city. It presents excellent live entertainment throughout the year which includes plays, musicals, comedy and concerts.
In the heart of Wakefield, opposite the Ridings shopping centre, stands the imposing building of Wakefield Cathedral. The present building is mainly 15th century perpendicular but with 19th century restorations. It is said to be the tallest spire in Yorkshire, at 247 feet. On busy shopping days its steps and outside are fullof young people, and on the second Saturday of each month the Farmers' market can be seen near the main entrance, in the Cathedral Precinct.
A memorial to Richard Plantagenet was erected at Manygates in 1897. The stone memorial is said to be where he fell in the battle of Wakefield (A battle in the War of the Roses) on 30th December 1460.
Monday to Friday* 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm
*Wednesday, early closing at 3.45pm
Closed Sunday and Bank Holidays (Monday)