Welcome to Wakefield Historical Society

Wakefield Historical Society aims to promote knowledge of the past and preservation of local heritage in Wakefield and beyond.   

We do this through:

  • Organising a programme of winter lectures and summer excursions
  • Arranging talks and conferences with other organisations for wider audiences
  • Offering a free enquiry service to the public for questions relating to Wakefield’s history
  • Promoting our activities through the website, Facebook and Twitter
  • Circulating a monthly e-newsletter to keep members up to date with current events and trends
  • Providing support for members to carry out original research
  • Carrying out themed research projects from time to time
  • Printing a Society Journal from time to time containing original research by members
  • Running a publishing group to print works of original research on the history of Yorkshire

Our new website

This website, which was new in April 2020, incorporates the ‘Wakefield Waterfront’ website, and the ‘Road to Fotheringhay’ website.

You can follow our blog for the latest news and information.  If you have any queries, please contact us: info@wakefieldhistoricalsociety.org.uk

Our Next Event

21st January 2021

Wakefield Civic Society will be the hosts for our yearly joint meeting.’Tileyard North – the development of Rutland Mills’. Please see ‘Lecture Programme’ for more information.

New on the website:

Full report on the talk by Mark Carlyle on ‘The Flame Safety Lamp

Richard Duke of York Funeral - The road to Fotheringhay

Richard, Duke of York, was killed at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 but later exhumed by his son, Edward IV. The body was taken with great ceremony from Pontefract to Fotheringhay, resting each night at Doncaster, Blyth, Tuxford le Clay, Newark, Grantham, Stamford and finally being reburied at Fotheringhay. A huge funeral feast for 15,000 people followed.

The Wakefield Waterfront Project

Wakefield Waterfront has a long and fascinating history. The Aire and Calder Navigation, and the Calder and Hebble Navigation once provided a transport link that was vital to Wakefield’s prosperity. The Waterfront was a hub of industry, lined with mills and warehouses, maltings and other businesses. The aim of our project is to research this history with the help of the local community.

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Wakefield Council, with Wakefield Historical Society, Wakefield Civic Society and Leeds Beckett University as partners, this project will explore the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed over the years.

Wood Street – The Heart of Wakefield produced by One to One Development Trust and add a link to our website on our name https://onetoonedevelopment.org/

Latest news

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