West Yorkshire Archive to get new home in Wakefield city centre

Registry of Deeds
Registry of Deeds

Crucial documents showing the county’s history will be stored in a new ‘landmark’ building in the city centre.

Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee approved plans for the West Yorkshire Archive Service at a meeting yesterday.

The plans – described by planning officers at the meeting as a scheme that provides “a building of landmark quality” – will see the three-storey building built on the site of the former Crown House, on Kirkgate.

Coun Ron Halliday told the meeting: “If these plans go ahead then I don’t want to put people into pockets but we will have the same sort of people visiting the archives building and The Hepworth.

“It will be absolutely fantastic for Wakefield.”

Documents which will be stored at the new site include archives of the Wakefield district, county records of the West Riding and West Yorkshire and the archives of the Wakefield Church of England Diocese.

Wakefield Council has been looking for a new home for the service following an inspection of its Newstead Road site by the National Archives in 2011 which said the building was “not fit for purpose.” It also said the cost of repairs would be £11m.