Watch this fantastic video showing Wakefield from 1925 to 1999

From the busy Wakefield city centre with trams and horses and carts in 1925 to an unnatural silent city on the day of Princess Diana's funeral, this video shows our city through the years.

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 3:45 pm
Watch this fantastic video showing Wakefield from 1925 to 1999
Watch this fantastic video showing Wakefield from 1925 to 1999

The video, Wakefield, UK, through the years 1925 to 1999, shared by Richard Slid, starts in 1925 with the narrator calling Wakefield 'a genuine city'.

It shows the city centre with cars and trams, men in suits and flat caps, chatting together while going about their daily business and women with prams walking past the Grand Clothing Hall near Wakefield Cathedral.

There's a view of Queen Victoria's statue, which was erected in 1904, said to 'reflect civic pride' and the annual carnival which took three hours to pass down Market Street, past the cattle market and onto the park.

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It then moves on 38 years to 1963, taking a look along Westgate to the Bullring. It shows modern shops, offices and flats, wider roads for the busy traffic and a bussling city centre full of shoppers and workers.

It shows the new Market Hall, which opened in 1964 and the open market, which was held on Fridays and Saturdays.

It tells how then, Wakefield's population was 60,000, the building of Queen Elizabeth House for the elderly and Carr House, which had 11 floors of flats with stunning views of the city.

There are clips of Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue and the team's welcome back to the city after winning the Challenge Cup final against Wigan, the city's first multi-storey carpark in 1969 and the opening of The Ridings Shopping Centre and C&A.

There's even footage of Princess Diana on her visit in 1993 and scenes of an almost silent city centre on the day of her funeral in 1997.

There's footage of the demolition of the power station and the 400th anniversary of The West Riding House or Correction, which later become HMP Wakefield.

The film finishes with clips of a busy city centre at Christmas 1999 - the last Christmas of the century...

Take a look - it's sure to bring back some memories of Wakefield's past.