16 things you would only know if you have grown up in Wakefield through the years

Whether you like it or not – if you’re from Wakefield you are part of a community who share similar memories, accent and anecdotes.

Monday, 8th February 2021, 1:53 pm
16 things you would only know if you have grown up in Wakefield through the years

From memorable folk in the city centre to buildings, pubs and clubs (from the good old days) that are no longer there, everyone who has grown up in Wakefield holds some special memories. Here are just a few shared by you!

Many memories were shared of "the good old market" both inside and out.
The Pie Shop is a favourite with Wakefield folk. Everyone knows the Pie Shop - and it even visited by comedian Tom Allen when he visited the city as part of his show, Tom Allen Goes to Town.

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Wakefield Cathedral has the tallest spire in Yorkshire.
Memories were shared of a Saturday night in the Wakefield Arms...with the Salvation Army lady popping in and the man selling cockles and mussels.
The 19th century mulberry bush at HMP Wakefield is thought to have inspired the nursery rhyme 'Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush'. Women prisoners used to dance around the tree with their children, and invented the rhyme to keep the children amused.
Shapers gym above Unity Hall, described as the 'best gym ever' was remembered by many of you.
The place to meet someone? Under the bus station clock of course!
The Redoubt on Horbury Road was famous for being the starting point for the Westgate Run.
Rooftop Gardens and Casanovas, twinned night clubs in the city centre, were the places to be seen in Wakefield in the 1980s.
From WMCs to Westgate Common - the Cockle Man was always out and about..sometimes followed by the Salvation Army lady and her collection tin.
Wakefield's chestnut seller Allan Jones was mentioned by many of you...
The Battle of Wakefield is one of the bloodiest chapters in the city's history, and the scene of an estimated 3,000 deaths - but is perhaps best remembered as the inspiration for a popular children's nursery rhyme. Richard, Duke of York, the disputed King of England, had assembled an army of 5,000 men at Sandal Castle, ready to fight for his claim to the throne.
The Wakefield Cattle Market was opened in 1765 and was at one time, the largest in the north of England. The Royal Mail depot now stands in its place. (Wakefield Cultural Services at www.twixtaireandcalder.org.uk)
Queen Victoria's statue, which was erected in 1904, said to 'reflect civic pride.
Who remembers the fair at Heath Common?
Heppy's music club. You went into the club through a chip shop. How about chicken & chips in a basket?