History of Chequer Fields

An author has penned his second book about the history of Pontefract.

Thursday, 11th May 2017, 4:44 pm
Updated Friday, 12th May 2017, 1:04 pm
Roger Ellis from Pontefract. Written a book about Victorian Pontefract, which includes using dozens of victorian photographs to help with the illustration. p308a341

Roger Ellis researched the origins of the Chequerfield area for his latest work, Pontefract’s Chequered History. He said: “The once Chequer Fields have a long history stretching back to the pre-Roman era when tracks and highways, that still exist, were built for soldiers marching to York.

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“In 1645 a fierce battle was fought on the fields to relieve Pontefract Castle, then under siege.”

The book is on sale at Pontefract Library and from the town’s Civic Society, which published the book. Mr Ellis’s last book was The Robson’s - Maltsters of Pontefract.