Wakefield is a cathedral city in West Yorkshire, England located on the River Calder. The city had a population of 99,251 in the 2011 census.[1] The city is the administrative centre of the wider City of Wakefield metropolitan district, which had a mid-2019 est. population of 348,312, the 21st most populous district in England. It is part of the West Yorkshire Built-up Area and the Yorkshire and The Humber region.


Wakefield Cathedral, panorama of the City from Sandal Castle, County Hall, Trinity Walk, Upper Kirkgate
Location within West Yorkshire
Area11.3 sq mi (29 km2)
Population99,251 (2011)
 Density8,783/sq mi (3,391/km2)
OS grid referenceSE335205
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWF1-WF4
Dialling code01924
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53.68°N 1.49°W / 53.68; -1.49

In 1888, it was one of the last group of towns to gain city status due to having a cathedral. The city has a town hall and county hall, as the former administrative centre of the city's county borough and metropolitan borough as well as county town to both the West Riding of Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, respectively.

The Battle of Wakefield took place in the Wars of the Roses, and the city was a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War. Wakefield became an important market town and centre for wool, exploiting its position on the navigable River Calder to become an inland port. In the 18th century, Wakefield traded in corn, coal mining and textiles.

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