Grand Opening of Lock Eleven, New Inn Walton

It just so happened that my most recent meal at the New Inn fell on the night of the grand opening of the new restaurant – Lock Eleven. The New Inn is my local pub and I have been there many times for both food and drink. It has a good range of beers, the…

Skulduggery In Sandal: The Arrest of John Nevison at the Three Houses

I’ve spent quite a few hours in the Three Houses, having meals, attending wedding receptions and having a drink or two on a Saturday nights. It is located in the next village to mine – Sandal which goes back to William the Conqueror’s Domesday book that mentions the local Church dedicated to St Helen, the…

Emigrants from Wakefield

Letters from America: The following are letters sent to my ancestor from her aunt who migrated from Wakefield in England to St Louis in America. There is also a letter and some postcards from her American cousin. In the section below showing the postcards I have tried to link to modern pictures of them to…

A Beautiful Tune In Wakefield

I was walking in Wakefield shopping precinct and hear a rather captivating tune so, since I had a camera with me, decided to capture it. What a talented musician and a hauntingly beautiful tune.

Imperial Storm troopers on Patrol in Wakefield

‘These are not the droids you are looking for’ – Imperial Stormtroopers spotted outside Debenhams. Of course the above line is from Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope when Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are talking their way past an imperial checkpoint at Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine. However, instead of that ‘wretched…

A Snowy Tour of South Wakefield

Last night we had the first snows of winter so I thought I would go on a photographic tour to capture the essence of this time of year.  I started at Sandal Castle, then moved to the area around Chantry Chapel, then went to Heath Common before finally finishing up at Crofton Church.  The following…

Walton’s Historic Fingerpost

In Walton at the intersection of Shay Lane and The Balk there is a small piece of our local historical heritage that often goes unnoticed – the black and white cast iron finger post.  Wikipedia describes these signs as follows: “The posts have traditionally been made from cast iron or wood, with poles painted in black, white…

Wakefield Vistas

Wakefield Vistas is a new blog to talk about the Yorkshire city of Wakefield capital of the former West Riding. It will discuss Wakefield life, culture and history.

Sandal Castle Moat Floods

Sandal Castle Moat 2016. I went across to Sandal Castle today to look at the moat which is, unusually, partially filled with water as a result of the rainy weather we have been having. I took photos of the moat but also of the castle in general and the views that it affords of the city…

Local Battle 555 Years Ago

555 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Wakefield Where Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. I visited the monument that is believed to mark the spot where Richard of York fell in the Battle of Wakefield on 30 December 1460. Somebody had left a white rose on the spot presumably to mark this anniversary. The…

Poppy Exhibition at Bretton Park

Went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, today to see the exhibition of some of the poppies that were previously on display at the Tower of London. The exhibit is called Wave, and to me takes the form of a water fall or a wave breaking on the shore. Projectile vomit would be another analogy…