Here are my tips for five places to visit in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Wakefield Council Chamber
As I walking from Wakefield Museum to the Cathedral, the beautiful County Hall caught my eye. I decided to go in to ask if I could look around. I was in luck, as there were no meetings that day, I was able to get into the Council Chamber.
The ante-room of the Council Chamber was adorned with friezes depicting historic scenes.
There was a colourful talian marble pietro dure (inlay) table.
The Council Chamber was impressive.
I assume that chair with the intricate carvings is where the leader of the council sits.
I loved the chandeliers.
It’s believed that there has been a church on this site since the 11th century. The spire is the highest in Yorkshire.
Inside, there are splendid stained glass windows.
Wakefield Cathedral was undergoing renovation during my visit, so part of the nave was closed off.
Chantry Chapel, was originally constructed in the 14th century, when the wood bridge was rebuilt with stone, is now looked after by Wakefield Cathedral.
Wakefield Museum is next to the Library.
For me, the most interesting exhibit was Edmund Waterton’s ring collection amassed during the 19th century. Edmund was the son of Victorian explorer, conservationist and naturalist James Waterton.
There’s a recreation of a Victorian kitchen
I thought that the lace sleeves of the 1932 satin wedding dress were pretty.
The dress pictured below was worn at a Victory Ball in 1919, at the end of the First World War.
The Art House
The Art House, which lets out studios to artists, has exhibitions and Open Days, but you should check for the dates on their website.
Visiting the Hepworth Gallery was the main reason for my trip to Wakefield.
I learned a lot about how Barbara Hepworth created her large sculptures.
There was a wonderful diversity of exhibits including a Snoppy Canvas, photos of the local Rhubarb Triangle and the metal on wood ‘Maquette, Theme and Variations’ sculpture by Barbar Hepworth (pictured below).
All in all, I had a great day out in Wakefield.