Wakefield 1849

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Heritage Cartography - Victorian Town and Village Maps

ISBN 1-903004-52-7
Size 500mm x 550mm
Uncoloured size 600mm x 660mm

The map is a fascinating snapshot of the commercial, political and social development of the town at a most important time of the late industrial revolution as Wakefield was emerging into the modern world. Still clearly seen is the layout of the mediaeval market town formed originally at the All Saints Church crossroads which later developed three main streets, one leading from the river crossing. Characteristic are the long narrow back closes or burgage strips behind the roadside dwellings which provided near self-sufficiency to the inhabitants. The map reveals dramatically how important the recently constructed railway was to the town and its future commercial growth, with two main lines meeting at the main station and its large area of sidings. Prominent already are the substantial buildings and extensive grounds of the House of Correction and Pauper Lunatic Asylum, both of which illustrate Wakefield's increasing county function.

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