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Wakefield, Its History and People, J.W. Walker. This castle was built by John earl of Warren in the reign of K. Edward the second. Near which a remarkable battle was fought between the families of York and Lancaster on Wakefield Green, December the 31*, 1460 in the reign of K. Henry the sixth, where Richard duke of York, then owner of the castle, and his second son, Edmund earl of Rutland, with many other eminent persons, were slain by the Lancastrians. In memory whereof, King Edward the fourth, built a very beautiful chapel; which is yet standing upon Wakefield bridge, but much defaced. The castle likewise remained until the year 1648. But this print was engrav'd from a drawing taken in the reign of Q. Elizabeth# and the still preserv'd in the Dutchy office of Lancaster, with several other draughts of ancient castles, 6 of which have been already published by the Society in the 1st volume of their VETUSTA MONUMENTA. (Original text that accompanied the drawing published 17th October 1753).
Source, see note 1. (* The battle was fought on the 30th. # Queen Elizabeth I reigned 7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603).

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The Battle of Wakefield took place on 30th December 1460 in this area towards Wakefield. Now houses occupy much of the area between the castle and Wakefield Bridge. This picture shows the view of the battlefield from the ruins of the main entrance to the castle. There are a few traces of snow lingering on the ruins.
[2010]

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Sandal Castle - the outer dry ditch in water following the heavy snow, rain and generally unpleasant weather in January 2010.

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View of the motte with the ruins of the staircase leading from the drum towers. Photographed from one of the remants of a building in the bailey.
[2009]

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Remains of the barbican, inner moat and buildings in the bailey.
[2000]

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The visible ruins are at the present level of the bailey, more are underground.
[2009]

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The Batlle of Wakefield as depicted on one of the information boards at the castle. The castle itself played no real part in this bloody affair. To find out more, visit the official website of the City of Wakefield (search for 'sandal').

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Remains of the gatehouse and entrance to the castle's curtain wall over the outer ditch or moat.
[2009]

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An artist's impression of Sandal Castle in 1269. An engraving by J. Jackson. Published in Old England, a Pictorial Museum of Regal, Ecclesiastical, Baronial, Municipal and Popular Antiquities, published by Charles Knight & Co., London, 1845.

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Sandal Castle, Yorkshire (in the olden time). An artist's interpretion of earlier drawings of the castle. From a postcard posted in Normanton in 1908.

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The castle viewed from Calder Island. The island would not have existed in the castle's heyday; it was created when the Thornes Navigation Cut was made to bypass a loop in the River Calder. There are a traces of snow on the ruins.
[2010]

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Plan of Sandal Castle, excavated 1893. (2)

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The Dreaming Spires.
The skyline of Wakey viewed from the castle. The cathedral, Town and County Halls are joined by 20th century buildings.
[March 2010]

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Haymaking - view from the motte across farmland towards Pugneys Country Park.
[2001]

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An artist's impression of the castle circa 1300. To find out more, visit the official website of the City of Wakefield (try searching for 'sandal').

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Portobello and Thornes from the castle, photographed in August 2001.

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Remains of the constable's lodging in the bailey.
[2001]

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A drawing of the castle made in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Sources include City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Education, Libraries and Museums Department.

Notes
1. Wakefield, Its History and People, J.W. Walker, Wakefield, The West Yorkshire Printing Co. Ltd., 1934.

2. Excursion to Wakefield and Sandal Magna, Friday September 22nd, 1905. Programme and Arrangements, The Yorkshire Archæological Society.


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