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ℹ  Included on this page: Shay Lane (west), Woodfield Park, Priory Square, old Midland Railway Line.

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 •    1 Shay Lane central  •  2 Shay Lane west
 •    3 Walton Manor area, Old Police Yard & Old Post Office
 •    4 School Lane (Shay Lane end)
 •    5 War Memorial, Churches, Library & Pub
 •    6 The Balk and offshoots
Middle Walton.

Woodfield Park Estate, formerly the grounds of Walton Grange, is off Shay Lane near its western end, and is situated between the Lakeland Way area and the old Midland Railway line.
In its time, Walton Grange was home to several wealthy entrepreneurs commencing with Charles Clay. His mother was the daughter of John Coldwell, a successful farmer on the Waterton estate.

In the 1970s the gardens and estate became the housing estate Woodfield Park. More about Charles Clay in the next article below.

Read "Tycoons at home at the Grange" in Wakefield District Heritage Vol II, compiled by Kate Taylor.

Charles Clay advertisement.

Charles Clay was an agricultural implement manufacturer from 1858, he built a large works at Stennard Island, near Wakefield Bridge. He built and lived at Walton Grange. He was the promoter of the West Riding Steam Cultivating etc. Company, an inventor, agriculturalist, Tory and churchman and was much concerned in local affairs. (See Archive Material below.)

In Grace's Guide he is recorded as being a maker of cultivators at Oakenshaw Works, Wakefield, in 1861, and of Stennard Works, Wakefield in 1862.

In he 1860 exhibited a hop "Nidget", intended to be worked between the hop rows.

In 1861 he was at the Royal Agricultural Society of England meeting in Leeds, exhibiting a patented cultivator and eradicator, and other machines. See Grace's Guide.

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Archive Material (John Goodchild Collection)

A typescript account of Charles Clay has been written by John Goodchild and he has published an account of the Steam Cultivation etc. Company in the South Yorkshire Journal.

This collection contains documents relating to Charles Clay and Co 1858-1896; West Riding Steam Cultivating etc. Company 1862-1863; agricultural interests 1865-1890; Woolley Moor Farm 1853-1868; local affairs 1817-1890s including many papers relating to Walton School, Walton church and Sandal church; Walton and District Flower and Fruit Society 1884-1895; Crofton property 1698-1852; family and personal matters 1809-1974; miscellanea 1854-1896.

For more information about the John Goodchild Collection visit:
The National Archives, Charles Clay Manuscripts and West Yorkshire Joint Services, West Yorkshire Archive Service (John Goodchild Collection).



Priory Square, Walton, Wakefield.

Priory Square once housed the village's first butcher's shop, opened by Edwin Spurr in 1847.
On the right of the entrance, another building, now partially demolished, housed a grocer's shop.

The restoration of the square won a Wakefield Design Award in 1994.

Priory Square seems to have acquired its name from a priory located in the village in medieval times. A priory is a small monastery or nunnery that is governed by a prior or prioress.
In this case, it is thought that it was owned by the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Order of Saint John, Order of Hospitallers, Knights Hospitaller, and the Hospitallers.
It was one of the most prominent of the Roman Catholic military orders. Almost all of the Order's property in England was confiscated by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Read more about the history of Order of St. John. See also Knights Hospitaller on Wikipedia, both sites accessed 19 Jan 2021 .

The house at the north-west corner of the square is thought to be part of the original malt kiln belonging to the priory. In more recent times, the Priory Estate was owned by the Clay Family of Walton Grange, Edward Taylor and his widow Edna, and Charles Henry Simpson.
The cottages were mainly passed down from father to son; among the family names are: Denton, Blackmore, Simpson and Spurr.
↦ Sources: Peter Wright, A History of Walton, 1985, Chapter 4, The Historic Old Houses of the Village, p. 29.
Margaret Vernon, Walton Chronology, 1978. John Goodchild, the local historian and often the "source of the sources".

Some of the cottages are thought to be mid-18th century and the house earlier. The origins of the Square have been traced back to circa 1210.
Some of the buildings are Grade II listed.
Overview: COTTAGES ATTACHED TO NORTH OF NUMBER 192. Heritage Category: Listed Building. Grade: II. List Entry Number: 1135577. Date first listed: 27-Aug-1986. Statutory Address: COTTAGES ATTACHED TO NORTH OF NUMBER 192, SHAY LANE.
Source: Historic England, site accessed 19 Jan 2021.

Footpaths and Bridleways
For more information about
public rights of way
in the Wakefield district, visit the
official Wakefield website.
Click here for a map of Walton's Public
Rights of Way (unofficial).



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Gallery Pages
 •    1 Shay Lane central  •  2 Shay Lane west
 •    3 Walton Manor area, Old Police Yard & Old Post Office
 •    4 School Lane (Shay Lane end)
 •    5 War Memorial, Churches, Library & Pub
 •    6 The Balk and offshoots





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