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Descriptions of Wakefield, Yorkshire

The topographical surveys included in trade directories provide a fascinating insight into the history of communities. These examples, from the 18th and 19th centuries, show Wakefield at two points in time. Compare and contrast the life of an important Yorkshire town in the space of almost 100 years.
The similarities are striking, yet the differences are astounding...

 

Wakefield in 1793 (from the Universal British Directory)

Wakefield in 1888 (from Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire) 

 

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