Louisa Fennell - Art - Wakefield


The set of seventeen scenes of Wakefield consist of the following sixteen watercolour paintings and one black and white drawing:

  1. Northgate, Wakefield, 1898 — Looking up Northgate, the Cathedral can be seen in the background.
  2. Almshouse Lane, Wakefield, 1898 — Almshouse Lane shown with a gate, before it was paved. This area was later demolished and became the site of the Ridings Shopping Centre in 1983.
  3. Old houses on Westgate, Wakefield, 1899 — Three timber framed houses, possibly Medieval and long since demolished.
  4. Bread Street, Wakefield, 1900 — Bread Street looking towards the Cathedral.
  5. Marygate, Wakefield, 1900 — Marygate, at the junction of Wood Street and Westgate. This area has changed considerably.
  6. Wakefield Cathedral from the east, 1900 — The Cathedral (4) from the east. (Kirkgate to the left, and Teall Street to the right).
  7. The Six Chimneys, Wakefield, 1900 — This timber-framed building on Kirkgate, said to date back to the time of John of Gaunt, collapsed in 1941 due to careless structural alteration.
  8. Cross Square, Wakefield, 1900 — Cross Square in 1900. (Marygate is to the left and Silver Street to the right). The old house was demolished that year.
  9. Warrengate and the Springs, Wakefield, 1900 — Warrengate and the Springs looking up the hill towards the Cathedral, which can be seen in the distance. (Warrengate was once one of the entrances to parkland belonging to the Earls of Warren)
  10. The Market Cross, Wakefield, painted c. 1900 — The Market Cross in Cross Square with the Cathedral in the background. The cross built in 1707 by public subscription, was used for public meetings and for the sale of eggs, butter and poultry, and demolished, despite public protest, in 1866.
  11. The Shepherd's Rest, Wakefield, c. 1900 — This public house was off George Street, near what was once the Cattle Market. Now demolished, the old public house pictured here was still much the same up to the 1950s.
  12. The Old Bakehouse, Westgate, Wakefield, c. 1900 — A watercolour painting of the old bakehouse, showing the gable end of the building at the front of the picture, with two doors and four chimneys.
  13. The Old Bakehouse, Westgate, Wakefield, around 1900 — A black and white drawing very similar to the last painting.
  14. The Chantry Chapel on Wakefield Bridge, 1901 — The bridge Chapel (5) is one of only three surviving in the UK, and was built in 1357, a hundred years before the Battle of Wakefield. The bridge had been erected in 1342.
  15. The Shambles, Wakefield, 1902 — The Shambles from the Bull Ring. This was situated between Cross Square and the Bullring.
  16. Westgate Bridge, Wakefield, 1903 — Now part of Westgate End, Westgate Bridge was once a real bridge across Alverthorpe Beck and Balne Beck, which run under Westgate, before joining the River Calder at Thornes.
  17. The newspaper shop in Butcher Row, Wakefield, 1904 — Butcher Row, off Cross Square, Wakefield, since demolished. The painting shows a view looking up Butcher Row towards the corner of Westgate, Silver Street and Wood Street.

To view these paintings of old Wakefield visit 'Twix Aire and Calder (2)

Other paintings of Wakefield include:

  1. Man And Child On A Lane With A View Of Wakefield Beyond
  2. Distant View of Wakefield in Yorkshire

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