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Wakefield is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, south of Leeds, and by the River Calder. The town was a centre for cloth dealing and had its own Piece Hall. The cathedral was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Cheapside is the longest continuous street of woolstaplers' warehouses in England.

In 1460, during the Wars of the Roses, the Duke of York was defeated near this town in the Battle of Wakefield.

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