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Click to enlarge1. Wakefield Cathedral
The ancient Parish Church of All Saints, Wakefield became the Cathedral Church of All Saints in 1888, when the Diocese of Wakefield was created. Originally a 15th century church, it has an impressive spire which at 247 feet (75.3 m) is the tallest in Yorkshire and the fourth highest in England.

This picture was taken from the Kirkgate pedestrian precinct. There is, just visible, a Christmas market in front of the cathedral.
[Photographed December 2009]

For more information about Wakefield Cathedral try these links:

Wakefield Cathedral. Information about services, events, music at the cathedral, with a history. [Site accessed 4th September 2018]
■ Wakefield is now part of the Diocese of Leeds. [Site accessed 4th September 2018]
The Diocese of Wakefield was dissolved on 20th April 2014 by the creation of the new Diocese of Leeds.
The Diocese of Wakefield was created out of the Diocese of Ripon in 1888 in response to the rapid expansion in population in the area due to the Industrial Revolution. Immediately prior to its dissolution, it extended north to south from the suburbs of Leeds to Barnsley and east to west from Kellington to Todmorden.

The Cross of St. George.The building is listed and is included on Images of England. IoE Number: 444618
Date listed: 14 July 1953, Grade A.

 Noel Gay - a former chorister at the Cathedral.

2. Noel Gay, born Reginald Moxon Armitage (15 July 1898 - 4 March 1954) was one of the most successful British composers of popular music of the 1930s and 1940s.

He was born in Outwood, near Wakefield, and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS), the Royal College of Music, and Christ's College, Cambridge. He then became music director and organist at St. Anne's Church in Soho.

Run, Rabbit, Run! Noel Gay's music.
He wrote songs for revues by The Crazy Gang, and for star artists such as Gracie Fields, Flanagan and Allen and George Formby.
One such song was Run Rabbit Run (written by Noel Gay and Ralph Butler).

■ More about the music of Noel Gay.

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3. The Cathedral photographed from the junction of Westgate, Kirkgate and Teall Street.
[January 2010]
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4. The front of the cathedral viewed from Cross Square with a rather dismal box of a building (mid-20th Century by the look of it) partially obscuring the cathedral.

There is a Christmas Market in front of the cathedral.
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5. The Wakefield Cross. A replica of the remains of the cross is housed in the Cathedral. What was left of the original ancient cross was rescued by Edmund Waterton, son of Squire Charles Waterton; it is now in York.
[August 2003]

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6. The story of the cross. The original was destroyed by religious fundamentalists in the Reformation. In the wrong hands, religion can be used to fell purpose.

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7. This picture depicts a reconstruction of the cross. (On display in the cathedral).
[August 2003]
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8. The south porch of the cathedral, opening on to Westgate.
[August 2010]
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9. The sundial on the South Porch was added in 1635.
[August 2010]
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10. The cathedral from The Springs.
[February 2005]

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