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Castleford Bridge Castleford is a historic Roman settlement and is the largest of the Five Towns in the the City of Wakefield Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire. Historically part of the old West Riding of Yorkshire. The confluence of the Rivers Aire and Calder is just to the north of the town. These two rivers form part of the the Aire and Calder Navigation.

The town is home to Castleford Tigers Rugby League Football Club.

The town's origins are ancient. In the late 1st century and until 180 AD the Romans created an important settlement on the River Aire where Castleford stands today. This consisted of a civilian settlement around a military fort. It was known as Lagentium, or locally as Legioleum. Here travellers waited for the River Aire to become low enough to ford the river in order to cross it. This fort gave the town its name Castleford which comes from the Latin 'Castrum' meaning a camp or fort. One of the most notable Roman town centre sites is that of the Bath House on Aire Street. The settlement at Castleford continued after the Romans left until about 410 AD.

The Anglo-Saxons occupied the area and called it Casterford (ford by the fort).

The "Five Towns" are Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, Castleford and Knottingley. Sources: Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and Wikipedia.

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Castleford Bridge is a public road bridge over the River Calder. Dated on parapets, 1805, by Bernard Hartley, built 1808 by Jesse Hartley. Made of sandstone ashlar. Classical style. This is a Grade II listed buiding, see britishlistedbuildings.co.uk* for more information.
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Website accessed 27 Nov 2018.]



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River Calder and Castleford Bridge.

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Castleford Bridge. Part of the footbridge is just visible through the righthand arch.

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Across the river, All Saints' Church, Castleford.
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All Saints' Church, Church Street, Castleford.
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All Saints' Church, Castleford, click the image to see more of the church.
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The Riverside Trail. The Ford Square Sculpture by Harry Malkin.

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The Romans, a scene in Harry Malkin's sculpture.

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In this area, archeaological excavations in 1978 revealed the well preserved remains of the military bath-house of a Roman auxiliary fort.

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Close-up of the plaque presented by the Castleford and District Civic Trust.

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Castleford Stoneground Flour (Allison Mill)
Dr Thomas Allinson was born in the Hulme district of Manchester in 1858. He trained as a medical doctor in Edinburgh, graduating in 1879. He founded the first Allinson mill in 1892 in Bethnal Green as Dr Allinson's Natural Food Company. It was the first to produce wholemeal/wholegrain flour. Two more mills were bought in Castleford and Newport in Wales.

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Castleford Stoneground Flour, the footbridge and the weir.

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Castleford Footbridge (Millennium Bridge). The bridge is upstream from the Castleford Bridge.

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The 130 metre long 'S' shaped bridge sits on three V-shaped supports.

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The Castleford Footbridge was officially opened on the 4th of July 2008. The overall bridge project was funded by Wakefield Council, Yorkshire Forward and English Partnerships at a cost of £4.8 million. The bridge was designed by McDowell+Bendetti with Alan Baxter Associates and Arup and constructed by Costain.

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The footbridge links Aire Street and Mill Lane.

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The Aire & Calder Navigation

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The Aire and Calder Navigation, Peter L. Smith
The Aire and Calder Navigation.
Peter L. Smith, 1987.
Wakefield Historical Publications
ISBN 0-901869-27-9


The Canal & River Sections of the Aire and Calder Navigation, Mike Taylor
The Canal & River Sections of the Aire and Calder Navigation.
Mike Taylor, 2003.
Wharncliffe Books
ISBN 1-903425-37-9
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