A History of Westgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

For our December4th meeting Phil Judkins will give a talk on 300years of the history of Westgate, a street with a thousand voices telling stories – from merchant princes and their grand houses covering the dark deeds; one of their gentlewomen a mill boss in her own right; Wakefield’s riots on election nights and Bonfire night; their blood sports; and the day a bear broke loose from from the zoo the society shoemaker and his young heiress; what’s behind the mysterious Green Door; the Scottish conman who who invented an entire country – and as it’s Christmas – a ghostly beast pursued by the hounds of hell. All these and many more will figure in Phil’s talk.