DID YOU KNOW 2.


Bottomboat Methodist Church celebrated it’s 125th Anniversary in March 1999. The land on which it was built was purchased by 4 local men for £69.5s                                                                              
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The late John Longden from Wakefield emigrated to America and became one of America’s greatest jockeys riding a record 6,032 winners.                                                                              
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According to the summer 1932 timetable 16 passenger trains stopped at Stanley Station from Monday to Friday, with additional late trains to the East Coast on a Saturday.                                                                              
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Wood Street, Wakefield was named after the Rev William Wood who was vicar at St John’s Church from1805 to 1825.                                                                               
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How the Bull Ring got its name?. The Bull was tethered to a central stone, for a fee patrons were allowed to slip their dog(Bull Baiting) at the enraged animal.                                                                              
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The idea of a Memorial in Outwood  to the war dead was put forward in 1946 and came to fruition in 1952 when the present Memorial Hall was built.                                                                               
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In 1839 there was no Primative Methodist Church in Outwood, services were held at Crossland’s Farm Ouchthorpe Lane.
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During the 17th century Wrenthorpe was heavily industrialised with pottery Kiln's which gave the area it’s alternative name of Potovens.
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The Lake Lock Railway stretched from the border of East Ardsley to the Aire and Calder Navigation at Lake Lock a distance of about two and a half miles.
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Horse racing in Outwood was first recorded in 1678 and one meeting was attended by The Duke of Norfolk and The Duke of Perth.
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A fence was placed around The Great Outwood of Wakefield, to prevent Deer escaping and Cattle coming in. Several rough roads through the Outwood led to gates, Kirkham Gate, Stanley Gate, Lee Gate, Carr Gate, Lofthouse Gate and Lingwell Gate. The Outwood covered 2,300 acres.

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On Saturday 19th July 1919, a crowd of people paraded from Lofthouse Gate School, Canal Lane to Outwood Park.Where a short service was followed by tea, sports and Items by The Glee Society, The Harmonic Society and Carlton Brass Band.                                          

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Adolescence tended to be a taboo subject in the 1920s. In her teens Minnie Feather  came to realize that the black bag which  the district nurse carried to the home of an expectant mother, did not actually contain the baby.                                           

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