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It became the county town of the West Riding of Yorkshire and was the seat of the West Riding County Council from 1889 until 1974, when the county and council were abolished, and of the West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council from 1974 until its dissolution in 1986.The name "Wakefield" may derive from "Waca's field" – the open land belonging to someone named "Waca" or could have evolved from the Old English word wacu, meaning "a watch or wake", and feld, an open field in which a wake or festival was held.Men from Kirkgate, Westgate, Northgate and Sandal were amongst them and all returned by August.At the time of the Civil War, Wakefield was a Royalist stronghold.
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and in 1538 John Leland described it as, "a very quick market town and meately large; well served of fish and flesh both from sea and by rivers ... In the 18th century, Wakefield traded in corn, coal mining and textiles and in 1888 its parish church acquired cathedral status.
Wakefield became an important market town and centre for wool, exploiting its position on the navigable River Calder to become an inland port.
The Aire and Calder and Calder and Hebble Navigations and the Barnsley Canal were instrumental in the development of Wakefield as an important market for grain and more was sold here than at any other market in the north.
Large warehouses were built on the river banks to store grain from Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire to supply the fast-growing population in the West Riding of Yorkshire.