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Wakefield,

city and metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 74,764), N central England, on the Calder River. Wakefield has been a center of the cloth industry from the 14th cent. Other manufactures include wools and synthetics, chemicals, machine tools, mining machinery, engineering, soft drinks, and beer. The city is also a railroad junction and farm center, with an important cattle market.

The site was occupied by the Danes and Saxons; Richard, duke of York, was defeated and slain in the battle of Wakefield in 1460. The Towneley Plays (see miracle playmiracle play
or mystery play,
form of medieval drama that came from dramatization of the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It developed from the 10th to the 16th cent., reaching its height in the 15th cent.
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) originated there. Notable buildings are All Saints' Church (mainly 15th cent.), the chantry chapel on the bridge over the Calder (c.1350; restored 1847), and the grammar school (1591). A technical college is also in Wakefield.


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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Wakefield,

family estate of George Washington, on the Potomac River, E Va.; part of the George Washington Birthplace National Monument (see National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
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, table). John Washington, the great-grandfather of George, settled there in 1664. The house in which George was born was built by his father, Augustine Washington. It was destroyed by fire in 1779, but on its original foundations a new house, similar to the original, was completed in 1931.

Wakefield,

town (1990 pop. 24,825), Middlesex co., NE Mass., a suburb N of Boston; settled 1639, inc. 1812. Chiefly residential, the town has some light industry, such as the production of plastics and telecommunications equipment.
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Wakefield

 

a city in Great Britain, in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire; situated on the Calder River. Population, 305,300 (1974). Wakefield has enterprises of the textile (mainly wool), chemical, and engineering industries. Coal is mined on the eastern slopes of the Pennines. Wakefield is noted for its theater, where a cycle of medieval plays is presented.

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Wakefield

1. a city in N England, in Wakefield unitary authority, West Yorkshire: important since medieval times as an agricultural and textile centre. Pop.: 76 886 (2001)
2. a unitary authority in N England, in West Yorkshire. Pop.: 318 300 (2003 est.). Area: 333 sq. km (129 sq. miles)
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