Wakefield is a large city, and the centre of the Wakefield borough, in the district of West Yorkshire. The town is based on the River Calder and is primarily an urban environment, home to retail developments and warehouses. With a population of seventy six thousand, the town has been growing in popularity since the early 18th century.
During the Civil war, the town became the centre for a major battle for the War of the Roses. The battle was against Henry III of England and Richard Duke of York. It was a rival for the throne that was determined by the outcome of the battle. The Duke of York was killed and his army was slaughtered as a result. After this, Wakefield grew to be a vital market town, using the River Calder as a port for trade connections.