Sandal Magna  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Sandal Magna like this:

SANDALL-MAGNA, a village, a township, and a parish, in Wakefield district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands near the river Calder, the Barnsley canal, and the North Midland railway, 2 miles S by E of Wakefield; contains many neat residences; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Wakefield. ...

The township contains also five hamlets and a part, and comprises 1, 529 acres. Real property, £7, 830; of which £800 are in the canal. Pop., 1, 590. Houses, 337. The manor belongs to Sir L. M. S. Pilkington, Bart. S. Hall, S. House, S. Grange, Portobello, Castle-Grove, Brooke House, Woodlands, Manygates, Woolgreaves, and Pledwick House are chief residences. S. Castle was built in 1320, by the last Earl of Warren; went, at hisdeath, to the Crown; was, for some time, the residence of John Baliol as vassal of Edward III.; passed to Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, who, in 1460, fell in thebattle of Wakefield; became the residence of his son, the Duke of Gloucester, afterwards Richard III.; was dismantled, in 1646, by order of the parliament; and is now represented chiefly by some small fragments of grout-work, and some mounds of rubbish. Coal is workedat Standbridge. The parish contains also the townships of Crigglestone, Walton, and part of West Bretton. Acres, 7, 273. Pop. in 1851, 4,036; in 1861, 4, 214. Houses, 904. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £157.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is cruciform, and has a tower. The p. curacy of Chapelthorpe is a separate benefice. There are a New Connexion Methodist chapel, an endowed school with £250 a year, alms-houses with £18, and other charities £280. The Wakefield cemetery also is here.

Sandal Magna through time

Sandal Magna is now part of Wakefield district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wakefield has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Sandal Magna itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Sandal Magna, in Wakefield and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd May 2024

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