Wakefield Cathedral – An Introduction

Wakefield Cathedral is one of three cathedrals located in the Diocese of Leeds. Based on archaeological excavations it’s believed a church has stood on the site as far back as 1000 years ago. The cathedral is first mentioned in written sources in the Domesday Book from 1086. This was a nationwide survey created by William the Conqueror.

The West Yorkshire Archive Service are proud to be the custodians of Wakefield Cathedral’s vast archival records (collection reference: WDP3). The earliest records are from the 17th century. The collection makes up 92 boxes worth of material, with the collection being continually added to over time.

The Wakefield Cathedral archive paints a vivid picture of the evolving role the cathedral has played in the local area. This online exhibition will showcase some of these fascinating records to help tell the story of Wakefield Cathedral.

You can view the full list of records on our online catalogue here.

If you want to access this collection please contact the Wakefield team at wakefield@wyjs.org.uk who will be happy to help.

With special thanks to Wakefield Cathedral for their permission to reproduce images from the collection.

To find out more about Wakefield Cathedral and plan your visit, please visit their website here.

Photograph of Wakefield Cathedral in 1894 (WDP3/26/3)

Wakefield Cathedral – The Parish Church

Wakefield Cathedral – A Community

Wakefield Cathedral – The Bishops of Wakefield

Wakefield Cathedral – The Fabric & Restoration

Wakefield Cathedral – The Chantry Chapel