Publications

Westgate Wakefield

In our latest book, published in March 2022, our President, Kevin Trickett MBE, tells the story of Westgate, one of Wakefield’s most important and ancient streets, and its buildings.

The book includes a walking tour looking at each of the buildings that line Westgate in the Upper Westgate Conservation Area, now designated a Historic High Street Heritage Action Zone as part of a regeneration and renewal project co-funded by Wakefield Council and Historic England.

There will be a number of walks and talks based on the book throughout 2022 – book a place on one of those, and you’ll receive a free copy of the book for taking part. If you can’t wait until then, you can purchase a copy from the Society. Keep an eye on our Eventbrite page here for details of what’s coming up.

The book costs just £3.50 and is available to purchase from our on-line shop for £5 (including £1.50 towards the cost of postage/delivery to UK addresses). Buy it here.

Wakefield: City of Sculpture and Public Art

Published in June 2019 to coincide with the launch of Yorkshire Sculpture International, our new guide to Wakefield, written by our President, Kevin Trickett MBE, sets out a walking tour of the city centre looking at commissioned sculpture, statues, monuments and decorative architectural embellishments that can be seen from the street.

This new book replaces an earlier publication that we produced in 2011 and contains additional entries, expanded text and new photos, all presented in a larger format book.

It costs just £3.50 and is available to purchase from our on-line shop for £5 (including £1.50 towards the cost of postage/delivery to UK addresses). Buy it here.

Wood Street: The Heart of Wakefield

The Society formed a partnership with Wakefield Council, Wakefield Historical Society and Leeds Beckett University to undertake research into the history of the Wood Street area as part of the Heart of Wakefield Project. Wakefield Civic Society has now published a book – Wood Street: The Heart of Wakefield which tells the history of the street and its buildings.

Written by Wakefield Civic Society president Kevin Trickett MBE, the book costs just £3.50 and is available to purchase from our on-line shop for £5 (including £1.50 towards the cost of postage/delivery to UK addresses). Buy it here.

Wakefield Civic Society Blue Plaque Trail & Wakefield: City of Spires, Towers and Turrets

In addition, we have produced two other booklets which are still available: Wakefield: a City of Spires, Towers and Turrets and our Blue Plaque Trail Guide (which lists the first 32 of our blue plaques).

These booklets are set out as guides to the city centre and each includes a map to help you find the key items of interest. Each book costs just £1 and can be purchased from the Society’s on-line shop for £1.50 each to cover the cost of postage/delivery to a UK address. Buy them here.

Discover Wakefield Leaflets

For Heritage Open Days 2021, we created four leaflets, each exploring a different aspect of Wakefield’s architectural or cultural history. The set of four leaflets can be purchased for just £1 plus 50p towards p&p from our on-line shop here.

Find out more about the leaflets on our Discover Wakefield page here – you can even download copies free of charge!

Save money with our Publications Pack!

Buy one copy of all the publications featured here for just £17 including p&p/delivery to a UK address, a saving of £4 when buying the books separately from our shop.

Have a look at our on-line shop here.

Free books?!

If you join the Society, you will receive a selection of the Society’s publications (chosen by us) in your membership pack. You can now join the Society via our on-line shop here.

Find out more about the benefits of membership here.