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SANDAL MAGNA: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1834.

"SANDAL MAGNA, or Great Sandal, is a village, in the parish of its name, two miles s. by e. from Wakefield. A castle was built here about 1320, by John Plantagenet, the last Earl of Warren ; during the civil war it was garrisoned for Charles I, and so completely was it demolished in 1646 by the order of parliament, that but few inconsiderable remains of the building are now to be seen. The parish church is dedicated to St. Helen : the living is a discharged vicarage, in the gift of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Westmorland. Here are alms houses, and an endowed school, the latter founded by Charles Zouch, in 1747. The parish contained, at the last census, 2,878 inhabitants, and the township 1,075 of that number. (for the 1834 directory for this parish please see under Wakefield parish)."


"BRETTON, is a chapelry, in the parishes of Silkstone and Sandal Magna, about 6 miles s.w. from Wakefield ; containing in 1831, 588 inhabitants.
Please see Kirkburton Parish for the 1834 trades directory for this chapelry.(under Kirkburton)"


"NEW MILLER DAM, is a hamlet, in the parish of Sandal Magna, three miles from Wakefield ; chiefly to be noticed for the fine sheet of water near to the village, extending over a space of about three miles, and for the scenery in this neighbourhood, which is exceedingly pleasing -- the country being well wooded, the soil productive, and in a high state of cultivation. Stone, in abundance, and of excellent quality, well adapted for building purposes, is obtained from the quarries in this vicinity. Population returned with the parish. (for the 1834 directory for this hamlet, please see under Wakefield parish)."

[Transcribed by Steve Garton ©2000 from
Pigot's directory (Yorkshire section) 1834]