A social history walk to discover the Trades and Professions of Pontefract in 1822.

200 years ago, Pontefract was a true market town and many of the yards were filled with small manufacturing businesses. Amongst other trades and professions, the town had 5 liquorice boilers/dealers, 11 maltsters, 4 tallow chandlers, 3 banks and a plethora of pubs. Join us, using your imagination, to discover what town centre life was like two centuries ago, starting and finishing at either the Old Grocers (14 September) or Cartners No. 5 (18 September), each building having its own unique history.

Meet 5 minutes before the start time, or enjoy a drink first ahead of the walk.

This is part of Pontefract Civic Society’s 50-strong programme of in person and online events which has been created with the support of partners, host venues, guides and speakers. This is the biggest Heritage Open Days programme that Pontefract has ever seen, and a booklet can also be collected from a number of locations in the town centre.

If you need further help, contact Pontefract Civic Society on www.pontefractcivicsociety.org.uk and on social media @pontefractcivic.

Max 12 people per tour/session. Approx 1 hour, plus discussion in the building afterward. 'Walk ups' may be accepted on the day. Contact for the day: Paul Cartwright.

Venue opening hours

Monday : Closed

Tuesday : Closed

Wednesday : 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday : 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday : 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Saturday : 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sunday : 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue Details

Find us at

25 Beastfair , Pontefract, WF8 1AL


01977 798350