Join the Pontefract Civic Society to consider the past, to view Newgate, walk along The Mount and into St Joseph’s Church.
The Jollage Map of 1742 shows Newgate as the eastern boundary of the town with development on both sides of the street, and historic photographs suggest the existence of timber framed buildings here up until the construction of Jubilee Way. The Mount itself was developed during the second half of the nineteenth century in an area of open ground called Copler’s Hill. By 1852 there were a number of square enclosures fronting Newgate, and by 1893 “Mount Street”’ was divided into 20 building plots. By this date 10 plots had been developed together with the houses on Newgate, of which 8 were single, detached villas. By 1891 St Joseph’s Roman Catholic School was also present. By 1906, more terraced and semi-detached properties were present on the street. By 1930 the street was fully developed and since that date modern, infill development has occurred.
The history of the area is long and rich from Romans to medieval times, and the St Joseph’s RC Church has its own notable past.
Meet on Liquorice Way opposite Pomfret Gallery, 5 minutes before the start time from where we will walk over the footbridge to Newgate, to commence our route.
Organised by Pontefract Civic Society.
Venue opening hours
Monday : Closed
Tuesday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday : Closed