About the project

At the centre of Wood Street are four iconic buildings which represent many of the public services which have been developed to serve the public of Wakefield:

  • Court House, 1810, designed for the magistrates by local architect Charles Watson
  • Music Saloon, 1821, also designed by Charles Watson for shareholders
  • Town Hall, 1880 by architect T E Collcutt for Wakefield Corporation
  • County Hall, 1898, designed by James Gibson and Samuel Russell for the West Riding County Council

Their architectural importance and their importance in the streetscape of Wakefield are reflected in their listed status. Wakefield Town Hall and County Hall are listed Grade 1, while the Courthouse and the former Music Saloon are listed Grade 2*.

However, even more important is the part these buildings have played in providing increasing public services in education, health, housing, law and order, roads, waste disposal and many other services.

For further information about the project and how to take part, you can contact the Project Team on 01924 305805 or email HLFHeartofWakefield@wakefield.gov.uk