Gissing and Wakefield

Posted in Images on Wednesday 31st March 2004 at 12:00am

This page records my brief visit to Wakefield during March 2004. I am not, I'm afraid, a particularly proficient photographer. I was helpfully guided by the slightly older photographs and maps available here. I'd also like to make these images freely available for Gissing scholars and enthusiasts who may need an illustration of his birthplace.

Gissing's Wakefield

The tablet recording Gissing's birthplace, and giving details of the opening times for the Gissing Centre. Unfortunately, the centre was not open during my visit.

Gissing's Wakefield

Thompson's Yard, looking towards Westgate. Thompson's Yard is one of a series of similar narrow streets leading north from Westgate, primarily providing access to the rear of business premises.

Gissing's Wakefield

Looking into Thompson's Yard from Westgate. The Gissing Centre is visible in the centre of the picture.

Gissing's Wakefield

The entrance to Thompson's Yard from Westgate, with the rather more elaborate architecture of the HSBC bank just visible to the left.

Gissing's Wakefield

A view along Westgate, showing 60 Westgate (the glass fronted Cafe Bar), and the neighbouring NatWest Bank. Like many places in modern Wakefield, the visitor looking above the modern storefront will find many signs of the nineteenth century!

Gissing's Wakefield

Another view of 60 Westgate.

Gissing's Wakefield

Looking west, along Westgate towards the railway station. The signpost is one of the few references to Gissing in his former home town. The one small bookshop I found had no Gissing titles in stock.

Gissing's Wakefield

Looking north on Westgate. A view of No. 60 and its neighbouring properties, along with the entrance to Thompson's Yard.


I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.

I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.

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