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Kirkgate Calling

Kirkgate Calling is an exciting heritage based project fully funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

The activities developed as part of this project complement the multi-million pound refurbishment of Kirkgate Railway Station and the wider Kirkgate area.  

We are delivering a programme of exciting heritage based activities and work with young people and interested residents to train them to become Kirkgate Ambassadors. They have become involved in researching the Kirkgate area over the decades and developing interviewing skills and techniques to support the collection of stories of people who have used the station as a place for work, lived nearby or passed through it on journeys.

The original Kirkgate railway station was opened by the Manchester and Leeds Railway in 1840 and was the only station in Wakefield until Westgate was opened 27 years later. The station building, an important local landmark, dates from 1854 and is grade II listed.  Playing a pivotal role in the development of industrial Wakefield, the railway station was built to connect to the expanding manufacturing towns around it.

Over the course of the project Groundwork Wakefield are working with individuals and groups on a wide range of projects, aiming to provide a lasting legacy. We are currently working on a heritage trail, an educational pack as well as a wide array of researching findings. 

If you are interested in sharing your story, a family story, memorabilia or images you can contact the Kirkgate Calling Project on

Kirkgate Calling currently have ten passionate volunteers who have been researching different topics about Kirkgate Station and the wider area. Topics include, Trip trains, accidents, St Marys Church of England Primary School, Kirkgate in the War and more. More information can be found in the special edition research newsletter below. We will also be running a Kirkgate Calling road when our finding have been finalised.
Kirkgate Calling Newsletters