COFFEE BREAK in Wakefield; I sit at Café Olivia in the market hall and sketch Wakefield’s
original Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. For over 400 years this building overlooked
the market place; now the area is being redeveloped that the new market hall has
been relocated behind the school.
The grammar school boys moved in Victorian times to larger premises on Northgate
and the old building became the Cathedral School.
Talbot & Falcon
Barbara’s dad, Bill, who lived in Talbot and Falcon Yard, approximately where I’m
drawing this from, as a boy, attended and sang in the Cathedral choir.
According the Wakefield Court Rolls, Robert Hode, thought to be the original Robin
Hood, lived here before he was outlawed following the Battle of Boroughbridge in
March 1322. In the medieval period this area north of the town was known as Bitch
Hill because dogs were bred here.
It’s a month or so since we visited the market and we’re sorry to discover that the
new food hall has closed due to unforeseen drainage problems so today we missed out
on the Asian greengrocers, Polish Deli, the little tapas booth and the Yorkshire