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About Wakefield

The city of Wakefield is located in West Yorkshire and lies by the River Calder on the eastern edge of the Pennines. The city is roughly 9 miles to the south east of Leeds and 30 miles to the south west of York. The centre of the city is on a hill on the north bank of the River Calder close to where a 14th century stone bridge crosses the river. The city was called the "Merrie City" in the middle ages and during the 18th century it developed as a result in its trade in corn, coal mining and textiles.

Major landmarks in the city include its cathedral which is 75m tall and is the tallest spire in Yorkshire, the Grade II listed Neoclassical Crown Court constructed in 1810 and Wakefield Town Hall constructed in 1880. Another prominent structure is the 95-arch railway viaduct, constructed of 800,000,000 bricks in the 1860s on the Doncaster to Leeds railway line. At its northern end is a bridge with an 80-foot span over Westgate and at its southern end a 163-foot iron bridge crossing the River Calder. Also, the old Wakefield Bridge with its Chantry Chapel, Sandal Castle, and Lawe Hill in Clarence Park are ancient monuments.[

About Sheffield

The industrial northern city of Sheffield in located in South Yorkshire and lies on the River Sheaf. The city has many attractions including the Sheffield Walk of Fame in the city centre. This honours many famous residents of Sheffield past and present. Sheffield's two large theatres are the Lyceum Theatre and the Crucible Theatre. These two theatres along with the smaller Studio Theatre make up the largest theatre complex in the United Kingdom outside of London. The Crucible Theatre is perhaps best known for hosting the World Snooker Championships since 1977. The Lyceum Theatre hosts many touring West End productions and operas by Opera North along with shown put on by local companies.

The city also has a number of museums which include the Weston Park Museum, the Millennium Galleries, Graves Art Gallery, the Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet which is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the Shepherd Wheel which is a Grade II listed building and also a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Major railway routes through Sheffield railway station include the Midland Main Line, which links the city to London via the East Midlands, the Cross Country Route which links the East of Scotland and Northeast of England with the West Midlands and the Southwest, and the lines linking Liverpool and Manchester with Hull and East Anglia.