About the Warmfield-cum-Heath Parish
Handing over the lease of Heath Common to the Mayor of Wakefield MDC, Cr. Frank Ward, by the Estates solicitor David Wrightman.
(Veronica Smith, Estate Agent and Jon Carr, Trustee)
Heath Common provides a haven for walking the dog, some of Heath is meadow type land that attracts a multitude of wildlife.
The area shown was once a landfill site but is now restored to its former glory.
This area was recently cleared of bracken, and heather was replanted. See Heath Common, bracken clearing project for more information.
The stocks at Kirkthorpe are a reminder of what used to happen when people broke the law. The accused were locked into the stocks and passers by threw rotten fruit at them as punishment.
There used to be a bench opposite the stocks so people could sit and mock those that were shackled.
This is the well where people used to collect water, railings and the water pump have long gone, but the stonework remains intact and a sense of history exists, although it is doubtful many would want the procedure to return.
The Kings Arms Inn, is a welcome retreat when the weather is harsh. Once a family owned establishment the Inn is now owned by a local Brewery.
The series “Emmerdale” once filmed their fox-hunting scene here.
The Inn is one of very few gas lit establishments in the country and outside three gaslights identify the building whenever a blizzard is in full force.
On foggy nights some locals still claim they have heard the horses hooves and the carriage wheels that used to call at the Inn during the 18th century.
The Easter Fair at Heath Common, held on the site for over 200 years
(Picture taken from the Big Wheel)