A historic town that is well known for its Cakes, Pontefract is located in Wakefield. This place also has a well known liquorice-sweet industry in addition to its ever popular horse racing course which is considered to be the longest one in the whole of Europe. Besides the race course, cricket, football and squash is also played in the area.
With several primary and secondary schools, the basic education of the residents is taken care of.
In matters of transportation as well the place is well connect by several railway stations besides proper highways that connect it to the rest of England.
Some of the famous people who belong to this area comprise of Richard de Pontefract, Dominican friar King Edward II, John Ramsden -High Sheriff of Yorkshire, MP for Pontefract in the Short Parliament, and Royalist soldier, John Jackson MP for Pontefract during the Happy Parliament, Francis Drake - antiquary and surgeon, Robert Monckton, MP for Pontefract and British army general, John Smyth -MP for Pontefract, Charles Coleman - English painter, Isaac Cole (1886-1940), rugby union and league player, Chris Silverwood - cricketer who represented Yorkshire and currently plays for Mashonaland Eagles in Zimbabwe, Paul Newlove - retired rugby league footballer who represented England and Great Britain.