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A city of north-central England east-northeast of Manchester. In the Battle of Wakefield (1460) Richard Plantagenet, the third duke of York (1411-1460), was slain by Lancastrian forces in the Wars of the Roses.


1. (Placename) a city in N England, in Wakefield unitary authority, West Yorkshire: important since medieval times as an agricultural and textile centre. Pop: 76 886 (2001)
2. (Placename) a unitary authority in N England, in West Yorkshire. Pop: 318 300 (2003 est). Area: 333 sq km (129 sq miles)



a city in West Yorkshire, in N England. 317,300.
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Upon graduation from Silliman University, she went to the United States to earn graduate degrees in English literature and educational theater from New York University and Bretton College in Wakefield, England.
WAKEFIELD, ENGLAND -- The first major European exhibition of work by renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-88) opens in July at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).
Anglican Bishop Stephen Platten of Wakefield, England, who served as ecumenical aide to previous archbishops of Canterbury Robert Runcie and George Carey, said he has been "happily surprised" by the early ecumenical overtures of the new pope.