The History of Castleford is rich and varied but many of those who live in, or visit, the town are unaware of its story.

The Castleford Heritage Trust Community History Pages (coming soon) aim to introduce key moments from the history of the town alongside signposting to more detailed community resources.

Whilst the new pages are being prepared – did you know?

  • Castleford was initially inhabited by Brigantes who used the land for farming.
  • The town of Castleford was once called Lagentium or Legiolium by the Romans, who built several large forts there around the year 74.
  • Following the departure of the Romans in 180, the Brigantes allowed the fort to grow over, and they continued with the farming way of life that they had had for centuries.
  • The location of Castleford, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Aire and Calder, has had a huge impact upon the area. The land was historically valued for its rich transportation links. This also made the town a prime location for setting up industries.
  • Castleford is famous for its historic and modern industries and the production of quality glass, malt, confectionery, chemicals and pottery products.
  • Castleford is home to the world’s largest stone grinding flourmill – Queen’s Mill.
  • Castleford was incorporated in to the Wakefield Metropolitan District in 1974

Castleford Heritage Trust welcomes community involvement in telling the story of Castleford. We know there is value in learning about life in the town from different perspectives. Whether your interest in this topic is formal or informal, historic or more recent, we want to hear from you. Contact Us for more information about how you can get involved

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