The Rural Village Of Ackworth, West Yorkshire

Ackworth millstoneCited in the Domesday Book as ‘Acreuurde,’ Ackworth is a large, picturesque village protected by a conservation order in the heart of West Yorkshire, three miles south of Pontefract.  The name Ackworth is derived from two old Anglo-Saxon words: ‘Ake’ meaning Oak and ‘Uurt’ which means worth – a village or hamlet.

In 1302 the village became part of the Honor of Pontefract and it was, until Stuart times, part of the possession of the Kings of England.

Today the village is filled with historical and architectural treasures including one of seven Quaker Schools to be found in the British Isles and a magnificent Anglo-Saxon church dating from the 1330s.




The Meeting House, Ackworth School

Meeting HouseFounded in 1779 as a Quaker school for boys and girls and set in acres of stunning Yorkshire countryside, Ackworth School has a rich musical heritage.  The Meeting House where five of the concerts take place this season, is an historic Georgian place of worship and one of Ackworth’s architectural gems – a magnificent setting for concerts with excellent acoustics.  Further information at Ackworth School.

Next Event

8th Dec 2018, 19:30Venue: The Meeting House, Ackworth SchoolAckworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7LT
Programme: Christmas Concert

Choristers & Layclerks Of Wakefield Cathedral

Directed By: Thomas Moore

A selection of carols and festive music for Christmas

The Parish Church of All Saints became the Cathedral for the new Diocese of Wakefield in 1888, and is now one of three cathedrals forming the new Diocese of Leeds. Wakefield Cathedral has developed a splendid tradition of liturgy and music which attracts congregations from a wide area. Wakefield has long had a traditional choir of men and boys.

Today the Cathedral Choir consists of boys, girls and lay clerks. Most of the boys are educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and receive choral scholarships. They are aged from 8 to 13. Girl choristers were introduced in 1992, shortly after their introduction at Salisbury Cathedral. Aged from 8 to 18 they are recruited from various schools. The lay clerks in some cases travel vast distances in their devotion to the musical worship and liturgy for which the Cathedral is famed.

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