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Situated on the eastern side of the Pennines, Wakefield is a northern English city and, despite being the site of a battle during the Wars of the Roses, it strived to proceed with its development. It became a key market town and capitalised on its location on the River Calder to grow as an inland port, and, owing much to its trade in mining, textiles and coal, Wakefield continued to evolve as a city.
Although the 19th century was considered a time of development for the city, in terms of growth, neighbouring cities of Leeds and Bradford very much trumped Wakefield. The introduction of an electric tram system in 1904 helped routes into the city, and the centre has since undergone two periods of reconstruction, in the 1950ss and 1980s. The collapse of the mining industry was a hindrance for prolonged periods but finally Wakefield is now a city in ascendancy.