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Thornes Park in Wakefield awarded listed status

Thornes Park, Wakefield
Image caption Thornes Park is one of two parks in the Wakefield district to be listed by English Heritage

A Wakefield park which includes remains of medieval earthworks has won national recognition.

Thornes Park has been awarded Grade II-listed status and will be included in English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Specific Interest.

English Heritage said Thornes Park was a good example of an urban park from the turn of the 19th Century.

The park was opened to the public in 1891 and English Heritage said its layout had remained "almost intact".

The 60 hectare (148.26 acre) park, which is owned by Wakefield Council, incorporates three parks: Clarence Park, Holmfield Park and Thornes Park, and is known locally as CHaT Parks.

It features a rare medieval motte and bailey castle earthwork.

Thornes Park is the second urban park in Wakefield to be listed, alongside Pontefract's Valley Gardens.

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