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Castleford is the largest of the "five towns" district in the metropolitan borough of the City of Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, England. It is near Pontefract, and has a population of 37,525 according to the 2001 Census, but has seen a rise in recent years and is now around 45,000-50,000. To the north the River Calder joins the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation canal. To the west and south is the M62 motorway. The town is home to the rugby league Super League team Castleford Tigers.
Castleford is built on the site of a Roman army settlement that was named Lagentium or Legioleum. Funeral urns dating from the time of the Romans have been found there. The town's modern name is derived from the fort, Castle (referring to the fort) and Ford (a low crossing point through a river).
Queens Park in Castleford has two circles which could be the remnants of round houses used by early Anglo Saxons.[original research?] Standing over 250 feet above sea level, it is thought that the area which is Queens Park would have offered a defensive view of the settlement.
The periphery, the town centre and other areas have undergone refurbishment and regeneration over the last five years. Some of the improvements were featured in a television series on Channel 4, called Kevin McCloud And The Big Town Plan.
Castleford grew significantly in the 19th century, when collieries opened in Glasshoughton, Whitwood, Methley and Wheldale (1868–1987) all of which closed in the 20th century. The opening of Ferrybridge power station and Kellingley Colliery in Knottingley have kept employment in the Castleford area, whilst the many warehouses and distribution centres in Glasshoughton are a further source of employment.
Castleford was established as an urban district, in the administrative county of the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894, with an urban district council. Whitwood and Glasshoughton were added to the district in the 1930s. The urban district was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1955.
Following the Local Government Act 1972, the municipal borough was abolished on April 1, 1974, with its territory becoming an unparished area of the City of Wakefield, a metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire. Hence, Castleford is now governed by Wakefield Council. The town is covered by three electoral wards; Whitwood, Castleford Central and Glasshoughton, and Airedale and Ferry Fryston.
Castleford is considered to be a safe Labour seat.
The town is home to Burberry, the clothing manufacturer and retailer. The company has two factories in the UK - the one in Castleford makes the firm's signature raincoats. Nestlé has a factory on Wheldon Road making sweets such as Toffee Crisp, After Eight and Cabana, Texan, Novo, Montego and Nestlé Crunch bars (not the chocolate ones). Allinson's Queen's Mill is the world's largest traditional stonegrinding mill, since 2003 has been owned by ADM Milling Ltd. Both of these places as of 2011 have closed down and production moved elsewhere. In December 2011 Haribo, the sweet producer, applied for planning permission to build a factory and research laboratory on the site of the Pioneer building at Whitwood
Some areas of Castleford are poor and run down. In part, this is because of the closure of the collieries in the 1980s and 90s. Official male unemployment rates reached 20% in the mid-1980s. According to the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000, Castleford Ferry Fryston ward falls today within the top 5% of most deprived wards in England. According to the Child Poverty Index, over 45% of 0-16 year olds living in Castleford are living in families claiming means tested benefits.
Despite a decline in coal mining and textile manufacturing, significant economic and employment growth has occurred in recent years in service sectors, especially in the retail and distribution sectors. This includes the Junction 32 Outlet village (formerly known as Freeport) and Xscape leisure complex, Europe's largest indoor real snow slope, which has turned the periphery of the town in to one of the most popular destinations for UK skiing and snowboarding. Such developments have taken place because of the town's motorway accessibility and rail connection to Leeds. Distribution companies include HI Group Plc, DHL and Argos Distributors Ltd.
This is just one of many economic developments in the town, including new retail and residential development, an architect-designed library and art museum and a new bus/rail transport interchange planned to be completed by 2010. Note this has been cancelled due to government cutbacks.
The library is in the beginning stages of beging redeveloped, as of January 2012, planning permission having been granted near the end of 2011. The old library building is currently closed, and the library relocated to shared premises. The existing facade will be kept, while the back part of the building will be demolished and replaced with a three story building. The new building is being called The Forum.
Development is founded on a strong sense of identity rooted in the town's heritage. Castleford has one of the district's most historic parks - Queens Park on Ferrybridge Road - built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. A Friends of the Park group has managed it since 1998 and transformed the fortunes of this park. 
Castleford offers the nearest available shopping for residents of the new Allerton Bywater Millennium Community, to the north of the town across the River Aire. This is a development of commercial and community space and over 500 homes, some of which have been built using innovative and modern off-site manufacturing techniques. Allerton Bywater is the second development in a Millennium Community programme, which started with Greenwich Millennium Village at Greenwich Peninsula, London.
Castleford offers a range of shopping outlets such as Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre and a small Retail Park. Supermarkets include Morrisons (formerly Netto), Co-Operative and various freezer Shops. Castleford has a 24 hour Asda which is situated close to the Xscape complex in the suburb of Glasshoughton. There is a 24 hour self service petrol station based at Asda.
The town centre night life has declined in recent years with the opening of the new Xscape complex.There are still plenty of pubs open in the town centre however. Examples being the Picture House, The Carlton, Glassblower and Mansion nightclub.
The town is also home to Castleford Academy; a secondary school for children aged 11–16.
Airedale Academy (previously Airedale High School - The Arts College) is also situated in Airedale, Castleford. This is a secondary school for young people aged 11–16.
Castleford also has a College, Whitwood Centre is part of Wakefield College. A new site has been completed for the college in Glasshoughton and is now in use (April 2009). The old college was demolished in 2009 to make way for new housing.
Castleford is a rugby league town. The local team, Castleford Tigers, were relegated from the UK's top division, Super League, after the 2006 season, but were promoted back for the 2008 season, after Grand Final victory over the Widnes Vikings and are now established in the sports top flight. The Tigers play at The Jungle which was renamed the Probiz Coliseum in December 2010 due to sponsorship.
The Castleford Tigers rugby league club play in the European Super League. Castleford Tigers main rivals are Featherstone Rovers, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Castleford Tigers are set to move to a brand new stadium at Glasshoughton in 2013.
Rugby league in the town was originally represented by Castleford, who were unrelated to Castleford RUFC who did not participate in The schism in English rugby and still exist, nor were they predecessors of the current Castleford Tigers who were founded in 1926. The original Castleford rugby league club played in the Northern Union (Rugby Football League) from 1896–97 to 1905–06, and it had one player named Isaac Cole who won a cap for England in 1906 against Other Nationalities.
From June 1979 to July 1980, Castleford had its own Speedway racing team, The Kings, based at the Greyhound Stadium in Whitwood. The circuit was very short (just 202 yards) and the team never entered the league – only challenge matches were staged.
Glasshoughton Welfare play in the Northern Counties East League, Fryston Colliery Welfare used to be members of this league until they had to leave in 1991 due to ground grading problems. Back in the 1920s, Castleford Town played in the Midland League alongside clubs like Doncaster Rovers, Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United, Halifax Town, Leeds United (for 1919-20 season only), Lincoln City and Mansfield Town. This league also contained the reserve sides of Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Nottingham Forest, Grimsby Town and Hull City. In 1920, Castleford reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup, losing 2-3 at Bradford Park Avenue. Castleford played at Wheldon Road, when they shut down, the ground was taken over by the rugby league team.
Castleford also has two other lower league rugby league teams, Castleford Lock Lane ARLFC and Castleford Panthers (based at Raglan Close).
The sculptor Henry Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a miner. He attended Half-Acres Junior and Infants school before later attending Castleford High School some of his work can be seen at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton.
Novelist Peter Robinson was born in Castleford
Writer and creator of Bill & Ben the flower pot men, Hilda Wright, was born and lived in Castleford.
Author Valerie Wood, was born and raised in Castleford until the age of 13.
Pools winner Viv Nicholson, remembered for her "spend, spend, spend" assertion was born and still lives in the Castleford area. Her life story was published in book form, before being turned into musical which had a run in London's West End. Nicholson also appeared on the cover of Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now by The Smiths pop group.
World famous composer, poet and actor Richard Stoker, is from the Castleford area. Stoker was Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, and also for the editor of Composer magazine for 11 years. He has also published several books of poems and short stories, as well as a children's novel.
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