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Ben Tucker

Newlands Derelict Village – Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Location: Newlands Estate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Camera: Canon 40D Lens: Canon 17-85mm IS EFS USM Exposure details: HDR 3 Exposures – 1/125 sec @ F/10 ISO100 Processing: Merged with Photomatix, Some minor edits to vibrance and clarity in Adobe Lightroom This odd little abandoned village on the outskirts of Normanton was probably my first Urbex Experience. My old Landlord asked if we wanted to join him for a walk and he showed me this place just a mile or 2 from the main road accessed via a small dirt path next to some woods! While trolling the internet looking for information on this place i found links to several UK Urbexing websites and there began the addiction :) . The Newland estate was a small township on the outskirts of Normanton and lies on the north bank of the River Calder. Existing since 1213 when it was established by King John of England as a preceptory of the Knight’s Templars, it was later transferred to the similar organisation, “The Knights Hospitallers” in 1256. The property belonging to the Hospitallers was dissolved by King Henry VIII who bestowed the property upon himself. The earliest known preceptor of the Knights Hospitallers was Simon Paccable in 1313. Newland was once held by the Levett family, and William Levett, who was lord of the manor, was admitted tenant of the Knights Hospitallers on October 2, 1447.

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