Knottingley, which was once described as the smallest town and the largest village in the country, has a rich history. The town is still home to some major industrial concerns, a tradition which it has carried for many years.
The glass works in Knottingley have been established for over one hundred years though they have seen several changes of ownership along the way. Pontefract Museum displays some of the glass works that have been produced in Knottingley.
Close to Knottingley is the Ferrybridge Power Station which has the largest cooling towers of its kind in Europe. These towers can be seen for miles around.
The annual Knottingley and Ferrybridge Carnival, which had its origins back in 1927, continues to be staged each summer and attracts support from all corners of the community.