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Ackworth Hoard

Ackworth Hoard

Ackworth Hoard

Address

5 Salter Row,
Pontefract,
West Yorkshire,
WF8 1BA

Details

*The information below is correct at 10am on Wednesday 18th March.*

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When this you see, remember me

The Ackworth Hoard was found buried in a garden in Ackworth inside a pot made locally in Wrenthorpe. It is made up of 52 gold and 539 silver coins and a single gold ring. Dating to the Civil War, it is the only hoard known from the Wakefield district and has a distinct Royalist association.

Wakefield Council campaigned to keep the Ackworth Hoard in the district. Fundraising has ensured that this amazing treasure will remain in Yorkshire.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £25,500 towards the acquisition of the treasure and a programme of associated activities so that people can learn about its importance to Wakefield and Yorkshire. Further support includes £49,000 raised from national funding, £27,000 from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant and £10,000 from the Headley Trust. Over £2,500 has also been reached through local fundraising including Ackworth Parish Council donating £500.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 455219  Lat: 53.69156 Long: -1.31243

By Road:
Jct32 M62
Follow signs for Pontefract Town Centre.
Museum is on the precinct, next to Pontefract Library

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Tanshelf Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station

Facilities

  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups