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Pontefract itself is a historic market town with a wealth of history including the Pontefract Castle. Richard II is thought to have died there and it is the site of famous sieges during the seventeenth century English civil war. Pontefract is also the home of the Pontefract racecourse which was founded in 1801. We have featured the racecourse on our focal wall in our newly refurbished branch here in Pontefract town centre. Pontefract is also famous for our Pontefract cakes made here in the town.

The market is really starting to move within the area, there are now more buyers registering to buy property and interest in purchasing is much higher. Pontefract and the surrounding areas have a mixture of purchasers from first time buyers who are leaving home for the first time to people who have lived in rented accommodation. Other buyers include investors that are registered with us and people looking for larger or smaller homes. There are a selection of flats locally, semi-detached, terraces and detached homes within the area.

The Pontefract area benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops and smaller independent boutiques. These include Marks & Spencer’s, Tesco and Morrison’s for the weekly grocery shopping. Pontefract market is the perfect place to shop for fruit and vegetables, fish and even flowers on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Sarah Johnson who has worked for Reeds Rains for 29 years loves Pontefract because she says: “It is really accessible for the countryside and surrounding towns and cities, the M62/ A1 are within easy reach."

Pontefract is known for Pontefract castle, Pontefract Racecourse and of course the liquorice sweets, Pontefract cakes. Pontefract Park is within one mile of the town centre great for walking or taking the kids to the park. Pontefract squash centre is internationally regarded and provides a gym. Junction 32 shopping and leisure complex is within 1.5 miles driving distance with its shops and cinema and indoor snow zone.