Wakefield Cathedral is not an ancient monument to be treated with pious gentleness like some (York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral etc). Wakefield is an everyday church to be used by everyone at anytime. the church has some Norman bits but for the most part it is a relatively modern building. the diosese was formed from the diosese of Ripon in 1884. the first Bishop was Walsham Howe.the Treacy Hall next door has a very good tea room serving home-made lunches and light refreshments. the cathedral is bang smack in the city centre pedestrian precinct with the Ridings shopping Centre 50 yards away and the new Trinity Walk shopping 2 minutes away.