No 10. Pemberton House

Wakefield Civic Society

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Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield

No 10. Pemberton House

This was the home of Pemberton Milnes (1729-1795), a member of a family of prosperous cloth merchants, a leading Whig of his day, a West Riding magistrate and, from 1776 a deputy lieutenant of the county. The house was built about 1752. In the 1840s and 50s it was the home of Henry Clarkson, surveyor and author of Memories of Merry Wakefield. The coming of the railway line across Westgate rendered the property unattractive as a private residence and it then housed a local newspaper, The Wakefield and West Riding Herald.

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Pemberton House