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The town of Pontefract is an ancient medieval market town that lies near the A1 road and the town of Castleford in West Yorkshire.

The regular market that takes place several day a week in the centre of the town is always busy, as are the adjoining retail areas in Pontefract, which offer a range of shops from major chains to specialist retailers.

Originally the town was famous for its castle with its links to the English Civil War, but only a few remains of the main building can be seen today.

Owing to the nature of the local soil, the surrounding area is perfect for the growing of liquorice and the city is one of the only places in the country to have factories producing liquorice-based confectionary. The town is famous in its own right for the liquorice-based sweet known as the Pontefract Cake that is still manufactured to this day.

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