- a city in West Yorkshire, in N central England, SE of Leeds: ruins of a 12th-century castle.
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The regiment spent a few days in Pontefract and was then disbanded.
He took me to Pontefract, where there were more recruits in waiting.
The Stayntons were tenants in chief of both the 'honours' of Tickhill and Pontefract.
On the 6th, we find him still at Pontefract, and again on the 14th.
We find him, from the 14th to the 16th, at Pontefract; on the 17th, at Doncaster.
- an industrial town in N England, in Wakefield unitary authority, West Yorkshire: castle (1069), in which Richard II was imprisoned and murdered (1400). Pop: 28 250 (2001)