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Gissing House

Gissing's House in Thompson's Yard, Westgate
Watercolour by Joe Clay © The Gissing Trust


The Gissing Centre is open from May to September every Saturday, 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. or by appointment.

The Gissing Centre
2-4 Thompson's Yard

contact: Dr. Phil Judkins
mobile: 0797 144 9451

more information: The Gissing Trust


George Gissing (1857-1903) the renowned Victorian novelist, lived as a boy behind his father's chemist's shop in Thompson's Yard. Although he left Wakefield as a young man, his early experiences in Wakefield are often reflected in his writing. He wrote 23 novels, short stories, and two studies of Charles Dickens.

The Gissing Trust was founded in 1978 by Wakefield Historical Society, Wakefield Civic Society and others to acquire and preserve the childhood home of George Gissing in Thompson's Yard, where family memorabilia, books and an exhibition are housed.

Quest for new committee members The Gissing Trust is looking for volunteers to join its small committee. It normally meets only twice a year but some of its members also volunteer to undertake the occasional Saturday afternoon staffing the centre. Please let us know if you are interested.