Ossett

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Coordinates: 53°41′N 1°35′W / 53.68°N 1.58°W / 53.68; -01.58

Ossett (pronounced /ˈɒsɨt/) is a market town within the metropolitan borough of the City of Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, England. It is located on junction 40 of the M1 motorway, half-way between Dewsbury, to the west, and Wakefield, to the east. In the 2001 census, it was classified as part of the West Yorkshire Urban Area.[1] The town is roughly half-way between the west and east coasts of England.

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Ossett derives from the Anglo Saxon and is either "the fold of a man named Osla" or " a fold frequented by blackbirds".[2] Ossett is sometimes misspelled as "Osset". In Ellis' On Early English Pronunication, one of the founding works of British linguistics, the incorrect spelling is used.[3] The British Library has an online dialect study that uses the spelling.[4]

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