Halifax – the administrative centre of Calderdale – is a bustling market town with many impressive Georgian and Victorian buildings, such as Sir Charles Barry’s Italianate Halifax Town Hall (1863). The town’s early pre-eminence as a textile manufacturing centre is reflected in its magnificent 18th century Piece Hall (1779) where merchants traded locally-manufactured hand-woven woollen cloth. Currently undergoing a major renovation, the Grade I Listed Piece Hall is due to re-open in Summer 2017.
During the 19th century Halifax became famous for other branches of textiles, including carpets manufactured by the renowned firm of John Crossley at their huge complex of mills at Dean Clough, now home to a thriving complex of galleries, restaurants and businesses. The ornately-carved Victorian shop fronts and exuberantly decorated shopping arcades in the centre of Halifax reflect the wealth and confidence of the town at this date. Halifax Borough Market Hall (1891-6), with its gaily painted cast iron structure, is still in daily use.
There is lots more to discover in and around Halifax, from ancient Halifax Minster to lively colourful Eureka, The National Children’s Museum. Other attractions close to Halifax include 17th century Shibden Hall, home of the remarkable diarist Anne Lister, and Bankfield Museum, a Victorian mansion built by millowner Colonel Edward Akroyd, just across the road his pioneering model village of Akroydon, developed during the 1860s and now a conservation area.
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The Calder Valley combines spectacular scenery with interesting villages and characterful towns.
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Article on Calderdale in Manchester Evening News, 3 September 2016:
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