Halifax is one of the oldest of West Yorkshire towns. By the 13th century it was already renowned for its clothing manufacturers.

The most remarkable building in Halifax is the great colonnaded Piece Hall. This was where the trading of the woollen cloth pieces was carried out. Opened on January 1, 1779, it was only open for business for two hours on a Saturday morning, and contained 315 merchant trading rooms. The Piece Hall has now been renovated and most of it converted into shops. The courtyard houses a fleamarket on Thursdays and an open market on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, there are a number of special events here.

The Piece Hall also houses the Halifax Visitor Centre and Art Gallery which holds several temporary exhibitions each year, including art, craft, photography and design. There is also a changing programme of contemporary craft for sale.

Halifax has many other fine buildings, mainly Victorian, including the magnificent Town Hall, opened in 1863. It was designed by Sir Charles Barry who also designed the Houses of Parliament.

Set in a former Victorian mill owner's house, the Bankfield Museum has an internationally important collection of textiles, as well as weird and wonderful objects from around the world.

OS grid reference SE 095 255


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Born in Halifax:

Phyllis Bentley (1894-1977) - novelist.

Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978) - actor and radio presenter.

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Halifax in Bloom
Halifax photographs from Geograph
Halifax Theatre History
Halifax Today
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Wikipedia article on Halifax

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