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Halifax, West Yorkshire, England - The Parish Church

Halifax, town and urban area (from 2011 built-up area), metropolitan borough of Calderdale, metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, historic county of Yorkshire, northern England. An old market town for grain, wool, and cloth trades, it lost its preeminence to Bradford (just to the northeast) in the 19th century. It is the administrative centre for the metropolitan borough...

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The Parish Church
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England

The Parish Church
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Halifax, West Yorkshire, England

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Halifax, West Yorkshire, England

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1414 - Woollen manufacture was being conducted in Halifax on a small scale at this time
1585 - The Free Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth was founded by Dr John Favour, who became the vicar of Halifax in 1593.
1642-45 - During the Civil War, Halifax was garrisoned by Parliament against King Charles.
1650 - The last person was executed in Halifax under a gibbet law, whereby a theft valued at more than 13½d was punishable by beheading.
1779 - The rebuilding of Piece Hall was completed, with 315 rooms set round a quadrangle.
It is the only surviving cloth manufacturers' hall in Britain. It was here where cottage weavers would take their pieces, or lengths of cloth, to be sold.
1795 - St. Johns Trinity church was built, in Harrison Lane.
1844 - Halifax railway station was originally opened at Shaw Syke.
1895 - Halifax
Halifax, hal'e-fax, a parliamentary borough, large manufacturing town, and township of England, co. of York, West Riding, on the navigable Calder, and on two railways, 14 miles W.S.W. of Leeds. . It is picturesquely situated on a declivity, surrounded by lofty heights, and, with the exception of a few ancient streets, is mostly built of stone. It is well paved and lighted. Chief buildings, the Piece Hall, a vast and handsome stone-built quadrangle, containing warehouses in which the manufacturers keep their cloths for sale; and the parish church, a fine structure of the fifteenth century, and to which about 18 other churches and chapels are subordinate. All Souls' church is one of the handsomest in England. Here are also numerous meeting-houses and schools, several of which are well endowed, a blue-coat hospital, founded in 1642, a handsome modern infirmary, a jail, a fine town hall, a large orphanage, almshouses, a people's park, a theatre, assembly-rooms, public baths, library,... Read MORE...

2023 - Whether you're interested in history, the arts, or outdoor activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Halifax. Here are some must-visit places and activities in the area:
1. Piece Hall:

Start your visit to Halifax at Piece Hall, a Grade I listed building that dates back to 1779. It has been beautifully restored and is now home to a variety of shops, cafes, and galleries. It's a great place to soak in some history and enjoy a coffee.

2. Eureka! The National Children's Museum:

If you're traveling with kids or just enjoy interactive exhibits, Eureka! is a fantastic place to explore. It's packed with hands-on activities and educational displays that make learning fun for all ages.

3. Shibden Hall:

This historic house and park are famous for their association with Anne Lister, a 19th-century diarist and landowner. The hall itself is a fascinating place to explore, and the surrounding park offers scenic walks.

4. Halifax Minster:

This impressive medieval church is a must-visit for its stunning architecture and rich history. Take a guided tour to learn more about its significance and the town's religious heritage.

5. Bankfield...

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