Visit Halifax and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Halifax, West Yorkshire. Motorists have good reason to know Halifax for here Percy Shaw in 1934 produced the first of the reflecting roadstuds (cats' eyes) that now guide them through fog or darkness. English toffee also was invented in Halifax, which further claims to be the home of the world's largest building society. Other important products are carpets and yarns. But Halifax was built on the cloth trade as far back as the 13th century, and it is still a major producer of cloth. The Piece Hall, an Ancient Monument, was completed in 1779 with 315 rooms around a quadrangle for cloth traders' displays. Until the mid-l7th century there was a gibbet law under which a theft of cloth valued at 13½d. or more was punishable by beheading, hence the Beggar's or Vagrant's Litany: “From Hull, Hell and Halifax, good Lord deliver us.” The 50th and last victim of the guillotine-like gibbet was executed in 1650. The site of the gibbet is still visible in Gibbet Street.
The town in the Pennine foothills has a spectacular setting. It rises on steep hills from Hebble Brook. Like other West Yorkshire industrial centres it is largely 19th-century in appearance. The Town Hall of 1863 was designed by Sir Charles Barry in more or less Italian style with a tall clock tower. Wainhouse Tower is the most familiar landmark, an octagonal stone 270-ft chimney built in 1871 to serve a dye-works but never used. Up 400 winding steps there is a panoramic view. Another fine viewpoint is Beacon Hill, 850 ft high.
St John's blackened parish church, once the centre of the old town, now has factories, the railway station and a viaduct for company. It dates from the 12th century but is mainly, in its present form, of the 15th and 16th centries. It has excellent woodwork, including ceilings, font cover, stalls, communion rail and pews, also fine windows of Commonwealth glass. Beside the poor box is a life-size figure known as Old Tristram. supposed to have been modelled on a local beggar, dated 1701. All Souls Church, Haley Hill, built to serve the model suburb of Akroydon, was completed in 1859 and Sir George Gilbert Scott called it “on the whole, my best church”.
The Old Cock Hotel in South Gate has a handsome 16th- or 17th-century, oak-panelled room. Shibden Hall, a splendid l5th-century timbered house with 17th- and l9th-century additions, belongs to the corporation and contains period furnishings. The Bankfield Museum occupies the Italian-style mansion of the Akroyd family. The major historical collection here is of textile machinery, fabrics and costume, including Balkan peasant dress. Mendelssohn in 1842 and John Joubert in 1968 composed for the Halifax Choral Society. Halifax is the birthplace and home of the novelist Phyllis Bentley.
Luddenden, in a glen 2 miles North West of Halifax, recalls the atmosphere of an upland weaving hamlet with its 17th-century, buildings and tricky steep and narrow streets.
Nearby cities: Bradford
Nearby towns: Brighouse, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield
Nearby villages: Barkisland, Birkby, Buttershaw, Deighton, Elland, Exley, Great Horton, Greetland, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Lindley, Low Moor, Luddenden Foot, Mytholmroyd, Ovenden, Queensbury, Ripponden, Rishworth, Southowram, Sowerby Bridge, Stainland, Thornton, Wibsey
Have you decided to visit Halifax or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Halifax bed and breakfast (a Halifax B&B or Halifax b and b)
- a Halifax guesthouse
- a Halifax hotel (or motel)
- a Halifax self-catering establishment, or
- other Halifax accommodation