The Town Of Halifax, York
Another more unusual building which displays Victorians show-casing their wealth is Wainhouse Tower (1875). At 253 feet high, it dominates the Halifax skyline. The grandeur of these buildings was a reflection of the tremendous growth in industry happening in Halifax at the time.
Men like John Crossley and Edward Akroyd liked to show their importance to the town with grand public buildings. They put in rival plans for Halifax Town Hall, but both of their plans fell through. In the end it was designed by Houses of Parliament architect, Sir Charles Barry, and built in 1863.
Halifax architectural masterpiece is undoubtedly The Piece Hall, one of Europe’s most outstanding 18th century buildings. Nowadays it bustles with 50 different shops, three weekly markets and an art gallery. It is also a popular centre for events and entertainments.
Halifax is the administrative centre of Calderdale, an Administrative metropolitan borough formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of many local boroughs. Halifax was built on the production of wool and worsted cloth.
Last but not least, I have to talk about Halifax people. They are extremely friendly and warm. This is my little homage to Halifax people. I hope many VirtualTourists read this and decide to visit the town when staying in West Yorkshire. Halifax people: they are great !
Thousands of new workers had to be housed in Halifax’s growing township, and in 1853 in the Old Cock Inn, a number of local businessmen set up a building society which has today become one of the country’s biggest financial institutions, now known as Halifax plc. In 1973 the company built a new headquarters - one of Halifax’s most prominent buildings. Part of the structure has a marvellous glass wall. You can see the Victoria Theatre in the picture too.
Shibden Hall is now a visitor attraction. Built by William Otes in 1420, the house was developed, and lived in, by some of Halifax’s most prominent families, including the Saviles, the Waterhouses and most latterly the Listers.
Halifax’s heritage has also been preserved by one of the biggest clean up operations in the country - leaving the classic Edwardian and Victorian character of its buildings to shine through.
This is the Halifax museum called 'Eureka!', Britain’s first hands on museum designed especially for children under 12.
Akroyd’s house, an elaborate Italianate villa, is now Bankfield Museum, which houses an important costume and textile collection, as well as the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum.