Have you ever wondered what life was like 100 years ago or more? If you want time travel, then Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is the right rail line for you. Authentic ticket offices, rail stations, staff, uniforms and coal fired steam trains. Just watch the oilman, the coal loader and the train driver as they keep the train on the tracks backwards in time. You also sit in authentic carriages and there is even a bar with traditional hand-pulled ales. They also have a museum with amazing carriages and engines from the steam age.
Starting in nearby Oxenhope you can ride to Keighley and back. They specialise in groups and families, are licensed and can even do a meal option for groups.
(Keep your ticket ready for the Conductor!)
Halifax's main church is St John the Baptist's, a short walk from the train station. It only goes to prove the saying 'Where there's muck there's brass', it is probably the blackest and most grimey church I've seen but inside it is filled with many architectural riches! The interior is also dimly lit and very atmospheric. The routes inside and outside the church are paved with old tombstones.
Saturday morning is undoubtedly the best time to visit the church. It is full of life as the congregation prepares for the afternoon's weddings. When volunteers are available the church is open Monday to Friday and till noon on Saturday.
St John's has some superb original features. For example, almost all of the wooden pews, rank upon rank, date from 1633. The font cover is the church's prized exhibit, dating from 1450 its intricate carvings stretch 20 feet up into the roof void. At the east end the chancel window won first prize for stained glass at Britain's Great Exhibition of 1851. Another fascinating feature is the North wall, now inside-out, it was once the exterior wall of an earlier church.
The only drawbacks were the stewards, who were so chatty I found it difficult to escape!!!
Halifax boasts the only remaining Cloth Hall in Yorkshire and the oldest one in Great Britain. In actuality, the Piece Hall was built (in the 1770's) only a few years before the town's cloth industry went into decline. However, it is absolutely vast and a great asset to the town. It is more of a massive public square than a hall, sorrounded on all four sides by colonnades on many levels. Confusingly (but effectively), because of the steeply sloping ground, the building has four storeys on the East side and only three on the West.
The Piece hall's vast central square is used for public entertainment - free festivals and music. Around the outside are many small shops and cafes. To the east is the town's Tourist Information Office, it's Art Gallery and a Museum too. All-in-all you should definitely head straight here, whatever the day of the week or the weather, if you visit the town!
Guns are legal here in the UK and you can go clay pigeon shooting here in Halifax every Sunday. Many small clubs rent farmers fields and blast away at clay pigeons in ones and twos. Pictured are some VT Members firing away, many for the first time. Be careful! Every last one of them hit multiple targets!
I don't know the history of this festival at the moment.
I know that every year that it has been done, there is a theme.
Maps are supplied to follow the trail (£1) and the idea is to go round by foot or car and spot as many as possible.
It took us about a hour to do in the car so unless you are very fit and fond of long walks I would use the car the first time you come to see this.
Wainhouse Tower (or Wainhouse's folly as it is also known) is a great big tower overlooking the Calder Valley. Built in the late 19th century it was supposed to be a chimney for a local dye works. John Wainhouse owned a mill lower in the valley and wanted to help the health of his workers by channelling the smoke from the chimneys over the top of the hill. Unfortunately he sold the mill before the chimney was finished... So he changed the design a bit, added stairs and a viewing platform and a few windows and voila... A new attraction. The local council now own the site and it is now lit up at night, a view seen from miles around. The idea to light up the tower came from a ten year old school boy (coincidentally a friend of one of my sons) to celebrate the millenium. The tower is open to the public on Bank Holidays and for those of you willing to climb the 403 steps to the top, the view is breath taking. Yes even I have been up there - a fact my boyfriend can't get over as I'm phobic about heights :-)
UNFORTUNATELY THE TOWER IS NOW CLOSED, IT REQUIRES EXTENSIVE REPAIRS AND THE LOCAL COUNCIL DO NOT HAVE THE FUNDS. ALAS, IT IS A SIGN OF THE TIMES IN WHICH WE LIVE WHERE WE LIVE FOR THE PRESENT AND DO NOT CHERISH THE PAST.
Hannah Cockcroft won a Gold medal in the 100 metres at the Paralympics in London. Her Gold post box is outside the Town Hall on Crossley street in Halifax.
The Halifax old railway station is no longer operated by the "modern" train station, but the old building still stand there. Today the old station is just another historical building.
The Minster in Halifax is strongly connected to the history of the town. It's been standing in the valley for 900 years and is the final resting place for many of Halifax's prominent people.
A revived tradition of delivering rushes to the local Church’s, to be used as a floor covering.
Followed by other entertainers, such as Morris Dancers.