Halifax is a minster town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. The town has been a centre of woollen manufacture from the 15th century onward, originally dealing through the Piece Hall. Halifax is known for Mackintosh's chocolate and toffee products including Rolo and Quality Street.
The Halifax Bank was also founded and is still headquartered in Halifax. Dean Clough, one of the largest textile factories in the world at more than 1⁄2 mile (800 m) long, was in the north of the town. The premises have been converted for office and retail use including a gym, theatre, hotel and radio station.
The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) Regimental Association, previously based at Wellesley Park, in the former Wellesley Barracks is located within the Bankfield Museum on Boothtown Road. The former barracks was converted into an educational school in 2005.
Halifax Town Hall was designed by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, in 1863.
Once the home of the diarist Anne Lister, Shibden Hall is just outside Halifax in the neighbouring Shibden Valley.
Halifax is located in the south-eastern corner of the moorland region of the South Pennines. Halifax is situated about 4 miles (6 km) from the M62 motorway, close to Bradford and Huddersfield.
The Tees-Exe line passes through the A641 road, which links Brighouse with Bradford and Huddersfield, The town lies 65 miles (105 km) from Hull and Liverpool, and about 170 miles (270 km) from the cities of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff as the crow flies. The Hebble Brook joins the River Calder at Salterhebble.
WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE
Calderdale Royal Hospital is within walking distance as is Manor Park Heath. The bus stop is within sight of the apartments on Huddersfield Road with direct and regular access into the Town centre.
A number of amenities are also within walking distance, such as an express supermarket, hairdressers, sandwich bar, pubs and restaurants etc.
Halifax boasts a range of shopping, dining and other experiences to explore, typical of a large town.
INVESTMENT IN RESTORING HERITAGE
Piece Hall is the former cloth hall, where pieces of woollen cloth were traded. Opened on 1 January 1779, trading took place for two hours on a Saturday morning in a total of 315 merchant trading rooms. After mechanisation of the cloth industry, the Hall became a public market. Reopened in 2017, Piece Hall is host to many arts, crafts and independent shops.
Dean Clough Mill located beside the Victorian Gothic Revival North Bridge was built in the 1840s–'60s for Crossley's Carpets, owned by John Crossley and was once the largest carpet factory in the world. It was converted to a business park in the 1980s.
Wainhouse Tower, at King Cross, is a late Victorian folly constructed between 1871 and 1875. Originally intended to be the chimney for a dye works, it became a folly after the dye works was sold in 1874 and the new owner refused to pay for its completion. It is the tallest folly in the world and the tallest structure in Calderdale.
People's Park is a public park originally designed by Joseph Paxton, given to the people of Halifax in 1857 by Sir Francis Crossley.
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