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The Piece Hall - Halifax

The Piece Hall - Halifax

Enjoy free time at Halifax Piece & Hebden Bridge

Halifax Piece Hall & Hebden Bridge

 

The Grade I listed Piece Hall, Halifax is a rare and precious thing, an architectural and cultural phenomenon which is absolutely unique. It is the sole survivor of the great eighteenth century northern cloth halls, a class of buildings which embodied the vital and dominant importance of the trade in hand woven textiles to the pre-industrial economy of the West Riding of Yorkshire, from the Middle Ages through to the early nineteenth century.

 

Dating from 1779, when it was built as a Cloth Hall for the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth (a 30 yard length of woven woollen fabric produced on a handloom), The Piece Hall was the most ambitious and prestigious of its type and now stands in splendid isolation as the only remaining example. It is one of Britain’s most outstanding Georgian buildings.

 

It is impossible to overstate the scale and importance of this trade, not just to the history of Halifax and the West Riding, but to the nation as a whole over some 800 years between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries.

 

When it was built, The Piece Hall was a highly visible statement of the great wealth, pride and ambition of the cloth manufacturers. Although built for trade, it also embodied the most cultured sensitivities of the Enlightenment; these bluff northern manufacturers deliberately chose a design for their building which adapted the neo-classical orders of architecture derived originally from the Romans.

 

rom its inception, The Piece Hall was a stunning combination of commerce and culture, an icon of hard business but also a broader statement about the history, the lives and the values of its surrounding community. This fascinating mix of purpose and idealism – business, arts and people, continues to influence and drive The Piece Hall’s role today. A direct link back over almost a quarter of a millenium of history.

 

https://www.thepiecehall.co.uk/

 

Wander the creative, bohemian streets of Hebden Bridge, and you can feel the influence of the writers and artists who flocked to the town around the 70s and 80s. From artisan shops and inspiring galleries to organic pavement cafés and charming picture houses, the town is justifiably proud of its artistic identity. Just a few minutes away you will find pretty wooded valleys and picturesque heather moorland.

 

https://www.yorkshire.com/places/west-yorkshire/calderdale/hebden-bridge

Halifax

In 2017 one of the most extraordinary buildings in Britain reopened after a multi million pound restoration. The Piece Hall in Halifax is a unique Grade I listed building dating back to 1779, originally built to support the trading of 'pieces' of cloth. Now transformed into a 21st Century town square, The Piece Hall home to a mix of independent shops, businesses and restaurants, a truly unique shopping experience at Christmastime, along with Halifax town centre to explore.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Harrogate Harrogate Montpellier Coach Stand
Montpellier Coach Stand - St Marys Walk HG2 0NF
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Kings Road - Harrogate S Kings Road - Harrogate.
Bus Stop opp. Betfred (old P.O) HG1 5JG
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Knaresborough Knaresborough HG5 0AD
Coach Park (behind Marquis of Granby Pub) York Rd
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Knaresborough Road -Hgate Knaresborough Road -Harrogate
Opposite CO-OP (Former Harrow Pub) HG2 7LU
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Starbeck S Starbeck HG2 7LH
Outside Methodist Church, High Street, Starbeck
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Wetherby Wetherby
Outside the Wetherby Whaler, Wetherby, LS22 6NE
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