Look closely as you walk around Halifax and you’ll find plenty of evidence that reveals its historic wealth and importance. You’ll also notice plenty of clues to the source of its prosperity during the industrial age. Emblems and symbols of sheep and the wool trade appear scattered both low and high throughout this West Yorkshire Minster Town as if it were some big treasure hunt!
I’m here to visit The Piece Hall after the completion of a £19 million restoration project. This Grade I listed building was founded in 1779 as a cloth trading hall and is one of just two existing cloth halls across the whole of Europe! “European” is at the forefront of my mind as I step into the enclosed square on a hot, sunny afternoon. I feel I could be in Italy, Greece or any historical European site but it’s a scoop of Yorkshire ice cream from an hidden corner of the long neo-classical passage ways that cools me as I explore further.
This is more than a sightseer’s tour though. I’m here for a briefing ahead of my Photo Walk at Piece Hall on the 9th September as part of the Halifax Heritage Festival. After a fascinating and insightful ‘behind the scenes’ tour I can’t believe what a gem this place is, I can’t believe how much there is to explore and photograph!
The photo walk tour is now finalised and will offer people a tantalising glimpse at the unique and inspiring heritage around Halifax with some top-tips for photographing them. As well as professional photography advice, post-walk refreshments and an insightful tour, we’re hoping to offer people attending some exclusive photography opportunities too!
Spaces are limited for this unique and special photo walk. For more information and booking please visit the Piece Hall Events Page.