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Thursday 29 June

Thursday 3 August


Thursday July 13, 7.30pm
After the Flood: Rebuilding Elland Bridge.

The listed Elland Bridge over the Calder and Hebble Canal was among the most serious casualties of the floods which affected all the towns on our stretch of the Calder Valley on that unforgettable Boxing Day 2015. The canal bridge had to be demolished and rebuilt and, because it was a listed structure, the rebuilding was done with care to replicate the historic bridge while also making it strong enough for 21st-century loads. However the process took more than 13 months before the bridge was finally reopened on February 8 2017 and many people were critical of the length of time taken on what appeared to be a straightforward construction task. In reality the operation was far more complicated than it appeared. One man who knows this is photographer Mike Bentley, who recorded the entire process, from the day after the flood to the reopening of the bridge. A selection of his photographs are to go on display in Brighouse later this year - but we will enjoy an eye- opening preview of the entire collection in Mike's illustrated talk After the Flood: Rebuilding Elland Bridge on Thursday July 13 at Halifax Town Hall (room D, next to the Mayor's Parlour), starting at 7.30pm.






Other future events

Your HCT committee is working on further events for later in the year. They include the following:-

September: Unveiling of a blue plaque to commemorate Nathaniel Waterhouse (1586-1645). He was a generous local benefactor who founded the Halifax Workhouse and who in his will set up a number of charities, schools and almshouses, including the Blue Coat School. His descendants re- established the almshouses and school in Harrison Road in the 19th century. The Blue Coat School closed in 1958 and new Waterhouse Homes were built in 1967 - 50 years ago this year. To mark this anniversary, Halifax Civic Trust and the Waterhouse Charity are to erect a blue plaque to commemorate Nathaniel Waterhouse at the Waterhouse Homes during the Halifax Heritage Festival in early September 2017. The event will incorporate the fourth annual Halifax Civic Trust Lecture.

Visit to Dean Clough Mills

This year's Halifax Civic Trust Award was presented at the Trust's annual general meeting in May to commend the restoration of A Mill and B Mill at Dean Clough, Halifax. This was a landmark event in the 34-year revival of Dean Clough, once the largest integrated carpet complex in the world, which closed in 1982. The award marked the restoration and reuse of all the dozen or so major mills at Dean Clough; in fact only one medium-sized building, Marshall's Mill, remains to be tackled on the whole half-mile-long site. Renovated Dean Clough now houses around 140 businesses and other organisations employing about 4,000 people. To mark this achievement the trust is in the process of organising a visit which will include an exterior tour of the buildings and a look around the inside of A and B mills, which now accommodate around 700 people employed by the Covea Insurance company. Final details to follow.

Outing to Manningham, Bradford

We are also in the process of organising a visit to the Manningham area of Bradford which is planned to include a visit to Samuel Lister's magnificent grade 2 * listed Manningham Mills - once the largest silk mill in the world - as well as a nearby church with important modern sculptures, and a look at perhaps Bradford's premier museum, Cartwright Hall in Lister Park. More details to follow.

AFTER THE FLOOD HCT Elland  talk.pdf