Thursday July 13, 7.30pm After the Flood: Rebuilding Elland Bridge.
The listed Elland Bridge over theCalder 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
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
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.