54 years of celebrating, enhancing and safeguarding Halifax's built and natural environment.

Edgerton – the Belgravia of Huddersfield Saturday 9th April

10.15am for 10.30.

Some of you true-hearted Haligonians may think that two trips to our sister town in less than six months is at least one too many but, as I wrote last time, Huddersfield does have some good bits. Those who came to look at the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau houses in Lindley and Birkby in October will have come away impressed at the quality of the architecture by Edgar Wood and his contemporaries at and around the turn of the 20th century.

Shaw Lodge Mills - Wednesday 16th March


Our first excursion of 2016 takes us all the way to... Shaw Lodge Mills, just a few minutes' drive from Halifax town centre and a stone's throw from the Shay football ground. This magnificent collection of textile mills, strung out along Shaw Lane and Boys Lane, must rate as the finest mill complex in Halifax after the Crossleys' Dean Clough.


Thursday 19th March 2015
7:30pm at Halifax Town Hall

The Story of Calderdale's Canals
An illustrated talk by Keith Noble

Britain's canals are among the nation's great engineering achievements. They came into being because the Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain during the mid-18th century, required a reliable way of transporting goods in large quantities. About 30 river navigation schemes took place as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, but the real growth in the canal network came in the second half of the 18th century.

Calderdale has not one, but two canals. The Calder and Hebble Navigation runs for 21 miles from Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge and boats encounter 27 locks along the route. It was open as far as Brighouse by 1764 and Sowerby Bridge by 1770. At Sowerby Bridge basin the Calder and Hebble joins the Rochdale Canal for the 32 mile journey - and 91 locks - to Manchester and beyond. The Rochdale Canal opened in stages up to 1804 and in 1828 a spur - the Halifax branch - was constructed to connect the Calder and Hebble from Salterhebble to Halifax town centre. The terminal basin was situated beside John Mackintosh's, now Nestle's sweet-making factories. This steep and difficult canal closed in 1942 but remnants can still be seen along the route of today's Hebble Trail.

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Thursday 16th April 2015
7:30pm at Halifax Town Hall

The Future of Railways in the North
An illustrated talk by Stephen Waring


These are exciting times for Britain's railways, with plans for the most significant extensions to the network for more than a century.

The Government has given the go-ahead to the first stage of High Speed 2, from London to Birmingham, and construction is planned to start in 2017. Now planners are working on phase two, in the form of a Y-shaped network from Birmingham, serving Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds.

The so-called Northern Rail Hub offers a series of schemes to upgrade the north's railways, with as many as 700 more trains a day by 2019, and including faster journeys between Bradford, Halifax and Manchester. There is even a real hope that Elland will get its long-awaited station before 2020.

Stephen Waring is the founder and Chair of Halifax and District Rail Action Group.

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Monday 11th May 2015
7.30pm at Halifax Town Hall

Halifax Civic trust AGM, speaker to be confirmed


Thursday 28th May 2015
2.00 p.m. at Halifax Borough Market


A visit to the "Streets in the Sky"


Friday 11th September 2015
5.30 p.m. at Halifax Town Hall

Talk to launch the Halifax Heritage Festival weekend.
Speaker - Jill Liddington on the suffragettes.

Saturday 29th November. Christmas Lunch - Crow Nest Golf Club, Hove Edge, Brighouse


Thursday 6th November 2014. The Annual J H Whitely Lecture by  John Bercow MP


Saturday 16th November 2013.  Unveiling of blue plaque to E.P. Thompson

the writer of “The Making of the English Working Class” at Siddal.   This will be preceded by a walk and talk by our Chairman Dr John A. Hargreaves which is expected to start at Square Chapel at about 13:30, firm details later.


Saturday 22nd June – Visit to RIPON and MARKENFIELD HALL

This is a reciprocal visit hosted by Ripon Civic Society, who came to Halifax last summer. In the morning we shall have tour of the Town Hall and the nearby Workhouse Museum. After lunch we have a guided tour of the cathedral. We then go to Markenfield Hall, a privately owned medieval moated house dating from the C11 about 3 miles south of Ripon.


Sunday 4th August – 150th anniversary of Halifax Town Hall

Our Chairman, Dr John Hargreaves will speak at the opening of the celebrations which will be accompanied by an exhibition by the Victorian Society which will remain until the end of the month.


Thursday 10th September, 7:00pm  – Talk at Halifax Town Hall, room D

Bryan Harkness will speak to us on the fascinating subject of “Halifax Diamonds”.   What diamonds, when?


Thursday  17th October, 7:00pm – Talk at Halifax Town Hall, room D

Greg Christie will give a talk on Eric Knight entitled “The Curse of Lassie”.

Did you know that the writer of the book that became the American classic film “Lassie Come Home” lived in Skircoat Green?  Come and hear about his interesting career. Perhaps he merits a blue plaque.AGM and Awards Presentation

On Thursday 25th April 2013 at 7.30 p.m. at the Town Hall, Halifax Civic Trust held its AGM on Thursday 25th April at the Town Hall, chaired by the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr. John Hardy. The meeting included the presentation of the annual Halifax Civic Trust awards, which are given to projects from a list nominated by the public and selected by the HCT committee. The awards are given for high quality restoration work, new buildings or landscaping projects that enhance the townscape or countryside of the area of the former County Borough of Halifax.

We also had short lecture by Lord Somerleyton.


Halifax Civic Trust sends its congratulations to Hannah Cockcroft, Calderdale's double Olympic Gold Medallist.

Calderdale's double Gold Medallist, Hannah Cockroft, is set to be given a real Calderdale welcome when she returns from her Paralympic triumph.

The Council has invited Hannah to attend a civic celebration tomorrow evening (Thursday 13 September) in Halifax's historic Piece Hall. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share Hannah's delight at winning the 100m and 200m sprint events at the London 2012 Paralympics.

The fun at the Piece Hall will take place between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. Comedian, after dinner speaker and comedy writer, Pete Emmett will interview people who have played an important role in Hannah's life, including her former primary school Headteacher, her former sports teacher and her coaches.

An oompah band, led by one of Calderdale's Olympic torchbearers Frank Chislett, and the Halifax Young Singers will provide the entertainment before Hannah arrives with the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr John Hardy.

This is a non ticket event and everyone is welcome!

Calderdale Council's Mayor, Cllr John Hardy, says he hopes people from across the borough will take the opportunity to share in Hannah's triumph and show their support to a remarkable athlete.

“Well done to Hannah! Her triumph is one of which Calderdale can be really proud. She is an inspiration to us all, showing what can be achieved with Yorkshire grit and determination.

“I would urge people to come out, join in the celebrations and make it a night to remember for Hannah and the people of Calderdale.”









On Saturday 22nd September, Halifax Civic Trust hosted a meeting of Yorkshire & Humber Association of Civic Societies (YHACS) at the Mereside Centre in Shibden Park.

More than 40 societies were represented, and prizes were awarded for the best activities to mark Civic Day. Halifax Civic Trust received the third-prize certificate in recognition of the Young Speakers event held in conjunction with Halifax and Huddersfield Speakers Club in June of this year.

Committee member, David Hanson, spoke about Halifax Civic Trust celebrating its Golden Jubilee year, YHACS Chairman, Kevin Trickett, talked about ‘facadism’, the practice of maintaining a historic façade but spoiling the effect by unsympathetic building, and President Peter Cooper raised the issue of Local Listings as opposed to, or in conjunction with, English Heritage listings.

Guided tours of Halifax town centre were organised by local historians David Hanson and David Glover, and many visitors commented that they would like to make a second visit. Everyone agreed it was a most enjoyable day, the venue was excellent and the sun shone.








Halifax Civic Trust Secretary June Paxton-White
receiving the third prize award from YHACS president Peter Cooper.


Halifax Festival 9th - 17th July 2011
A treasure hunt for the whole family.

Once again we are pleased to support Halifax Festival by presenting our Town Trail Quiz for 2011.  Discover the hidden secrets in the architecture of Halifax. Follow the 15 questions around Halifax town centre and write your answers below each question.  Completed trails will be entered into a prize draw. Pick up a quiz sheet from Square Chapel, or download it here:


TALK by Dr John Hargreaves – Saturday 10 September

We are invited to an event hosted by the Halifax Organists’ Association at the Halifax Minster. The subject is “Susan Sunderland (1819-1905) the Calderdale Nightingale and Yorkshire Queen of Song”, an accolade attributed to Queen Victoria. She was a founder of the Huddersfield Choral Society and the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival, both of which have gained great renown over the years. An opportunity not to be missed. The meeting starts at 7-30.

Last year we hosted a visit to Halifax by about 70 members of Skipton Civic Society. A reciprocal visit has been arranged which will be guided by Sue Wrathmell the Chair of SCS who is a listed buildings consultant and very knowledgeable about current issues in Skipton. The arrangements have not yet been finalised so please ring June Paxton-White on 01422 834448 to express an interest so that we can keep you informed.


TALK by Dr Anne Brook – Monday 14 November
“Citizen Soldiers: Reflections on Boer and Great War Memorials”.

This event has been arranged to coincide with Remembrance Sunday and to follow up on concerns that have been expressed about a proposal to move the fine Boer War memorial at West View Park, which has been subjected to vandalism, to a site at Boothtown. The speaker is an expert on war memorials dating from the Boer War and the Great War. It will be held at 7 pm in Room A at the Town Hall and promises to be interesting.


And into the Festive Season - Saturday 10th December


Christmas Social and Lunch

12 for 12-30 at Long Can Hall, Ovenden Wood Road, recently reopened as a pub with refurbished function rooms and a large new car park. Local Historian Stuart Crowther will show us the building and tell us about its fascinating history.

Please register an interest with June Paxton-White on 01422 834448 or at june@paxtow.demon.co.uk  so that details of menus, prices and tickets can be sent to you in due course. We hope you will enjoy a meal with us in this historic setting.


Civic Day 2011

Saturday 25th July was the first annual national Civic Day, inaugurated so that communities can celebrate the places where they live. To mark the occasion, Halifax Civic Trust joined forces with Shibden Hall for a guided walk. Led by Deborah Comyn-Platt, the Shibden Estate Manager, the walk started at the gates of Halifax Minster, crossed Clark Bridge, and ascended Bank Bottom. The path then led up Old Bank, part of the original main route into Halifax from the east, known variously as the Wakefield Gate or “Magna Via”, an ancient right-of-way which, some years ago, Halifax Civic Trust was instrumental in having restored. Climbing the steep cobbled route, the group arrived at the top of Beacon Hill, and paused to enjoy the splendid panoramic views over Halifax. The more gentle descent followed the recently completed footpath to Shibden Hall, passing the fine battlemented chimney of the Walker Pit; erected for the coal mine opened by Anne Lister, named after Ann Walker, and mentioned in the recent BBC dramatisation of Anne Lister’s life. Finally, a detour through Cunnery Wood where Deborah pointed out two disused fishponds which are in the process of being restored, and also the remains of the original walled kitchen garden. From here the path led through the restored tunnel under Shibden Hall Road, and into the estate grounds near the hall, where most of the party stopped for lunch. Deborah was thanked by Dee Weaver and David Glover for a most enjoyable and informative walk.


Visit to Calderdale Archives

On Thursday 24th February 2011, members of Halifax Civic Trust and guests were shown around Calderdale Archives, by staff members Pat Sewell, Dan Sudron and John Patchett. Pat Sewell explained the origin and functions of the Archives, and the varied collections it contains. The prime Estate papers are those of the Listers of Shibden Hall and the Armytages of Kirklees Hall. Various documents, maps and books were placed on display. These ranged from a 12th century charter (the oldest item in the collection), a copy of Moore’s map and terrier of 1797, and Crossleys’ Guest Book, containing the signatures of King George V, the Princess Mary, and Margaret Thatcher. Old photos were also shown, and a volume from Anne Lister’s famous Diary. The visitors were treated to a tour of the actual archival store, located mostly below ground-level, under carefully-controlled atmospheric conditions, and protected by great security. The Archives staff were thanked by June Paxton-White, the H.C.T. secretary.


Somerset House

Halifax Civic Trust are proud to have been instrumental in the renaissance of the award-winning Somerset House, which for so long was a neglected gem in the centre of Halifax.

On Saturday, December 11th 2010 we were delighted to host a festive celebration in the splendid Grand Salon. Visitors were greeted with refreshments and welcomed by Keith Watson, Calderdale's newly elected Mayor. A capacity audience listened enthralled to an entertaining talk on “Hatching, Matching and Dispatching” by Chief Registrar John Jackson. Afterwards he was thanked by our Chairman Dr John Hargreaves, and then everyone took the opportunity to mingle and to inspect the Salon’s fine rococo plasterwork in close detail.

The Grand Salon was also graced by the surprise appearance of “Mr John Royd”, last seen being buried in the Parish Church (now Minster) in 1771. He built Somerset House in the second half of the eighteenth century, and his likeness can be seen in the guise of Neptune on the ceiling of the Grand Salon, although on this occasion he bore a striking resemblance to David Glover, Halifax Civic Trust’s Publicity Officer.


On November 15th 2010, Margaret Usher gave a lively talk to members of Halifax Civic Trust and others at Halifax Town Hall. Entitled “Stone in Calderdale,” this began with a brief account of how Halifax came to have a Town Hall in the first place. Records show that the use of millstone grit as a valuable paving and building material in this district goes back at least as far as the early 14th Century, though few could afford houses built of stone in that era. Quarrying stone was a hazardous business, and might involve digging huge holes in the ground, descending narrow shafts into lateral underground galleries, or delving into the sides of hills. Huggers were men who carried large slabs of stone on “saddles” on their backs, the weight of which was phenomenal. The speaker added to the interest of her talk by displaying relevant tools - including chisels, plugs and feathers. Relevant documents relating to 19th century quarrying and building in the Rastrick area were also shown. As we all know, stone is still quarried today in some parts of Calderdale. Margaret Usher was thanked by Dr John Hargreaves.


On November 15th 2010, Margaret Usher gave a lively talk to members of Halifax Civic Trust and others at Halifax Town Hall. Entitled “Stone in Calderdale,” this began with a brief account of how Halifax came to have a Town Hall in the first place. Records show that the use of millstone grit as a valuable paving and building material in this district goes back at least as far as the early 14th Century, though few could afford houses built of stone in that era. Quarrying stone was a hazardous business, and might involve digging huge holes in the ground, descending narrow shafts into lateral underground galleries, or delving into the sides of hills. Huggers were men who carried large slabs of stone on “saddles” on their backs, the weight of which was phenomenal. The speaker added to the interest of her talk by displaying relevant tools - including chisels, plugs and feathers. Relevant documents relating to 19th century quarrying and building in the Rastrick area were also shown. As we all know, stone is still quarried today in some parts of Calderdale. Margaret Usher was thanked by Dr John Hargreaves.


On Monday October 11th 2010, in the splendid surroundings of the Town Hall, Halifax Civic Trust hosted a fascinating talk by Nick Wilding on Ted Hughes and the Calderdale Landscape. When the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes was growing up in the Mytholmroyd area in the 1930s, he and his brother Gerald used to explore the nearby countryside. Mr Wilding used evocative film clips and interviews with Donald Crossley, Hughes’ childhood friend, to explain the location of many of their haunts. Through correspondence with Gerald (now living in Australia), Mr Crossley has established the location of many of these, including Sacred Place and The Ancient Briton’s Grave, which inspired notable poems. The Calder Valley landscape has changed drastically in the last seventy-five years, and society too, but in Hughes’ poetry, much of that which is gone, may be recalled. Mr Wilding was thanked by John Hargreaves.



Annual General Meeting 2016

The AGM will held a usual in Room D, Halifax Town Hall on Monday 9 May at 7.30 p.m. and the Annual Halifax Civic Trust Awards will be presented. There will be a civic reception hosted by the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr. Lisa Lambert, at 7.00 p.m. prior to the AGM and you are warmly invited to join us then.

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We are in the healthy position of already having three new nominees standing for election to the Committee, but further nominations are still welcome. For election at the AGM, nominations should be seconded by a member and should confirm the nominee's willingness to stand. Nominations should be sent to the Secretary, June Paxton-White, Hunter's Moon, Wakefield Road, Copley, HX3 0UA to reach her by 25 April. We should also be delighted to hear from anyone with an interest in helping with the scrutiny of planning applications, or in sharing the photography work to help complete the project (in collaboration with Calderdale Council) to record all the buildings in the Halifax Town Centre Conservation Area – do contact any Committee member.

Our speaker this year is Sam Mason, Chief Executive of the Piece Hall Trust. He will be talking about the major transformation scheme now nearing completion, and about how the Trust is setting about establishing the Piece Hall as a world class tourist venue.


Meet the Expert talks

Wednesday 20 April 5.30 for 6.00 p.m. Halifax Town Hall. Dr John Hargreaves, local historian and author will give a talk entitled "Halifax Piece Hall and Environs: A Historical Perspective" to give context for the transformation project. Alongside him Tony Ewings, Construction Manager for Stone Edge Ltd     and master stonemason will speak about the heritage and history of stonemasonry in relation to Halifax, the Piece Hall, the Square Church and the construction project.

Thursday 19 May 5.30 for 6.00 p.m. Halifax Central Library. Sam Mason of the Piece Hall Trust and his team will speak on the future of the Piece Hall, what it means for the town centre, for Halifax and for Calderdale - bringing the vision of the Piece Hall transformation to the public and breathing life back into the building for the next 237 years.    




Halifax Civic Trust Committee Meetings

Members of the public are most welcome to attend our committee meetings as observers, to find out about matters we discuss. Meetings are held in Halifax Town Hall at 7:00pm


        Thursday 4 August

       Thursday 1 September


Visit to Madni Mosque and People's Park Conservation Area

Wednesday August 17, 6.45pm/7.45pm Halifax Civic Trust's next event for members is an opportunity to see the splendidly rebuilt Madni Mosque, this year's winner of the Halifax Civic Trust Award. The mosque, in Gibbet Street, is in the heart of the People's Park Conservation Area, one of the town's historically most important districts, and we are combining our visit to the mosque with a look at some of the many components of the conservation area.






Halifax Civic Trust Christmas Lunch 2016

22 The Square, Northowram, Halifax, Tuesday 29th November 2016 (12.30pm for 1pm)

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Madni Mosque


The Madni Mosque opened in 1984 as the first and still only purpose-built mosque in Calderdale. A community centre was built next to the mosque in 1995 and further extensions were added in 2001. The mosque was also given some Islamic-style features, a new facade, dome and minarets. However the various buildings lacked unity and in 2008 the mosque committee set about producing a scheme that would "unify and integrate the existing mosque and community centre buildings from the then current nondescript and non-Islamic design into a state-of-the art development, unifying all the building envelopes and projecting an impressive facade to the main elevations. In short the plan was to turn three buildings into a single imposing one, with new and improved facilities and with Islamic-style architecture.

The mosque had to remain open during construction, so the existing main components of the building, including large prayer halls and the multi-function hall were retained. An extension to the mosque's main Gibbet Street facade turned the irregularly shaped complex into a rectangle which could be given a unified architectural treatment, derived from traditional Islam forms to an appropriate scale. The facades consist of a series of wide bays extending from ground to the top of a parapet, separated by plain, bold pilasters. The parapet, which runs right round the building, is decorated with tiny blind arches. A new minaret rises to 85 ft in three stages including a green-coloured, open-sided cupola, and the new dome replaces a smaller one from the earlier building and matches the cupola in colour. The new facades are in natural local stone with artificial stone for the arches, pilasters and other smooth ashlar dressings. Construction began in 2013 and was complete by 2015. The mosque, with room for 3,500 worshippers, is among the biggest in West Yorkshire.

People's Park Conservation Area

The People's Park Conservation area includes much of the legacy of the Crossley carpet-making family of Dean Clough, including People's Park itself, one of Britain's most important 19th-century urban parks, Sir Francis Crossley's Belle Vue mansion, the nearby Sir Francis Crossley's Almshouses in Margaret Street, his brother Joseph's almshouses in Arden Road, Lister Lane Cemetery, the former Park Congregational Church in Hopwood Lane, the former Park Road Swimming Baths, now the King's Church, semi-detached villas in Park Road and the Crossley's workers' village, West Hill Park, across Gibbet Street from the Madni Mosque.


Please meet at the King's Church (the former Park Road Baths) at the corner of King Cross Road and Park Road, next to People's Park, at 6.45pm on Wednesday August  17 2016. We will begin with a tour of the People's Park Conservation area led by HCT's Chairman, local historian Dr John Hargreaves. If there is time we will make a brief visit to Lister Lane Cemetery, where many local prominent people were buried, led by the Trust's David Glover, who is also Chairman of the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery. We will arrive at the Madni Mosque at 7.45pm, to be shown round the building by members of the mosque. We will probably be asked to remove footwear while in the building. Members can optionally meet us at the mosque at 7.45pm. Visitors are welcome to park their cars in the extensive mosque car park. Our visit should end at around 9pm.







Visit to Ponden Hall, Haworth, BD22 0HR

Sunday 25 September 12.00 midday, £12 per head

The main hall was built in 1634 by the land-owning Heatons, originally from Lancashire and the east end of the house dates from the 1500's. In 1680 the Peat Loft was built at the west end, and in 1801 was joined to the house in a huge modernisation, which also saw the library created and a grand new entrance built. There are many connections with the Brontes  - see www.ponden-hall.co.uk - and it is thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.



The Hall is owned by Steve Brown and Julie Akhurst and they have lived there since getting married in 1998. The tour will last around 45 minutes and then we shall be having a cream tea (homemade scones with whipped cream and strawberry jam, a plate of cucumber, smoked salmon and probably other sandwiches, with a range of cakes). It is a seriously large meal, so we advise just a modest breakfast and then treating the tea as an alternative lunch!


There is very limited parking at the Hall so we suggest parking where the road widens near the reservoir. That leaves approx. 250 yds to walk past Ponden Guest House and up the hill to the Hall. If anyone needs to be delivered to the door, that is of course perfectly possible, just park down the hill afterwards. The Hall can take preferably 16, maximum 18, visitors and bookings are open on a first come first served basis. Please print out and complete the booking form and send it with your cheque to the address given on the form.

Booking form

Meet at Ponden Hall at 12.00 midday. If you arrive early you can explore the garden.


From Haworth go west along West Lane, then go through Stanbury along Hob Lane. When you reach Ponden Mill take the left fork into Ponden Lane, which has an uneven surface. The section of road wide enough for parking is about 250 yds. beyond the reservoir main wall, as the road bends right.


Diary dates

Friday 9 September Halifax Town Hall 6.30 p.m. As part of the Halifax Heritage Festival (HHF) David Glover will be giving a talk entitled "Barry's Masterpiece? The making of the Town Hall"

Sunday 11 September 2.00 p.m. The Mayor of Calderdale will be unveiling an HCT plaque at Halifax Playhouse, King Cross St., in memory of the writer Phyllis Bentley. David Russell, Professor of Cultural History, University of Central Lancashire will also be speaking. We hope members will want to support this HCT event, which is also part of the HHF.

Thursday 15 September. The 5th Annual J H Whitley Lecture, entitled "The future of the trade unions", is to be given by the distinguished public servant Sir Alistair Graham. Very appropriately, it will mark the centenary of J H Whitley's recommendation of the establishment of joint industrial councils. Sir Alistair worked for the Civil & Public Services Union (CPSA) 1966-86 as Assistant Secretary, Assistant General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary. He was then Chief Executive of the Industrial Society (now the Work Foundation) 1986-91, Chief Executive of Calderdale and Kirklees Enterprise Council 1991-96 and Chief Executive of Leeds Training and Enterprise Council 1996-2000. He was Chairman of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland 1997-2000 for which he was knighted, then Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority 2000-04 and Chairman of the Committee on Standards In Public Life 2004-07.

Refreshments will be provided from 5.00 p.m. probably in Heritage Quay (check nearer the time with the University - events@hud.ac.uk or Sybilla Daley on 01484-471568). The Lecture is free and will be at 5.45 -7.00 p.m. in the George Buckley Lecture Theatre, University of Huddersfield.

Friday & Saturday 21 & 22 October. Civic Voice Annual Convention at Chester Racecourse, the oldest racecourse still in use in England. There will be a programme of walks, talks and workshops. Civic Voice is also seeking new trustees and will be reviewing its activities. Book via Eventbrite for £43.39 per head (including booking fee) at:-


More information about Civic Voice can be found at:  www.civicvoice.org.uk

Saturday 29 October. The next meeting of Yorkshire & Humberside Association of Civic Societies (YHACS) Lowther Hotel, Goole. These meetings are interesting and well organised. Goole is a planned town built by the Aire and Calder Navigation Co. almost 200 years ago. Attendance is free, with delegates covering their own accommodation and there is normally a pleasant dinner on the evening before. More information about YHACS can be found at:


HCT Christmas Lunch TBA

Saturday 28 January 2017. YHACS AGM Harrogate.



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