Wednesday 8 July 2015


Halifax is situated near Bradford, Huddersfield and Rochdale in the South Pennines. Early records show that the town was called Halyfax which means "coarse grass in the nook of the land". There is no record of Halifax in the Domesday Book so it is difficult to determine how long this area has been inhabited. 

Halifax expanded as a centre for woolen manufacture form the 15th centry. The Piece Hall in the town is where this trade originated. Halifax is famous for the Building Society or Bank which takes its name and for Mackintosh chocolate and toffee which is now under the Nestle Brand. Halifax was home to one of the world's largest textile factories and although now converted for use as offices and retail outlets this 1/2 mile long building is still in use.

Textiles, cotton, wool and carpet industries and weaving mills generated wealth for the town during the 19th century. After the closure of the mills and the loss of its important industries Halifax went through a period of decline. In more recent times the town has benefitted from European funding and is once again begining to show promise as an affluent town in the region.

Halifax is home to Eureka - The National Children's Museum. With its independent and branded shops and restaurants and cafes there is plenty to see and do around Halifax. A visit to the magnificent Harveys of Halifax department store is recommended.

For photos of Halifax click here

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