DetailsThe first Norman church at Halifax is considered to be from about 1120 but there may have been a Saxon church before that. The monks of the Cluniac Priory of Lewes in Sussex were given the Halifax portion of the Manor of Wakefield by the second Earl of Warrenne between 1106 and 1121.
This Norman church was much smaller than the present church and was situated to the north of today's building. In fact, part of the interior of the north wall today was the exterior of the south wall of that earlier church. You can still see some of the distinctive Norman chevrons carved into the stones in that wall and in other parts of the church where the stone was re-used by the later masons.
As the town prospered with the wealth of the wool trade the present church was built with the help of a bequest by Vicar John King. Vicar Thomas Wilkinson saw to this building work which started around 1438. The architecture and features of the church are a magnet for the history detective and many theories have been put forward as to the order in which the various parts of the church were built.
When Vicar Wilkinson died in 1480 the church building was much the same as it is today, apart from the two side chapels. The Rokeby Chapel and The Holdsworth Chapel were built in the sixteenth century after vicars of those names.
The Organ was built in 1766 by famous organ builder, John Snetzler. Many of the pipes are incorporated into the present organ which was built in 1928 by Harrison & Harrison of Durham and London. The organ is one of the finest in any parish church in England. Recitals are held regularly (Thursdays 12.30pm) by a variety of accomplished organists. Please see website for details.
Most of the glass in the church is Victorian with a few notable exceptions. The Commonwealth windows from the time of Oliver Cromwell are beautiful plain glass windows set in an attractive pattern. The oldest glass is set in the small windows at the west end of the south wall. This glass is medieval but does not form any picture, only a colourful pattern.
By Road: Follow signposts for Halifax from M62 J24 (Ainley Top) along the A629 Huddersfield Road. Continue towards the town centre passing the hospital on the left hand side. At the traffic lights immediately after Spring Hall Registry Office on the right hand side, turn right following the brown tourism signs for Eureka. Continue straight on over two mini roundabouts, and pass the train station on your right hand side before turning right onto Church Street. The Minster is on your left. From M62 J26 (Chain Bar) follow the A58 through Hipperholme. After passing the entrance to Shibden Park the road drops down a steep hill towards the town centre. Turn immediately left (do not go onto the flyover) and left again onto Charlestown Road towards Sainsbury’s supermarket. Continue past Pizza Hut and Next. The road curls round to the right, at which point the Minster Church is directly opposite you at the junction with Lower Kirkgate/Cripplegate.
Parking: is available on street or in several local authority car parks in the streets surrounding the church.
By Train & Bus: The Minster is a short walk from both Halifax Train Station and Halifax Bus Station. From the train station on foot exit the station yard, turning right. Follow the footpath immediately to the right towards the Ring O Bells pub – the Minster is directly behind the pub. From the bus station on foot, turn left down Wade Street then right onto Winding Road/ Smithy Street. Turn left onto Causeway after 100 metres – the Minster’s west end is immediately in front of you through the stone arch.
The church has toilet facilities, including a toilet with disabled access; there is wheelchair access to the majority of the building.
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Short Description Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a place of worship, prayer, of civic engagement, education and culture; with a year-round programme of events for you to enjoy. The church of St John the Baptist Halifax was given its Minster status in 2009 in recognition of its important role in the civic life of the town and borough. Visit Halifax Minster to enjoy a tour of the beautiful and historic interior of the building, the beautiful stained glass and painted wooden ceiling panels. Look out for the mice carved into the Thompson chairs in the Wellington Chapel! Children can enjoy Halifax Minster too. When you arrive with the kids you have free use of a backpack containing a short guide around the Minster, an eye-spy guide to the 16 stained-glass windows, paper, pencils and crayons to make drawings of all the interesting things you'll find and a torch to help you find them! Enjoy regular organ recitals, performances by the Minster Choir, our Summer festival in June & July and other events throughout the year. Entrance to Halifax Minster is FREE, with donations welcome to help us maintain and preserve this beautiful building for future generations to enjoy. Accessability Override Halifax Minster has a toilet with disabled access. There is wheelchair access to the majority of the building. Type Culture & Heritage, Cycling Friendly, Family, Historic Sites & Trails, Pet Friendly, Walking Friendly Location Halifax Address Causeway, Halifax , West Yorkshire, HX1 1QL Phone Number 01422 355436 Web Address www.halifaxminster.org.uk Recharge Point No
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CausewayHalifax West Yorkshire HX1 1QL
Halifax Minster has a toilet with disabled access. There is wheelchair access to the majority of the building.
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