English Tourism Week Day Four: 5 Calderdale Architectural Delights!
The Piece Hall is a unique, Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece in the form of a huge rectangular structure, with formidable blank external walls opening to an extensive interior courtyard, with elegant colonnaded galleries on three levels (three levels on the eastern side which, due to the slope of the ground taper away to two levels towards the west). Each gallery has its own architectural style - the bottom gallery is known as the 'Arcade,' the one above is the 'Rustic' and the top one is the 'Colonnade.'
The Piece Hall reopened to the public in August 2017 after a multi-million pound transformation project and is now home to a mix of independent shops, bars, galleries and restaurants while the huge open air courtyard plays host to a year-round events programme of music, dance, film and spectacle.
Steeped in history, this 15th Century Grade I listed Parish Church in the heart of Halifax has many magnificent features, including castle-like battlements, unusual crocketed finials, painted ceiling panels, human and animal gargoyles, stained glass and one of the finest font covers in England. Look out for the mice carved into the Thompson chairs in the Wellington Chapel! You can also enjoy regular organ recitals, performances and other events throughout the year.
A striking Grade I listed building that straddles the Walsden Water and was situated in both Lancashire and Yorkshire until the county boundary was moved in 1888. A regular series of 'Taster' and 'Total' Tours take place throughout the year, helping to explore this beautiful building.
Designed by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, this Grade ll* listed building has a magnificent 180ft tower and spire which is enriched with sculpture. Free guided tours of Halifax Town Hall can be arranged to help you learn more about its fascinating history.
Shibden Hall, Halifax
Shibden Hall is a distinctive timber-framed structure with an open hall in the centre, cross-wings and a stone tower at the west end of the house. Furnished in the styles of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Shibden Hall has been adapted and extended throughout the centuries by its residents, including Anne 'Gentlleman Jack' Lister, the noted diarist, explorer, lesbian and entrepreneur, who lived at the Hall in the early 19th century.
Shibden Hall is open to the public as a museum, set in 32 hectares of award-winning informal park and woodland. An important 17th century aisled barn houses a folk museum, with a collection of horse-drawn vehicles, while in the outhouses is a collection of 19th century craft tools relating to rural industries and examples of traditional trades and crafts. Shibden Estate also hosts live entertainment, music, walks, guided tours, storytelling and craft events throughout the year.