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21 Nov 2023 - 21 Nov 2023

Halifax Antiquarian Society Lecture – Journeys of the Soul: Corpseways in the Upper Calder Valley

Price: £Free – 3

Event description


The requirement for parishioners’ bodies to be laid to rest in the consecrated ground of their mother church meant long and sometimes arduous earthly journeys before the deceased could be properly released into their afterlife destination, especially in parishes with large rural hinterlands, like Halifax and its first chapel of ease, Heptonstall. Certain routes became established and such corpseways were hedged round with custom and lore. Is it possible to retrace some of these routes in the upper Calder valley? John Billingsley had a go during the lockdowns, and in this talk gives a background to the topic and some local routes.

Meetings are held in the Halifax Room, Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, Halifax HX1 1Q



Non-member attendees are welcome, they are asked to contribute a donation of £3.00 per lecture.

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Accessibility Information;

  • Access is to the side of the Museum via our newly-installed ramp and stairs.
  • Internally there are stairs and a lift to all floors.
  • Disabled Parking is available by prior request.


Event details

  • This event is at Calderdale Industrial Museum
  • Tickets are £Free – 3
  • This event runs from 21 Nov 2023 - 21 Nov 2023.
  • www.halifaxhistory.org.uk/