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  1. The Piece Hall Photo by Paul White Photography

    Halifax

    The Piece Hall

    The Piece Hall is unique. A Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain.

    Following a multi-millio...

    The Piece Hall is unique. A Grade I listed Georgian masterpiece and the oldest remaining cloth hall in Britain.

    Following a multi-million pound transformation project, Britain's magnificent and last surviving cloth hall is ready to welcome visitors again.

    The Grade I listed structure has stood at the heart of Halifax since 1779 and has now re-opened as a world class cultural, heritage and leisure destination.

    The huge open-air courtyard is surrounded by a mix of independent bars, restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops. The stories of Georgian Halifax are told in the specially created exhibition spaces, while the central courtyard plays host to a year-round events programme of music, dance, film and spectacle for up to 7,500 people at a time.

    Click here to watch a short video about the reopening of The Piece Hall

  2. Water Street Gallery, Todmorden

    Todmorden

    Water Street Gallery

    Water Street Gallery is a vibrant and inspiring gallery for contemporary art, showcasing and selling original art from leading artists and committe...
    Water Street Gallery is a vibrant and inspiring gallery for contemporary art, showcasing and selling original art from leading artists and committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming talents.
  3. Dies used By the Cragg Vale Coiners

    Mytholmroyd

    The Cragg Vale Coiners

    The apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’. This gang's a...
    The apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’. This gang's activities were said to be so damaging that they threatened to wreck Britain's currency. David Hartley learnt his trade as an ironworker in Birmingham, before getting into trouble and moving back to Mytholmroyd to escape the authorities. Once returned to his home at Bell House farmhouse (which is now a bed & breakfast accommodation with educational facilities) David used ironworking as a cover to clip or file the edges from gold coins, milling the edges back so the change was all but unnoticeable, and making counterfeit coins from the shavings whilst returning the clipped coins into circulation. David’s activities soon spread to other farms, with families at nearby Hill Top Farm and Keelham Farm soon becoming involved; forming the beginnings of the gang of Cragg Vale Coiners. Local publicans also helped by placing the counterfeit coins into circulation. David Hartley seems to have been an enigmatic leader, becoming known as 'King David' Hartley and the gang’s numbers grew considerably until well over 30 individuals were involved. Rumours of the gang's activities reached the authorities, who sent an excise man named William Deighton to investigate. One of the coiners turned King’s Evidence and betrayed the gang, leading to Hartley's arrest at an Inn in Halifax on 14th October 1769. Hartley's brother Isaac offered £100 to anybody who would kill Deighton. It is alleged that the plotters planned Deighton's murder at an Inn in Mytholmroyd called Barbary's, which is now gone, but was located on the opposite side of the road to the present day Dusty Miller. On November 10th 1769 at Bull Close Lane near Halifax, Deighton was approached by two men, Matthew Normanton and Robert Thomas. Deighton was shot dead, his body also showing signs of having been stamped on. Just days later, the Government offered a reward of £100 for information leading to the arrest of the murderers and a pardon for anybody, bar the killers, who would turn King's Evidence. Over 30 people were subsequently arrested, including 'King David' Hartley, who was sentenced to death on April 6th 1770 and hanged at Tynburn, near York, on April 28th. His body is buried in the graveyard of the village of Heptonstall, above Hebden Bridge. Robert Thomas was acquitted of Deighton's murder, but was later hanged in 1774 for being a highwayman. Matthew Normanton initially fled the authorities, but was later caught and hanged in 1775. Isaac Hartley was never brought to trial due to a lack of evidence and died in 1815, aged 78. Heptonstall Museum has on display some of the original dies used by the Coiners to stamp their gold discs into coins, as well as panels telling more of their story.
  4. Halifax Central Library & Archive

    Halifax

    Halifax Central Library & Archive

    Located on the Square Church site next to the Piece Hall, the new Halifax Central Library & Archive blends with the remains of the church into an i...
    Located on the Square Church site next to the Piece Hall, the new Halifax Central Library & Archive blends with the remains of the church into an iconic external design and striking internal layout. Steps lead up to the Library and to the new fourth gateway of the Piece Hall and access is also be available via a lift, taking people from Square Road to the Library and Archive entrance. The building has an internal lift to all floors. As well as the Piece Hall, the new Library and Archive will also have Square Chapel and the Industrial Museum as neighbours – all combining to create a highly interesting and welcoming destination for residents and visitors. Central Library and Archives services are available six days a week: Monday 9.30am to 6.30pm Tuesday 9.30am to 6.30pm Wednesday 9.30am to 12.30pm Thursday 9.30am to 6.30pm Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm Saturday 9.30am to 4.00pm Sunday CLOSED
  5. Father to Gentleman Jack

    Halifax

    Father to Gentleman Jack

    1st Apr 2019

    2:15pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) Captain Jeremy Lister was a career soldier, who ...
    2:15pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) Captain Jeremy Lister was a career soldier, who did not marry until he was 36. A younger son of Shibden Hall, he fought in the American Revolutionary War, and was to father one of the most remarkable women of the 19th Century, Anne Lister. David Glover details his long life, from 1752 to 1836, including his complex relationship with his daughters.
  6. Illustrated Historical Talks at Square Chapel by David Glover:

    Halifax

    Some Gay Kings, Queens & Princes: Illustrated Historical Talk

    24th Feb 2020

    7.30pm

    Celebrating LGBT History Month 'Some Gay Kings, Queens & Princes' - an entertaining Historical Talk by local historian David ...

    7.30pm

    Celebrating LGBT History Month 'Some Gay Kings, Queens & Princes' - an entertaining Historical Talk by local historian David Glover.

    Includes tales of Edward the Second, Queen Christina, Queen Anne, Ludwig of Bavaria, a cross-dressing Archduke, an Uncle of our present Queen and an Uncle of Prince Philip!

    Tickets: £6 (£5 concessions) Book your tickets via the Square Chapel Box Office 01422 349422 or Website

  7. Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club

    Halifax

    Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club

    Starting 28th Feb 2020
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    8.30pm in The Green Room Bar Laugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club. Held in our laid-back and intimate...
    8.30pm in The Green Room Bar Laugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club. Held in our laid-back and intimate Green Room Bar, Dick and Liddy's is a rare opportunity to get seriously close to serious talent. Let the fun begin! Seating is not guaranteed, so please arrive early to be assured of a seat. Tickets £11.75
  8. The Curious Tale of Eliza Raine

    Halifax

    The Curious Tale of Eliza Raine

    3rd Apr 2020

    Square Chapel, Copper Auditorium, doors 12, start 12.15pm to 1:30 pm Tickets: £10.50 Anne Lister followed a long and winding trail of women, ...
    Square Chapel, Copper Auditorium, doors 12, start 12.15pm to 1:30 pm Tickets: £10.50 Anne Lister followed a long and winding trail of women, before finding Ann Walker and taking the Sacrament at Holy Trinity / Goodramgate. But the first of those was Eliza Raine. Their relationship went far beyond the dormered room the two young women shared at the Manor School in York, and finally ended at the same asylum Ann Walker was forced to enter. Join author Patricia Hughes at the Copper Auditorium at Square Chapel as she discusses this very important chapter in Anne’s storied past, as described in her book, “The Early Life of Miss Anne Lister and the Curious Tale of Miss Eliza Raine”. About the Author: Patricia Hughes worked with Dorothy Thompson at Birmingham University's Department of Modern History in the UK to decode and translate the coded passages of Anne Lister's vast, detailed journal.
  9. Young Anne Lister - The Early Years of Gentleman Jack 1791 to 1811

    Halifax

    Young Anne Lister - The Early Years of Gentleman Jack 1791 to 1811

    5th Apr 2020

    7.30pm In the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, the mistress of Shibden Hall has been brought realistically to life, covering the years from 1832, ...
    7.30pm In the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, the mistress of Shibden Hall has been brought realistically to life, covering the years from 1832, when Anne already was in her 40s. But what were her youthful days like? Who were her friends, who was her Anglo-Indian girlfriend, and how did she cope with a drunken mother? In detail, David tells the little-known story of Anne’s parents, her youth in the East Riding, and her expulsion from The Manor School.
  10. Celebrating Physicality Workshop

    Halifax

    Celebrating Physicality Workshop

    6th Apr 2020

    5pm to 6pm The Cornerstone Room at Square Chapel Inspired by Anne Lister's unique physical mannerisms, including her powerful gait and confi...
    5pm to 6pm The Cornerstone Room at Square Chapel Inspired by Anne Lister's unique physical mannerisms, including her powerful gait and confident stance, join us to get moving and own your physicality! A fun and informal movement workshop that focuses on building confidence, moving with freedom, and celebrating individuality. No experience needed, open to all. Please wear clothing you can move comfortably in.
  11. Wife to Gentleman Jack?

    Halifax

    Wife to Gentleman Jack?

    6th Apr 2020

    7:30pm at Copper Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) We know her as a mature women through Gentleman J...
    7:30pm at Copper Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) We know her as a mature women through Gentleman Jack. David now tells the story of Ann’s family, the Walkers of Crow Nest, highlighting her youth. What was the unusual destiny of Ann’s only brother? Did she suffer mentally before she met the mistress of Shibden Hall? The Walker story up to the early 1830s.
  12. Ann Walker's In Laws

    Halifax

    Ann Walker's In Laws

    8th Apr 2020

    Wed 08 Apr, 2:15pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) In 1828, well-to-do Elizabeth Walk...
    Wed 08 Apr, 2:15pm at Red Brick Auditorium Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee) In 1828, well-to-do Elizabeth Walker of Crow Nest married a penniless Scots soldier much against the wishes of her family. The marriage proved happy, and Elizabeth inherited more money later. David reveals the extraordinary tale of the Sutherland family, which eventually destroyed itself through ill judgment and greed.
  13. Gentleman Jack: The Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840

    Halifax

    Gentleman Jack: The Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840

    8th Apr 2020

    7:30pm: David Glover: Gentleman Jack, the Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840 Earlier last year, the tale of a woman from Halifax appeared on TV scree...
    7:30pm: David Glover: Gentleman Jack, the Life of Anne Lister 1791-1840 Earlier last year, the tale of a woman from Halifax appeared on TV screens in Gentleman Jack, an eight-part series. But this only covered two years; what was the rest of her life like? Local historian David Glover looks at the basic facts, including the effigy burning. Tickets: £6-£5 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee)
  14. Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Halifax

    Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Starting 13th Apr 2020
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    Climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase to take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate 77 metre (253 foot) high Victorian ...
    Climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase to take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate 77 metre (253 foot) high Victorian chimney! Opening Times: Wainhouse Tower is open from 10am, with the last ascent at 3.30pm and closing at 4pm, on the following dates in 2020: Easter Monday April 13th May Day Friday May 8th Spring Bank Monday May 25th August Bank Monday August 31st Adult £3.50 Children £2.50 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £10 Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £3 Child Passport to Leisure (PPL) £2
  15. Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band

    Halifax

    Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band

    25th Apr 2020

    7.30pm

    The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. 

    Their high-energy, virtu...

    7.30pm

    The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. 

    Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’

    Beginning life as a trio - with former Steeleye Span fiddle player Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray. 

    Tickets: £21 (Ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee)

    Book your tickets via the Square Chapel Box Office 01422 349422 or Website

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