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  1. 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
  2. Lightcliffe Tower, Old St Matthews Church - Resting Place of Ann Walker

    Halifax

    Lightcliffe Tower, Old St Matthews Church - Resting Place of Ann Walker

    Ann Walker’s grandfather, William, largely funded the Georgian Lightcliffe Old St Matthew Church, which was erected in 1775 and replaced a...

    Ann Walker’s grandfather, William, largely funded the Georgian Lightcliffe Old St Matthew Church, which was erected in 1775 and replaced an earlier, Tudor foundation.

    William also built Cliffe Hill just a short walk away, where Ann Walker lived. Ann and her family worshipped at St Matthew’s Church and had family pews.

    After becoming the companion and wife of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, the couple had a green velvet-lined pew installed at St Matthew’s so they could worship together there.

    Ann died in February 1854 and was buried in the church, according to her memorial plaque “under the pulpit”. The exact location of this pulpit is the subject of debate, as the church was replaced in 1880 with the current church building.

    The old St Matthew’s church was used as a mortuary chapel, but it fell into decay after suffering serious damage from a storm in the 1960’s. Vandalism and theft followed and the church was demolished in the early 1970s.

    Fortunately the ‘Friends of Friendless Churches’ rescued the memorials from the walls of the church and they are now stored in Lightcliffe Tower, the only remaining part of the old St Matthew Church.

    A memorial stone has been placed on the spot where it is thought that Ann lies and the brass memorial plaque to her now hangs high inside the tower. The plaque is hard to decipher but reads:

    In memory of Ann Walker of Cliffe Hill who was born May 20th 1803 and died February 25th 1854

    and is buried underneath the pulpit in this church.

    And of her niece, Mary who died June 6th 1845 and is buried in this churchyard.

    And of her nephews George Sackville (Sutherland) who died in 1843 aged 12,

    John Walker who died in 1836 aged 1 year and are buried in Kirkmichael, Rosshire,

    the children of George MacKay and Elizabeth Sutherland

    Sadly there are no known images of Ann Walker. Most of what we know about her comes from Anne Lister's diaires and letters. Ann Walker is portrayed by Sophie Rundle in the BBC ONE/ HBO drma Gentleman Jack.

    You will find Lightcliffe Tower along Wakefield Road, in Lightcliffe, Halifax. The tower is located on your left (as you are driving out of Halifax) just before Till Carr Lane, opposite the Sun Country Inn, HX3 8TH.

  3. Halifax Heritage Festival 2020

    Halifax

    Halifax Heritage Festival 2020

    Starting 11th Sep 2020
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    The Halifax Heritage Festival 2020 is taking place Friday 11th to Sunday 20th September.

    The Halifax Heritage Festival 2020 is taking place Friday 11th to Sunday 20th September.

    Despite the uncertainty brought by COVID 19, changes have been made to the Festival to ensure that you can still enjoy some of the fantastic buildings and sights of Halifax whilst keeping safe.

    Co-ordinated by Halifax Business Improvement District (B.I.D) approx 20 heritage sites are hosting events and activities during the festival.

    You can enjoy visiting alderdale Industrial Museum; bus and walking tours of Halifax, tours of Halifax Minster and its churchyard, an organ recital and more!

    To see a full list of the different events taking place as part of this year's Festival, click here or on the link under 'Want More Information?' below.

    Please make sure you follow all required social distancing and other guidance relating to COVID-19 whilst you visit Calderdale. https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus

  4. Anne Lister 180 Celebrations

    Halifax

    Anne Lister 180 Celebrations

    Starting 19th Sep 2020
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    Tuesday September 22nd 2020 marks 180 years since the death of Anne ‘Gentleman Jack’ Lister of Shib...

    Tuesday September 22nd 2020 marks 180 years since the death of Anne ‘Gentleman Jack’ Lister of Shibden Hall.

    A series of events are planned to celebrate Anne’s incredible legacy, including talks, webinar, a behind the scenes look at the conservation of Anne’s diaries, a memorial service and more!

    Discover the full details here.

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