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  1. 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.

  2. Thai Style

    Halifax

    Thai Style

    Having been established in Halifax for over 10 years and moving to a new location, Thai Style has many loyal customers and followers. As a family b...
    Having been established in Halifax for over 10 years and moving to a new location, Thai Style has many loyal customers and followers. As a family business, Thai Style gives all customers a warm and friendly welcome. The main pride that runs within the restaurant is the authenticity of the food. Fresh herbs and Thai spices are at the core of every dish, giving them a truly unique taste and a full-on Thai dining experience.
  3. Pride & Provenance, Halifax, Calderdale

    Halifax

    Pride & Provenance

    Pride & Provenance is a new café wine bar located in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Situated within period surroundings close to the Piece Hall and with ...
    Pride & Provenance is a new café wine bar located in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Situated within period surroundings close to the Piece Hall and with a stunning design, it serves tea & coffees, wine, cured meats & salamis, bread & oil, cheeses, sandwiches, sides and salads.
  4. Bankfield Museum, Halifax

    Halifax

    Bankfield Museum

    Please note that Bankfield Museum will be closing to the public from 20th March until further notice.

    Please note that Bankfield Museum will be closing to the public from 20th March until further notice.

    A Museum since 1887, Bankfield tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections.

    Set in the attractive surroundings of Akroyd Park, at the centre of Akroydon model village conservation area, this Victorian mansion was the home of local mill owner, philanthropist and MP, Colonel Edward Akroyd.

    We are a short distance from the centre of Halifax, with free parking and close to public transport links. Bankfield’s exhibitions cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world.

    Our collections contain objects from Ancient Egypt through to the 21st Century as we continue to collect and preserve items for future generations.

  5. Ricci's Place

    Halifax

    Ricci's Place

    Ricci’s Place food is modern European with Asian accents, catering to all tastes and budgets. Our innovative chefs stay hot on the latest food t...
    Ricci’s Place food is modern European with Asian accents, catering to all tastes and budgets. Our innovative chefs stay hot on the latest food trends- many of which you only see in London. With so much choice – including fresh seafood and pasta that we make on site, along with juicy steaks and our famous antipasto boards – you may find it hard to save room for our delicious homemade desserts!
  6. Halifax Sailing Club

    Halifax

    Halifax Sailing Club

    Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flats) in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. We welcome dinghy sailors, windsurf...
    Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flats) in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. We welcome dinghy sailors, windsurfers and have arrangements for other organisations to use our facilities.
  7. 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
  8. Julio's Italian Restaurant

    Halifax

    Julio's Italian Restaurant

    Welcome to Julio's Italian Restaurant. Serving contemporary Italian cuisine in the heart of historic Halifax. We welcome couples, families, and la...
    Welcome to Julio's Italian Restaurant. Serving contemporary Italian cuisine in the heart of historic Halifax. We welcome couples, families, and large groups. If you would like a special meal for two, or a birthday celebration in a fantastic atmosphere with excellent food and service, then look no further and book with us today. Julio's Italian Restaurant was established in 2006 by Julio Sulmina. Over the years we have gained a reputation for consistently serving excellent food with a friendly service in a relaxed, contemporary setting. We are located in a quieter part of the town centre, next to the White Swan Hotel.
  9. The Deli

    Halifax

    The Deli

    Artisan food, locally roasted coffee and brewed beer and selected wines
    Artisan food, locally roasted coffee and brewed beer and selected wines
  10. The Shepherd's Rest Inn

    Todmorden

    The Shepherd's Rest Inn

    A traditional country pub set high on the South Pennine Moors overlooking Todmorden, with plenty of fantastic home-cooked food in a friendly relaxe...
    A traditional country pub set high on the South Pennine Moors overlooking Todmorden, with plenty of fantastic home-cooked food in a friendly relaxed atmosphere and a great selection of cask ales, lagers, ciders or wines. Families are welcomed into the Gallery restaurant, with the children’s play area just outside the door. Anyone with dogs, or who just wants a few pints after work are wlecomed into the cosy bar area with roaring fires in winter, there is adequate space in here to eat too. And the child free Langfields is perfect for an evening with friends or an intimate dinner. The Stoodley Pike Monument, which can be seen on the hill opposite, was built to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo but fell down in 1854. The present Pike dates from 1856. If you go exploring take a torch to help climb the dark staircase on to the balcony. We are located approximately 400 metres off the route of The Calderdale Way along Lumbutts Road, so are ideally placed for you to stop, refresh and recharge with some great home-cooked food.
  11. Another World Adventure Centre, Ogden, Halifax

    Halifax

    Another World Adventure Centre

    Welcome to Another World Adventure Center, activity and adventure in the West Yorkshire area. Our activities include, mountain boarding, skiing and...
    Welcome to Another World Adventure Center, activity and adventure in the West Yorkshire area. Our activities include, mountain boarding, skiing and snowboarding in the winter months (weather permitting), archery and crossbows, rifle and pistol shooting, target slingshot and slingshot paintball, zorbing, bumper balls, survival and bushcraft courses, den building and bushcraft for the younger ones, go-kart building / racing and team building activities.
  12. Todmorden Town Hall

    Todmorden

    Todmorden Town Hall

    Todmorden Town Hall in Todmorden straddles the Walsden Water and it was situated in both Lancashire and Yorkshire until the county boundary was ...

    Todmorden Town Hall in Todmorden straddles the Walsden Water and it was situated in both Lancashire and Yorkshire until the county boundary was moved on 1 January 1888. Designed by John Gibson of Westminster, this Grade 1 listed building holds a strong place in the hearts of local people.

    Most iconic, from the outside, is the pediment. The carved stonework has two central female figures on a pedestal. The left hand one represents Lancashire (cotton spinning industry) and the right hand one Yorkshire (engineering and agriculture). Below the two figures are different friezes of the industries coming together to prosper on the border.

    Inside the building there is an old Magistrate’s Court which now serves as Todmorden Town Council Chamber. The ballroom upstairs spans the length of the building and holds many memories for those who have attended the many varied events in the Town Hall for over 140 years.

    Todmorden Town Hall is the People’s Palace. It was gifted to the people of Todmorden by the Fielden family on 6 August 1891. Please do get in touch to share your memories, explore and to ask questions.

    All rooms at Todmorden Town Hall are licensed for civil ceremonies. All enquiries welcome and individual needs can be discussed and you are welcome on a pre-visit to see the magnificent hall so you can decide if it is the right place for you. There is no obligation to hire Todmorden Town Hall - we're happy for you to come and look around. Get in touch to confirm what date you'd like to look around, or to arrange a day.

    The building has many stories to tell and is home to a Heritage Centre. Guided ‘Tea and Tours’ are available for groups with fully trained volunteer tour guides. Tours cost £4.50 per person, with a minimum group charge of £45.00. All tours include tea, coffee and biscuits.

    Free ‘Taster Tours’ are available for individuals and couples on the first Sunday of the month (except January) and start at 2pm opposite the iconic pediment. There is no need to book a tour: you can just turn up. Please note that these tours last just one hour and are less comprehensive than the ‘Tea and Tours’.

    For individuals and couples who would like to enjoy a more thorough tour there are also ‘Behind the Scenes Tours’ of Todmorden Town Hall available. These include access to the secret spaces of Todmorden Town Hall, including Caretaker’s Flat, bathroom in the attic and cellar. ‘Behind the Scenes Tours’ are charged at £6.50 per person and include tea, coffee and biscuits. To book your place on a ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ please click here. :

     If you would like to become a volunteer at Todmorden Town Hall or to book a tour please contact Todmorden Information Centre.

    Todmorden Town Hall sits in the centre of Todmorden and all day parking is available in Bramsche Square, Todmorden, OL14 5AG. Parking charges are in force from 8am to 6pm .

    Todmorden Town Hall is wheelchair accessible throughout. There are accessible toilets and a lift to the ballroom.

    Thank you to GillGraphics for the virtual tours and Andy Wade Photography for the images.

     

  13. Hali-Facts Trail front page

    Halifax

    Hali-Facts Heritage Discovery Trail

    This Heritage Discovery Trail has been designed for children and families, but will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It will take you on a walking...
    This Heritage Discovery Trail has been designed for children and families, but will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It will take you on a walking tour around Halifax town centre, asking you to use your detective skills of observation, thinking, note-taking and sketching as you go. You can complete the Discovery Trail in a way that suits you. It can be done in ‘bite-size’ chunks over several visits or if you are feeling brave and have a lot of energy, you can try it all in one go! Many of the tasks can be completed by looking at the outsides of the buildings but sometimes, you will be invited to pop indoors to have a search around. Please check the opening times for each building that allows this – details are on their websites which are listed throughout the booklet. As far as is reasonably practicable, each building on this Discovery Trail provides a standard of access for disabled people equal to that enjoyed by the rest of the public.
  14. IOU Theatre

    Halifax

    IOU Theatre

    IOU is a producing organisation with nearly 40 years’ experience making live shows and contemporary art installations that combine many art forms t...
    IOU is a producing organisation with nearly 40 years’ experience making live shows and contemporary art installations that combine many art forms together with new and innovative technology. All aspects of the work are originated by the company and devised for unusual indoor and outdoor locations as well as established touring venues and galleries. IOU’s work is created by teams drawn from an international pool of professional artists, makers, performers, poets, musicians and technicians who have a range of experience working with the company - from founder members, new collaborators to recent graduates. We support the development of independent artists’ creative practice and offer opportunities to emerging artists (regionally and nationally) across a range of disciplines to develop their ideas, creative and professional skills. We also deliver a learning and participation programme to the local community, schools and families.
  15. Brasserie at the Bull

    Halifax

    Brasserie at the Bull

    The Brasserie at the Bull is a luxurious, modern restaurant and bar situated in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The atmosphere at the Brasserie is rela...
    The Brasserie at the Bull is a luxurious, modern restaurant and bar situated in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The atmosphere at the Brasserie is relaxed, friendly and informal, leaving you with an overall impression of a pub which is comfortable, light, open and luxurious. It’s our attention to detail and high level of service that ensures your whole dining experience at the Brasserie will be truly memorable. The menu is Modern-British, with Mediterranean influences. Our wine list contains all the well known favourites, alongside quality vineyards from around the world. We serve quality imported lagers, traditional hand-pulled ales, as well as premium spirits and cocktails.
  16. Romeo & Juliet Restaurant, Halifax

    Halifax

    Romeo & Juliet Restaurant

    All of our food is made to an excellent standard, using authentic Italian recipes. The menu is traditionally Italian including freshly baked bre...
    All of our food is made to an excellent standard, using authentic Italian recipes. The menu is traditionally Italian including freshly baked bread, thin crispy pizza and hand made pasta. Indulge in a rich pasta or sink your teeth into a steak, cooked to perfection. Be sure to save room for Lucia's lovingly made tiramisu. There is also impeccable selection of wines to accompany your meal. Carlo, Lucia and their friendly team look forward to welcoming you to Romeo and Juliet Restaurant. Our restaurant is located in the heart of Halifax, West Yorkshire, close to The Piece Hall, Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel Centre for the Arts and Halifax railway station.

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