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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. Halifax Minster

    Halifax

    Halifax Minster

    Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a ...
    Located in the heart of Halifax, Halifax Minster is a handsome 15th Century Grade 1 listed Parish Church; a site of major historical importance, a place of worship, prayer, of civic engagement, education and culture; with a year-round programme of events for you to enjoy. The church of St John the Baptist Halifax was given its Minster status in 2009 in recognition of its important role in the civic life of the town and borough. Visit Halifax Minster to enjoy a tour of the beautiful and historic interior of the building, the beautiful stained glass and painted wooden ceiling panels. Look out for the mice carved into the Thompson chairs in the Wellington Chapel! Children can enjoy Halifax Minster too. When you arrive with the kids you have free use of a backpack containing a short guide around the Minster, an eye-spy guide to the 16 stained-glass windows, paper, pencils and crayons to make drawings of all the interesting things you'll find and a torch to help you find them! Enjoy organ recitals on Thursdays at 1pm from March to end of October. Lunch (£4) is available from 12.15pm. There are also regular performances by the Minster Choir, our Summer festival in June & July and other events throughout the year. Entrance to Halifax Minster is FREE, with donations welcome to help us maintain and preserve this beautiful building for future generations to enjoy.
  3. Big 6 Inn

    Halifax

    Big 6 Inn

    With a sunny beer-garden and dog-friendly attitude Big 6 Inn is a great place to call in after a walk around nearby Manor Heath Park in the summer...
    With a sunny beer-garden and dog-friendly attitude Big 6 Inn is a great place to call in after a walk around nearby Manor Heath Park in the summer. In the winter you can warm up next to the open fire and sample the wide range of real ale and spirits. We are proud to be a Free House selling a wide selection of drinks free from brewery ties. We keep at least five real ales/beers on draught along with a craft cider. Our selection comes from a variety of sources and change as quickly as you drink them! See you at the bar!
  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. Dean Clough, photo by Bruce Fitzgerald

    Halifax

    Dean Clough

    Eat, drink, shop, pamper yourself with health & beauty treatments and enjoy art at Dean Clough! These converted mills, formerly the largest car...
    Eat, drink, shop, pamper yourself with health & beauty treatments and enjoy art at Dean Clough! These converted mills, formerly the largest carpet manufacturing factory in the world, are now home to about 150 businesses and arts venues. These include the Crossley Gallery, I.O.U and the Viaduct Theatre; bars and restaurants such as Eds Urban Eats. The Loom Lounge, Engine Room Cafe & Kitchen, Mill Bar & Kitchen, Babar Khan Restaurant & Buffet, Stod Fold and Riccis Tapas and Cicchetti. You can also shop at Jack Wills, The Design Shop, Pam's Shop and The Loom Lounge Roastery. Don't forget to see the (ever growing) Lego model of Dean Clough - it's awesome!
  6. Halifax Railway Station

    Halifax

    Halifax Railway Station

    The Caldervale line runs through the area with stations at Halifax, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Walsden and Todmorden. ...
    The Caldervale line runs through the area with stations at Halifax, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Walsden and Todmorden. Trains run from Blackpool North to York via Hebden Bridge and Halifax and from Leeds via Bradford to Manchester Victoria via all stations. It is also possible to travel to Leeds via Dewsbury from Mytholmroyd and Sowerby Bridge. A direct train service operated by Grand Central runs from London to Halifax and Brighouse three times a day.
  7. Emma's Apothecary

    Halifax

    Emma's Apothecary

    Located in Westgate Arcade in the heart of the market town of Halifax, we sell toiletries, handmade bath treats, home fragrance, jewellery, accesso...
    Located in Westgate Arcade in the heart of the market town of Halifax, we sell toiletries, handmade bath treats, home fragrance, jewellery, accessories, stationary and seasonal gifts. We have a wide range of cards, crockery, home wear, bed quilts and cushions, in fact all sorts of lovely things. Also Burts Bees, Rose & co, Cath Kidson, Heathcote and Ivory L 'Occitan toiletries.
  8. The Walled Garden at Manor Heath Park

    Halifax

    The Walled Garden at Manor Heath Park

    Open all year round, Manor Heath Park's Walled garden is part of this nineteen acre Green Flag Award and Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award winning p...

    Open all year round, Manor Heath Park's Walled garden is part of this nineteen acre Green Flag Award and Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award winning park.

    The Walled Garden was once used to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables for the former Manor Heath Mansion (you can read about the history of Manor Heath Park and the Mansion here) and is today used to demonstrate different types of gardening techniques of topical interest and bedding plant trials for Calderdale's parks.

    There are several sections in the walled garden:

    The Container Garden demonstrates the different ways of displaying plants in pots and hanging baskets.

    The Alpine Mint Walk. Enjoy the fragrance of the Corsican Mint planted between the paving stones. Bees and insects love the small blue flowers during the summer.

    The Rock Garden is made from local sandstone and planted with specialist alpines and bulbs.

    Herbaceous Borders using traditional plants for a magnificent summer flowering display.

    Prairie Planting. A bed specially designed and planted with grasses and some herbaceous perennials for very low maintenance i.e. no staking and only trimming back in spring. The coloured grasses and seed heads last right through the autumn and into winter.

    The Necklace Garden boasts tradtional plants and old-fashioned roses growing in a formal setting.

    The Winter Garden features plants of winter interest including flowers, stems, foliage and berries; to illustrate how gardens can still be attractive in winter.

    The Mediterranean Garden shows how plants normally found in the Med can be grown in Calderdale, with plenty of ideas for plants to grow in domestic gardens for the water conscious gardener. The gravel garden shows plants that will survive in hot, dry  places.

    Exhibition English Garden This professional design gives colour and texture throughout the growing season with many unusual plants and bulbs.

    Demonstration Beds. Watch out in summer for trials of new varieties of bedding plants and bedding schemes. If successful, some will be put into practice in flower beds across Calderdale. The Dahlias and Chrysanthemums are grown in the summer by volunteer growers who grow to show standards. We are very fortunate to have them helping us out and we thank them for the time they spend here.

    Rose Walk and Plummery. Enjoy the shade of the willow tunnel and rose walk; see the craftsmanship in the curved dry stone walls built from recycled stone. The Victoria Plum Trees were donated by members of the public. 

    Educational and school visits covering all stages of the national curriculaum can be arranged. Prior booking is essential, please phone Manor Heath on 01422 365631 or email parks@calderdale.gov.uk for more details. 

    When visiting the Walled Garden, you can also visit  The Jungle Experience and refresh with a cuppa and cake at The Flutterbites Cafe.

    Entrance to the Walled Garden and Mnaor Heath Park is FREE. 

    All year round opening times for the Walled Garden are:

    Opening time:10 am every day.

    Closing times: last entry 3.30pm, closed 3.45pm every day except Friday.

    Friday closing: last entry 3pm and closed 3.15pm.

    Educational visits to Manor Heath for schools covering the national curriculum can be arranged by Phoning 01422 365631 or emailing parks@calderdale.gov.uk. Booking is essential.

  9. Jewella

    Halifax

    Jewella

    Jewella is an emporium of beautiful jewellery and accessories from leading brands in the UK. Think fashionable statement necklaces and stunning pie...
    Jewella is an emporium of beautiful jewellery and accessories from leading brands in the UK. Think fashionable statement necklaces and stunning pieces encrusted with semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals. Add glamour to your wardrobe with contemporary and vintage inspired pieces.
  10. Stod Fold

    Halifax

    Stod Fold

    Come and join us at Stod Fold! Serving the full range of Stod Fold Cask Beers plus a wide range of the finest Craft, Lagers, Ciders, Wines & Spirit...
    Come and join us at Stod Fold! Serving the full range of Stod Fold Cask Beers plus a wide range of the finest Craft, Lagers, Ciders, Wines & Spirits, plus great food in our pop up kitchen (with a different chef in residence every two weeks!) and live music.
  11. Overland Campers

    Halifax

    Overland Campers

    Where can you camp with an Overland Camper? It is probably easier to ask where you can’t camp. Overland Campers are designed to be easy to drive an...
    Where can you camp with an Overland Camper? It is probably easier to ask where you can’t camp. Overland Campers are designed to be easy to drive and park while offering a luxurious and different holiday experience. Our current fleet includes 2 Landrover Pulse Ambulances (Amber and Lance) and a Defender 110 (Fergal). In addition to all the usual camper contents, our campervans also feature elevating roofs and the bodies of the vehicles can be made up into beds. The campers are fully insulated and sound proofed to keep you cosy. We are located close to Halifax in West Yorkshire with easy access to the M1 and M62 motorway networks, Leeds Bradford Airport and Manchester Airport. Interested in hiring one of our campers? Contact us to find out more. One life, live it. Email: hello@overlandcampers.co.uk
  12. The Fall

    Halifax

    The Fall

    The Fall Cottage, situated in the beautiful Shibden Valley, has been comfortably renovated with many original features. The cottage is in a sem...
    The Fall Cottage, situated in the beautiful Shibden Valley, has been comfortably renovated with many original features. The cottage is in a semi-rural position approximately 2 miles from Halifax and is ideal for that quiet holiday. Bronte country and the Yorkshire Dales are easily accessible from the area. Halifax has many interesting buildings, museums and galleries. Pets are welcome in the cottage but on the condition that they are not left alone within the cottage. The cottage sleeps 4 and is also non smoking.
  13. North Dean Woods

    Halifax

    North Dean Woods

    North Dean Wood is an example of the type of woodland that used to cover much of the countryside in the North of England. The woods lie on the outs...
    North Dean Wood is an example of the type of woodland that used to cover much of the countryside in the North of England. The woods lie on the outskirts of Greetland and offer an extensive network of footpaths, including part of the Calderdale Way. You will also discover a wide variety of plant and birdlife. The entrance to the wood is near to Clay House and Clay House Park. Oaks are the most common trees in the wood, but in some areas Birch trees are dominant. You will also find Beech, Sycamore, Rowan, holly, Alder and ash trees. Over 60 different species of birds have been recorded in North Dean Wood. Some are resident all year, some are summer visitors arriving in spring and leaving in autumn and a few are winter visitors. A wide range of plant life can be found, from mosses, liverworts and lichens to the mighty trees and some fungi, which offer a varied and colourful display, especially in the autumn. The many flowering plants include Heather, Bilberry, Wood Sorrel and Bluebells. Wildlife in North Dean can be difficult to observe, with many of the residents being nocturnal and the remainder keeping well hidden even when active during the day. Most often seen are rabbits and squirrels. Foxes and Stoats may also be seen although both are largely nocturnal . Smaller mammals such as Shrews, Voles, Mice and hedgehogs are present, but seldom seen. Frogs, Toad and Newts can be found in the wettest areas of the Wood. The visible rocks in North Dean Wood are from the Upper Carboniferous Period (formed about 250 million years ago). The rocks belong to the Millstone Grit Series. The valley floor is covered with a thick layer of gravel and sand, deposited in the Late Glacial Period when, as the ice melted, vast quantities of water flowed into what is now Calderdale through the gaps at Waldsden and Cliviger. On top of this gravel is silt deposited by the River Calder, on which the plant cover grows. There are regular bus services from Huddersfield and Halifax bus stations to Greetland.
  14. 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.
  15. Harveys of Halifax

    Halifax

    Harveys of Halifax

    Harveys is a unique, independent department store in Halifax, UK. Visit us and discover our wide range of fashion, homeware and cosmetics. Once ...
    Harveys is a unique, independent department store in Halifax, UK. Visit us and discover our wide range of fashion, homeware and cosmetics. Once inside, a glass lift smoothly conveys visitors to four floors of quality shopping including ladies fashions, shoes and accessories, perfumery and cosmetics, menswear, lingerie, linens, homewares and gifts. Not to be missed is the 170 seat Harveys Restaurant on the second floor, offering a wide choice of home made meals and snacks in attractive and comfortable surroundings. This makes Harveys the perfect place to meeet friends or relax after sightseeing in Halifax. Harveys has disabled access from our Commercial Street entrance of the store. A wheelchair is also available for customer use. Our lift easily carries two wheelchairs side by side and can take customers to most areas of the store. Disabled toilet facilities are available on the second floor. We have fully equipped fitting rooms which easily accommodate a wheelchair. Full Parent and Baby facilities are available on the second floor.
  16. The Central Suite

    Halifax

    The Central Suite

    Perfect for business trips, leisure or family stays, this modern contemporary spacious apartment sleeps up to 4 adults and is a fantastic alternati...
    Perfect for business trips, leisure or family stays, this modern contemporary spacious apartment sleeps up to 4 adults and is a fantastic alternative to hotels in Halifax.

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