Category Archives: Piece Hall

The Piece Hall bell and weather vane, including the historic sheep, have returned to Halifax after being lovingly restored as part of Calderdale Council’s £19 million transformation programme. Housed within a wooden cupola above the Piece Hall’s West Gate, the weather vane displays the points of the compass, an arrow indicating the wind direction, plus… read more … about The Piece Hall sheep is baaaaaack!>>

Piece Hall weather vane - credit Sandy Young

On Wednesday 11 January, Calderdale Council’s Use of Resources Scrutiny Panel will meet to review progress on the Piece Hall project.  The conservation and transformation programme at the Piece Hall is being carried out by Graham Construction with funding from Calderdale Council and a significant investment of £7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The… read more … about Scrutiny to review the Piece Hall project>>

Piece Hall courtyard

Archaeologists have removed and examined over 200 skeletons from the Square Chapel graveyard, as part of the Piece Hall transformation project in Halifax.  The excavations were undertaken by Archaeological Services WYAS as part of the £19 million transformation project funded by Calderdale Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.   The exhumations were necessary before the construction… read more … about Unlocking the secrets of the Square Chapel skeletons>>

Square Chapel bodies

The new Piece Hall courtyard is slowly appearing as sandstone flags and European granite steps are carefully manoeuvred into place. Gone are the old stone setts which date back to the 1970s and which are being replaced to create an attractive and sophisticated town square, as part of the £19 million transformation project funded by… read more … about Stunning Piece Hall square takes shape>>


Budding archaeologists can learn the secrets of Halifax’s past at a special summer event for children at Halifax Central Library. The Archaeological Adventure tells the story of the recent dig in the Square Church graveyard.  Before building work could start on the new Central Library and Archive, the burial ground at Square Church had to… read more … about Join us on an Archaeological Adventure!>>


Full attention to detail is going into every part of the new Central Library and Archive in Halifax, West Yorkshire, as it continues to take shape. About 30,000 locally handmade bricks will make up the walls of the new building. Every single brick has been drawn by hand in the plans, and sample walls have… read more … about 30,000 bricks in the wall>>

Bricks being produced

Calderdale Council is teaming up with GRAHAM Construction to host a series of free public talks focused on the Piece Hall transformation project and new Central Library and Archive. A number of speakers with expertise ranging from osteoarchaeology to stonemasonry and major events planning will provide fascinating insights into the historical content and future of… read more … about ‘Meet the Experts’ – Piece Hall transformation>>

Piece Hall courtyard

Over 420 tonnes of steel, held together by more than 40,000 nuts and bolts are being manoeuvred into place to build Halifax’s new Central Library and Archive. The steel framework is emerging out of the site adjacent to the Piece Hall as the construction project reaches its next major milestone. It will take up to… read more … about Spire and steel make new Central Library>>

Library steelwork - image 2