Category Archives: Piece Hall

A new heritage centre, which will tell the story of The Piece Hall and Halifax, will be one of the key attractions when The Piece Hall re-opens on Tuesday 1 August 2017. Preparations at ‘The Piece Hall Story’, in the south arcade of The Piece Hall, are well underway, and a range of artefacts has… read more … about Piecing together the history of Halifax>>

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The new Chief Executive of Calderdale Council has been selected subject to approval by Annual Council on 17 May 2017. Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s current Director of Communities and Service Support has been recommended for the post by the Council’s Employment Committee. The Council’s current Chief Executive, Merran McRae is leaving Calderdale in June to… read more … about Tuddenham to take top job at Calderdale>>

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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>>

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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>>

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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>>

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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!>>

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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