Friday, 16 October 2009

091016 The Piece Hall, Halifax




Beautiful day today and Isobel was off work so we went into Halifax shopping. I managed to escape for half an hour and walked through the Piece Hall. Halifax Piece Hall is Britain's oldest remaining cloth hall where individual hand-loom weavers used to take their "pieces" of cloth to sell to buyers who would travel to Halifax from all parts of the country. Built in 1778 it takes the form of a large open courtyard surrounded by over 300 small trading rooms. The church spire in the background is the spire of Square Church which was built in the 1850s.

7 comments:

L. D. Burgus said...

That is a beautiful building. I like all the arches and it looks almost modern. I have never heard of such a trade. Thanks for sharing...

James said...

Fantastic picture!

John said...

What a glorious piece of Britain's industrial past. Without wanting to romanticise it, if you squint your eyes a little it could almost be Florentine; maybe that's a step far for Yorkshire. One can only hope the building will stand for some long time to come.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Wow. What a neat place this must be. I am surprised they don't use it these days for a flea market.

Valerie said...

I was struck by the Market appearance, although I've never seen one that big. It's a beautiful old building.

jennyfreckles said...

I've always been fascinated by this place. You've reminded me to visit it again.

tony said...

Yes, A Building Halifax can be ,& is,Proud of.Have you seen the new plans for redeveloping it? The idea is to level-off The Square & put fountains in it.A far cry from the 1960s when it was a Fish Market!