Meet at the steps at the new eastern entrance to the Piece Hall near the library
It is now six years since we last visited Halifax. At the time the Piece Hall had not re-opened and so our evening walk will provide a chance to discover more about the town and what is currently happening.
Tour leaders Alan Goodrum, Chair of Halifax Civic Trust and Vice Chair David Glover will aim to show a combination of the restored centre of Halifax, some iconic buildings such as the Piece Hall, Town Hall and Borough Market (externally), modern buildings and sculpture, some little known historic buildings together with emerging issues such as historic buildings becoming vacant and plans for further town centre regeneration. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges of creating a vibrant town centre post pandemic as we walk round. The walking tour will last approximately 1.5 hours concluding with a pie, chips and mushy peas supper at the Ring o’ Bells pub in Upper Kirkgate, an historic real ale pub near Halifax Minster (and Coal Drops).
The evening will cost £8 per person for members and £10 for non-members and numbers will be limited to 25 people so don’t delay in booking a place for yourself and any guests you wish to bring.
It can be booked through our treasurer Michael Barron. Phone 01484 537080; email: email@example.com no later than Friday, July 8 please in order for us to confirm numbers with the pub.
When booking please state your pie choice - meat and potato, chicken or cheese and onion.
Lion Chambers in Huddersfield. Photo by Tim Green.
Discover Huddersfield Trails and Walks Programme 2022
There are two walks are scheduled for April 2022 and both start at 2.30pm.
Once again, former HCS chairman Chris Marsden will be leading a Lion Hunt, exploring some of the 200 lions to be found around the town centre on Sunday, April 3.
Then on Sunday, April 24, Dave Verguson will lead a walk-through Lindley’s story – one of Discover Huddersfield’s most popular walks. Bookings for each walk will be available via Eventbrite no more than 14 days before each walk but hurry as the two walks in March were booked out within days of being made available. To view all the year’s walks, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/discover-huddersfield-guided-walks-programme-2022-120689.
Walks cost £4 per person and usually last 1.5 - 2 hours.
The George Hotel will be the subject of a talk in September 2022
These are the events planned so far for summer and early autumn 2022
Evening visit to Halifax town centre on Thursday, July 14.
We last visited Halifax in 2016 before the renovated Piece Hall was reopened. Our July walk will be led by Halifax Civic Trust Chairman Alan Goodrum and will last between 90 minutes and 2 hours, finishing at a local hostelry for supper.
Evening stroll around Kirkburton, 6.30pm on Wednesday, August 3.
Meet at Kirkburton Library for a stroll around one of Kirklees’ most interesting villages, led by members of Kirkburton History Group with supper back at the library at around 8pm.
Saving Our Heritage: Conservation of the former George Hotel and Estate Buildings. Monday, September 12. This will be by Helen Walker, Head of Heritage, Bowman Riley Architects. It’s a joint presentation with Huddersfield Local History Society as part of the Heritage Open Days festival.
Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust, Thursday, October 13, Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Huddersfield. Presentation about the work of the Trust and the buildings it helps to protect. Note: Invitations for all the above will be sent out a few weeks before the event.
Historian David Griffiths will be leading The Villas Of Edgerton walk and has written a book about them which is available via the Huddersfield Civic Society website.
Here are some great ways to explore Huddersfield’s history
People can discover Huddersfield’s history … by walking it.
The guided walks reveal the town’s history from its spooky past to its outstanding architecture.
The 20 walks have been produced by the Discover Huddersfield partnership and each is led by an expert in the town’s history, culture or heritage.
Walks include the intriguing Lion Hunt, the Halloween themed ‘Shuddersfield’ and strolls around Edgerton, Birkby and Lindley, as well as new themes including Surprising Springwood, a family discovery walk and a couple of walks around Marsden organised with Marsden History Group.
The first of this season’s walks called The Irish in Huddersfield will be on Saturday, March 19, followed by a free film showing the first ever St Patrick’s Day event in the town.
The next walk will be The Villas of Edgerton on March 27, 2022, led by historian David Griffiths. He has written a book about them which is available via the Huddersfield Civic Society website by clicking here.
There will also be free four walks organised as part of the Heritage Open Days festival in September.
The walks’ programme 2022 leaflet is now being distributed to information points and libraries around the area as well as the Hello Huddersfield shop in Market Avenue and selected shops and cafes around the town centre.
Discover Huddersfield is a community led, non-profit company and also has a series of trails which people can explore for themselves from leaflets packed with information.
Two new free trails, the Textile trail and the Greasepaint and Limelight trail which focuses on the town’s cinemas and theatres are now available, adding to the 16 free leaflets already available. The Discover Huddersfield walks programme and trails have been supported by Historic England's High Street Heritage Action Zone programme.