'Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford Leeds - weave the wool that goes in tweeds' young children used to chant but Halifax was named in a more desperate adult saying - 'from Hell, Hull and Halifax, Good Lord deliver us.' Hull was the main port for people deported whereas Halifax earned its place by a strange means of execution (for Britain.} A gibbet usually means the apparatus for hanging. The Halifax gibbet was more like a French guillotine. A model still stands - not surprisingly in Gibbet Street.
Halifax was very much a working town and its principal monuments reflect this. The converted carpet mill at Dean Clough is as good a piece of industrial landscape as any in Britain, the Wainhouse Tower, that can be ascended at week-ends was a mill chimney. The old Victorian market and the town hall are fine buildings.
Since the 1970s for local goverment purposeshalifax has been the largest settlement in the Metropolitan District of Calderdale
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