The Piece Hall Halifax Reviews
A unique survival Aug 28, 2010
'Couldn't we hold it in the Halifax Peace Hall?' asked a trade union member about an impending function. The answer took a while.
For a start, there is no misspelling here. It's the PIECE Hall. Secondly, the majority of it is a very large open space, surrounded by arcades three storeys high with shops and offices.
To understand the Piece Hall, you have to take a few steps back in industrial history to the time before the industrial revolution. The Halifax area was already very dependent on the production of wool, since much hill land in the area was completely unsuited to arable farming but very well suited to sheep grazing.
Prior to the industrial revolution there was the domestic industry and wool was woven on hand looms in houses. Then it was bought by manufacturers. Clearly this created a need for somewhere for the weavers and the manufacturers to come together for the weavers to exhibit their wares and for the manufacturers to examine them and choose what they wanted. This was the purpose of the Piece Hall. There were originally well over three hundred rooms, each 12 feet by 7 feet.
If you want to read more of the history, there is a good download if you click on 'History' on the website. It is not quite accurate in saying this is the only piece hall to have survived but it is unique as a large impressive one. I know of only one other that is just like a house in the tiny village of Heptonstall. The icing on the cake for the Halifax Piece Hall consists of the beautifully crafted cast iron gates.
Part of the list God's own county - Yorkshire
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