The Piece Hall Halifax Reviews
PIECE HALL - HALIFAX Feb 05, 2017
The Piece Hall is Britain's oldest remaining Cloth Hall. This unique building served as a central market place for the buying and selling of cloth produced by local hand-loom weavers.
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, lengths of cloth were woven on hand-looms in weaver's cottages. A "piece" was a length of cloth 30 yards long. These pieces were taken to cloth halls to be sold and it is an indication of the size and strength of the woollen industry in Halifax in the 1770's that such a prestigious building was built.
The PIECE HALL was opened on January 1, 1779. The "pieces" were stored in 315 rooms and trading took place for just 2 hours on Saturday morning.
The Piece Hall only flourished for about 35 years as increasing mechanization of the textile trade gradually undermined the hand-loom weaver. The Hall began to be used for political and religious meetings and other events. In 1868 it was given to the Halifax Corporation and converted to a wholesale fish, fruit and vegetable market. This use continued until the 1970's when a proposal to demolish the Piece Hall to build a shopping centre was defeatd by just one vote. Instead, a decision was made to restore and reopen the Piece Hall in the form we see today.
Many events and Festivals take place in the Piece Hall. The Piece Hall is open daily but some of the shops do not open 7 days a week and most are closed on Monday.
FISH'N CHIPS & MUSHY PEAS
September 5, 6 & 7, 2008
Halifax U.K. was the site of a very fun VT Meeting "Fish, Chips & Mushy Peas" hosted by our very own Ricky52 and his lovely wife Sheila. Hans and I thought it would be an ideal time to explore the Northern part of England, so we enthusiastically signed up. We were looking forward to a good time and Ricky sure had a great program for us. It all started out Friday night, September 5 at the Cafe' Passion, featuring Mediterranean style dishes.
Saturday, September 6, we went on a bus tour. Ricky hired a coach for us which was a brilliant idea. Our first stop was "The Gibbet" where some VT members went under the "Blade" while the rest of us shouted "Off with his 'ead".
Next it was driving through the wonderful Yorkshire countryside, while we sang to the music CD Ricky made up for us. He even prepared a song sheet with words to the songs, including Ricky's favourite "Blue Velvet".
Now it was time for our "Mystery Tour" which turned out to be a ride on a real steam train - The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway". We had our very own reserved Vintage railway carriage and went through little towns starting in Oxenhope - Haworth - Oakworth - Ingrow West - Keighley, then back again to Oxenhope.
Lunch was in Hebden Bridge at aj's fish & chips.
After lunch it was on to Sowerby Bridge for the "Rushbearing Festival" parade and then visit "The Scarecrows" in Norland. We were back at the Wool Merchant around 6:00 p.m. where we would later have our Saturday night VT Dinner at the Hotel's restaurant "La Taverna".
Sunday morning, most members went Clay Pigeon shooting, all dressed in raingear and wellies. Sunday lunch was at Branch Road Inn for their "Carvery". In the evening we had our last meal at Las Cuevas, a tapas restaurant.
All in all, we had a Smashin' time.
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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.
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