Halifax Past, Present & Future

A charming Yorkshire market town rich in heritage

Running Time = 140 minutes

Pathways are a film production company based in Calderdale, West Yorkshire featuring journeys highlighting the historical background and ‘Pretty Gritty’ landscapes found in the South Pennines, which is the home of the ‘Grand Depart’ of the Tour de France in July 2014.

 

Produced in 2011 this film captures the rich history of Halifax from early medieval times to the present day. Starting with the beautiful Minster the film focuses on unique buildings such as the Piece Hall and Square Chapel. Its heyday was the nineteenth century with such treasures as the Market Hall, the Victoria Hall and the majestic Town Hall where we are granted an audience with the Lord Mayor in his parlour.

We visit Wainhouse Tower, the notorious Halifax Gibbet, Bankfield Museum and the recently restored eighteenth century classic building Somerset House. The rural surroundings are not neglected with visits to People’s Park and the magnificent Shibden Hall and Park and so much more that makes the rich unfolding story that is Halifax.

 

Halifax is the primary town of Calderdale, to explore more about the area take a look at “Around Calderdale” which is another film in the Pathways’ Collection.

Family dynasties which put Halifax on the world map are featured, such as the Crossleys, Akroyds, Mackintosh’s and the “Cat’s Eye” man Percy Shaw. We are given the story of the “Halifax” before it became part of the Lloyds Banking Group and visit Harvey’s Department Store and Fred Wade’s Bookshop to see how they have stood the test of time.

 

Local author Stephen Gee takes us on a tour of the oldest pubs in town and ‘Elvis authority’ Trevor Simpson revisits venues which made Halifax such a vital part of the ‘Swinging Sixties‘ when an amazing array of pop stars played here. We are guided around ‘Eureka’ the nationally acclaimed attraction for children and see how past and present are carefully blended in such developments as the Woolshops and Dean Clough Mills.

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