View from Beacon Hill

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Birds Eye view of Halifax

There are hundreds of views of Halifax taken from the Beacon Hill area due to it's natural height looking down over the town. Here I have chosen a few of my favourites. Similar views, similar era. Note the number of chimneys.

View over Charlestown and Godley

View from Charlestown 

View over town

View of Halifax Train Goods Yard

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

The Nag's Head Inn

The Nags Head Inn was originally a home called 'Hilltop House' and stood at the corner of King Cross Lane (number 68) and Lord Street next door to Hopwood Hall.
Hilltop House was bought in 1708 by William Hopwood, who moved from Rastrick and lived in it until Hopwood Hall was built. It's not sure when the building became an inn, but it was rebuilt and licensed by 1845. Just before the rebuilt building was demolished in 1884, for road widening, it was one of 26 licensed houses within 300 yards of Bull Green
The sketch above bu H.R.Oddy clearly shows that part of the inn was occupied by a butcher's shop, while the peeling plaster from the walls shows that it must have been on it's last legs at the time.

During repair work on a chimney in July 1867, an orange banner with a blue border was discovered concealed in a hole. This was dated 1688 and bore a picture of the Protestant King William III on horseback with the mottoes
Deliver from Church and State and
To the glorious memory of 1688 and 1690
In the corners were smaller devices, and on each side were written the names of the places where the English were victorious, including the Boyne, Anglicum, Deny and Enniskillen
(Malcolm Bulls Calderdale Companion)

Friday, 12 July 2019

Perfect Postcard

A friend of mine wondered if I was interested in his collection of local postcards. Is the pope a Catholic? I told him, as I tell everyone who donates their photographs, postcards and other memories, that I don't want their originals. I just take a photo of them so that they can keep them in their album.

I will regularly add his postcards onto this blog as well as any other contributions you might forward to me, and I always look forward to your comments.

Today's postcards look in opposite direction of Commercial Street

Thursday, 20 June 2019

The Talbot Hotel - Woolshops

The Talbot Hotel, Woolshops sketched by Arthur Comfort

For more than 150 years, The Talbot Hotel, down Woolshops was the main meeting hall in town. It had accommodation for holding meetings and was notorious for it's cockfighting there in the 18th century.

The Halifax Assemblies, exclusive balls and parties were held here and it was at one of these assemblies that a duel was arranged to be fought on Beacon Hill.
Until the building of the Assembly rooms on Harrison Road, the room at the Talbot was the largest in town. Many local societies held their meetings here including the time when Lord Rockingham came to meet the justices of the town to try to stop the practice of 'Coining' in the district and to assist in discovering the murderers of William Dighton, a supervisor who was shot when attacked by a gang of Coiners in Bull Close Lane.

The Talbot Hotel pictured in the top picture was replaced by the New Talbot (pictured above) in 1926.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Salt and Pepper

The cooling towers that dominated our views of town for decades (from 1937 to 1974) when they were built to replace six earlier, wooden towers. Even when they were to be demolished, they still didn't want to leave. 

Thousands turned up to watch as contractors attempted to demolish them with explosives on March 24th 1974 but, they didn't fall until October 1974 with the help of a half ton steel ball.Other names people used for the towers were 'Washer and Boiler', based on an old twin tub washing machine and 'Castor and Pollux' which were twin half-brothers in Greek mythology.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Warley - Then and Now

It's not difficult to tell where this fountain stands. This scene of Warley has barely changed in over 100 years. In the foreground is the fountain, a village landmark which used to be the site of the maypole.

In March, 1899, at the monthly meeting of the Warley council, it was reported that the pole had been blown down and broken the railings and the surveyor had instructed the council to clear the site. Through the generosity of Mr A.S McRea, of Warley House, the drinking fountain was erected in 1900 with an inscription recording the fact that it stood on the site of the maypole.
The porch of the Post Office can be seen in the rear of the photo.