Walk proves a huge hit with lovers of history

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Heritage walkers were given a guided tour around Halifax town centre’s historic buildings.

A tour was held around Halifax town centre for people to discover some of the most important heritage buildings around Halifax, including the Halifax Minster, Square Chapel, Piece Hall, the Victoria Theatre and the Halifax Market.

Heritage tour around Halifax led by David Cant

Heritage tour around Halifax led by David Cant

The tours of the area which will become the new cultural quarter for Halifax were run as fund raisers for Square Chapel’s Cornerstone campaign, with the help of generous volunteers.

Alison Ford, development assistant for Square Chapel, said the event was attended by 100 people and raised £320.

“It was really good as we had people who had never been here before and were shown plans about for the new buildings.

“It was quite a poignant tour as well as it was the last chance for people to see the Piece Hall before it is closed for refurbishment”

Heritage tour around Halifax led by David Cant

Heritage tour around Halifax led by David Cant

Guided tours were led by David Cant and Anne Kirker with a talk by David Glover entitled ‘Two Knights, some Pigs - and a Duchess’ - A quirky look at some people and occasions of the Piece Hall and Square Chapel’s history. It was one of the final chances for visitors to see the Grade I listed Piece Hall before its transformation.

Following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £7m, Calderdale Council are now investing £10m in the transformation of the 18th century Piece Hall, which will be closed from January 17 until early 2016.