Piece Hall gets top 10 spot in 'A History of England in 100 Places' campaign

The Piece Hall, Halifax
The Piece Hall, Halifax

The Piece Hall in Halifax, dubbed the “Piazza San Marco of Yorkshire”, is among ten places chosen today (Friday) by Tristram Hunt, for Historic England’s campaign Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places, sponsored by specialist insurer, Ecclesiastical.

The campaign aims to find the 100 places that bring to life England’s rich and extraordinary history.

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Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “From the workshop of the world to the centre of the global financial market, England has been at the forefront of enterprise and industry for centuries. Our industrial heritage has shaped our landscape, from the towns and cities that grew on the back of commerce, to the canals and railways that still connect us today. These 10 places reflect our rich commercial history and as an insurer of many of the nation’s irreplaceable buildings, Ecclesiastical is proud to celebrate them through our sponsorship of the 100 Places campaign.”

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Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A has judged the Industry, Trade & Commerce category and is one of a panel of expert judges, including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral. Each judge has been tasked with choosing their top ten places in a range of different categories, from a long list of public nominations.

Historic England received 799 public nominations for the Industry, Trade & Commerce category- the highest received in any category.