Ten blue plaques honouring notable local people and places in and around Halifax

From diarist Anne Lister to confectioner John Mackintosh, there are a number of blue plaques located in Halifax and across Calderdale.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 10:52 am
Blue plaques located in and around Halifax
Blue plaques located in and around Halifax

The historical markers are a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, event, or former building on the site. Here are ten blue plaques commemorating important people, places or organisations that have been unveiled by Halifax Civic Trust over the years.

One of the most recent blue plaques on this list, Halifax diarist Anne Listers honour was unveiled on April 3 of this year. The plaque is located at her ancestral home of Shibden Hall, Halifax.
Wuthering Heights author Emily Bronte has her own blue plaque in Calderdale which is located on Law Hill House, Southowram, where she lived when she taught at Elizabeth Patchetts school for girls.
Halifax textile manufacturer of the 19th century, MP for Halifax and a founder of the Yorkshire (Penny) Bank, Col Edward Akroyd, has a blue plaque at his former home, Bank Field, now Bankfield Museum.
Founder of John Crossley and Sons, carpet manufacturers, John Crossleys blue plaque is on the site at Dean Clough in Halifax, once the largest integrated carpet factory in the world.
John Mackintosh, founder of confectioners John Mackintosh and Sons, toffee makers and confectioners, now part of Nestle, has a blue plaque at Bailey Hall Mill, part of Nestles Albion Mills in Halifax.
Percy Shaws blue plaque is located at Boothtown House, his home where the inventor of the catseye founded the Reflecting Roadstuds company ahead of manufacturing them in the 20th century.
The blue plaque marking the birthplace of Halifax Town AFC was installed back in 2012 at the site of the former Saddle Hotel in Market Street, latterly occupied by JJB Sports and then Heron Foods.
Sculptor Jocelyn Horner has a plaque at Green Hayes, the house at Savile Park Road, Bell Hall, Halifax, where she was born, lived, worked and died, now the home of Lawrence Funeral Services.
Dr Phyllis Eleanor Bentley was a West Riding novelist acclaimed for her 1932 masterpiece, Inheritance. Her blue plaque was sponsored by Halifax Thespians and unveiled at the Playhouse, Halifax.
Oliver Smithies, a geneticist who in 2007 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, unveiled his own blue plaque in 2010 at his former school, Copley Primary School.