April 2019

The Piece Hall and Shibden Hall, Halifax

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 08:00
The Willerby Manor Hotel, 30 Well Lane
Willerby Hull HU10 6ER

Society Day Visit to The Piece Hall and Shibden Hall, Halifax

The Piece Hall, Halifax was built in 1779 and was paid for by the town’s wool merchants to trade cloth, hence the name which refers to the lengths of cloth, ‘cloth pieces’, that were sold. It is the largest surviving secular building in England. Grade 1 listed, it is an outstanding visitor destination - one of Europe’s greatest public squares. A guided tour allows visitors to learn the history of the Piece Hall.

Shibden Hall is a Grade 11 listed house dating back to 1420. It has a Tudor half-timbered frontage and a mix of architecture that reflects its varied history.  From 1615 to 1926 it was the home of the Lister family, wealthy mill owners and cloth merchants. It has been a museum since 1934 offering visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked there.