A Georgian Masterpiece

The Piece Hall, in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is a unique Grade 1 Listed building of extraordinary significance. It is one of only two fully intact cloth halls in Europe, and the only one in Britain. Built in 1779, it is a supreme example of pre-industrial Georgian architecture.

A Remarkable Survival

The Piece Hall has had many roles throughout its long history. Built for the trading of locally made, hand-woven “pieces” of woollen cloth, its original purpose disappeared with the coming of industrialisation. By 1815, the building was being used as venue for political meetings and public spectaculars – including novelties such as balloon flights and tightrope walking. The Victorian era saw it becoming home to a thriving fruit and vegetable market, used as a horse fair, and as a venue for enormous community “sings” with over 30,000 people attending. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument in 1927, it was nevertheless targeted for demolition in the early 1970s, escaping by a single vote in 1972. It then became home to a range of unique shops and as a place for a wide range of events.

A Great Future – The Piece Hall Transformation Project

The Piece Hall has survived against the odds and is a much loved and cherished building. However, it now needs significant investment to repair and conserve it, and to ensure that it has a sound long-term future.

Following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £7m, Calderdale Council are are now investing £10m in the transformation of the Piece Hall. The total cost of the transformation project is £19m and fundraising is underway for the final £2m.

The Piece Hall will close on 17 January 2014 to allow the project to get underway. Read on for more details of this remarkable building and the exciting project to transform it.