We have settled very well into our new home at Carlton United Reformed Church (shortly to be renamed the Carlton Centre).  We are still waiting for news on how much of our library  can be accommodated in the new library, and whether the Piece Hall Annexe will be able to accommodate  our meetings. Once we have that information we will share it with you so we can make decisions on our future arrangements. Until then we will continue to meet at the Carlton Centre, and we are very grateful to Peter Buckley from the Centre for making us so welcome.


We can’t use our usual room at Carlton on 20th June  so we will be holding that meeting at Blackwall Masonic Hall at 7.30pm.

THE RETURN OF ...........TEA!

Now that we have sussed out the kitchen arrangements at Carlton we are  putting tea and coffee back on the agenda from 6.50pm to 7.20pm before each meeting They will be served on the middle floor, accessed through the usual door. We are looking for people to join the rota so if you are willing to help out in this way, please speak to Janet Ashton or Ngaire Williams at a Society meeting.



Our Secretary Anne Kirker stood down at the AGM this month having served the Society in that role for a number of years. We would like to thank Anne very much for her hard work, expertise and enthusiasm. The role has been taken on as a job share by Janet Ashton and Kay Rushworth, and we would like to welcome them to the team.


Our excursions committee have once again come up with some corkers. Feast your eyes on these!

Cromford Mills and Cromford Canal, Derbyshire, Tuesday June 13th (By coach)

Built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright, Cromford Mills were the World’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mills and they are the centrepiece of the Derwent Valley Mills which are a World Heritage Site. The mill structure itself was classified in 1950 as a Grade 1 listed building. Arkwright started with 200 workers which was more than the locality could provide so he built housing for them close by. The mill finally ceased operating in the 19th century and the buildings were used for other purposes.

 We shall leave Halifax by coach from Skircoat Moor (by the fish shop) at 9.00am and on arrival at the site will first go on a return 2 hour  ‘cruise’ in an historical narrow boat on the restored part of the Cromford Canal. The canal was originally 14.5 miles long and went from Comford to join the Erewash

canal with a spur branch to Pinxton. At the halfway point there will be a stop for 15 minutes to allow the boat to turn around and for you to stretch your legs (if you want to). Although the boat has refreshments for sale we would suggest that you might like to take a packed lunch to eat whilst you are ‘cruising’.

Following this we will be given a guided tour of the mill site and meet Sir

Richard at the Audio Visual Arkwright experience. After all of this there will be some time for you to have a look at the various shops and cafes on the site before we leave for home at about 4.30pm. The cost for all of this is £25.00 per person.

Browsholme Hall, nr.Clitheroe. Tuesday July 18th (By Coach)

This Hall is the Ancestral Hall of the Parker family who have lived here continuously since 1507. The Parkers were, and still are, the Bow-bearers of The Forest of Bowland - so take care! It is a Grade 1 listed building which is built with red sandstone and has a genuine claim to being the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. The family motto is “neither wind nor wave shall move us”.

We shall be leaving from Skircoat Moor (by the fish shop) at 11.00am to arrive at the Hall about 12.30pm.On arrival we shall be given tea/coffee etc. in the Tithe Barn and then be taken on a 1 hour guided tour of the hall which has an excellent collection of antiques, paintings and furniture. We shall then be free to wander through the wooded grounds going perhaps as far as the lake. We shall leave the Hall between 4.00pm and 4.30pm. The cost for this excursion is £22.00 per person.

Bradford Civic Town Hall, Tuesday August 15th (Make your own way there)

This is a Grade 1 listed 19th Century Town Hall and is easily recognised by the 220 foot landmark bell/clock tower. It opened in 1873 and its Architectural style is Venetian Gothic. In 1869 a competition for a design “to rival the town halls of Leeds and Halifax” was held and there were over 31 entrants. The winner was a local firm called Lockwood and Mawson. Since it was built it has been extended twice. We shall begin our guided tour at 2.00pm when we will be shown the banqueting hall, the Lord Mayors room and various other rooms. On completion of the tour we will be given some light refreshment before leaving about 4.00pm. As Bradford is so easily accessible from Halifax we would suggest that you take a bus or a train to get there and we shall meet at the Town Hall at 1.45pm. The cost for this excursion is £3.00 per person.




7.30pm on Saturday 8th April - Scandal and Humour from Halifax Parish Records

A Talk by David Glover

A lively and amusing account of lurid goings-on over centuries, taken from reliable sources, including accounts of - the violent vicar, public fornication, the stolen bride, the drunks, and the adulterous.

Venue - Heath United Reformed Church, Free School Lane, Halifax, HX3 0DW.  Free entry, retiring collection in aid of Halifax and District Organists' Association.

7pm on Thursday 20th April - William Priestley, Mrs Sunderland and Others: Musical Life in the Halifax Area in the early to mid-19th Century

A fully illustrated Talk by David Glover, with Musical intervals!

Halifax punched well above its weight in musical events in the early 19th Century.  Notable visitors included Paganini, Strauss the elder, and Liszt. There were some wonderful characters among those who founded and took part with the Halifax Choral Society (the world's oldest, founded 1818) - women included.

Venue - Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street, Halifax. Tickets £6.00 on the door, in aid of the Mayor of Calderdale's Charities.

From 12.30 pm on Saturday 29th April, with conducted tours at 1pm and 2.45pm

Spring Open Day at Lister Lane Cemetery, Halifax

A closed Victorian Cemetery being restored and interpreted by its small team of Friends; now A European Cemetery of Significance.  19,000 burials, from the wealthy Crossley family to brave Chartists fighting for basic rights; a microcosm of Halifax's 19th century history.  A tour at 1pm will look at Bronte and Literary links.  General Tours available too. The Mayor of Calderdale will be visiting.

(NB there are no loos, and stout footwear is advisable)

Venue - Lister Lane Cemetery, HX1 5JL.  Free event, donations to The Friends (a Registered Public Charity) are welcome.

Halifax Antiquarian,
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