Illustration by Steve Spencer
Reopening of Halifax Piece Hall set for Yorkshire Day
Built in 1779 to trade in the pieces of cloth brought to market by handloom weavers, Halifax’s historic Piece Hall was closed for refurbishment in January, 2014.
This summer will see the Grade 1 listed building once again open its doors to the general public. The building will see many original shops returning, such as Replicar and Creative Crystals, but there will also be new business that are welcome additions to the lineup such as The Yorkshire Gallery which will showcase the work of Yorkshire artists and makers.
The gallery will be owner, Alison Bartram’s second, along with her husband Paul they own the successful Heart Gallery in nearby Hebden Bridge. Alison commented: “I’m from Halifax and the Piece Hall has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, I even had a stall here in the ‘90s, so it really seemed like a natural fit for us to open our second gallery in the building.”
One other new feature will be a restaurant on the lower Arcade level. The restaurant is the idea of Justin Thomas who has previously worked at Leed’s ‘Friends of Ham’ where he was head chef. Opening from morning to evening the new restaurant will be a popular new feature with visitors.
There will also be a familiar Halifax face there on Yorkshire Day. Department store, Harveys of Halifax has decided to locate its homewares store in the Piece Hall selling exclusive brands.