Halifax Diary Of Events

Halifax Diary Of Events 

January

1st   1853   Halifax Exchange opened

1st  1948  Sir Harold Mackintosh created a peer, he took the title of Lord Mackintosh of Halifax

2nd  1906  First Issue of the Halifax Daily Guardian

2nd  1907  Motor buses inaugurated at Todmorden

3rd  1900  Miss Porter gave Halifax an organ which was placed in the Victoria Hall

3rd  1925  Buses ran to Pecket Well and Oxenhope

6th  1939  Halifax Palace figured in 'Famous Music Halls' broadcast

6th   1960   Corporation to buy Victoria Hall

8th   1853   Halifax Courier was first published

11th  1923   Amalgamation of Sowerby Bridge, Sowerby and Norland

11th   1971   Heptonstall designated as conservation area of special interest

12th  1869  Lightcliffe National School opened

14th  1914  Trams first ran to Elland from Huddersfield

16th  1917  Fire burnt out St. John's church leaving only the shell of the building

18th  1862  Halifax Chamber of Commerce - first meeting

18th  1870  Halifax Drill Hall opening ceremony

20th 1863  A youth was 24 hours in the stocks in Northowram for Sunday gambling

21st   1941  Heavy fire damage at Elland Dyeing Company works

22nd  1882 Salvation Army began work in Hx

23rd  1964  Modernised New Victoria (formerly Victoria Hall) opened by Viscount Mackintosh

25th  1938  Inquiry into Halifax application to borrow £62,500 for swimming baths at Clare Hall

26th  1910  Ald. W.Smith donor of art gallery, received freedom of Brighouse

28th  1950  Opening of the Denham out-patient ward at Halifax Infirmary

29th  1924  Ministry of Health inquiry into Sunday music in People's Park


February

2nd  1935  Death of JH Whitley, former speaker of the House of Commons and 28 years M.P. for Hx

3rd  1896   Opening of Elland Council offices

4th   1853   Permanent Benefit Building Society first opened for subscriptions

5th  1927  Damage amounting to £20,000 by fire to Halifax Theatre Royal

6th  1946  Premiere show in Halifax of film "We of the West Riding"

6th   1947  Poll on opening Sunday cinemas (9935 for and 8349 against)

8th  1901   Halifax Victoria Hall opened

10th  1971  Heavy fire damage at Mytholmroyd hatchery

14th  1939  Last tram ceremonially driven from Ovenden by Mr Whiteley Lumb

16th  1967  Announced Mytholm Hall Estate to be bought by County Council

22nd  1919  YMCA opened at Clare Hall

26th  1880  Electric light first used in a Halifax mill

28th  1933  Princess Royal opened Kirby Lees as centre for the Nursing Association and  and new wards at Halifax Infirmary


March

1st   1877   John Abbott's Ladies Homes first occupied

3rd  1913  Stafford Square Methodist church opened

3rd  1951  Work started on Halifax Technical College extension (eventual cost £500,000)

5th   1947   Paton and Baldwin presented Spring Hall to the town

5th   1900   Fire at Danny Lane Mill, Ludd Foot £7000 worth damage

6th  1937  Bishop G. H. Frodsham, Vicar of Halifax and late Bishop of North Queensland died

7th   1865   Lord Savile sold rights to Halifax at a nominal figure of Savile Park

11th   1931   Opening of Alexandra Hall

12th  1903  Sir Henry Irving played in the Grand Theatre

12th  1923  Trams first ran to Brighouse from Huddersfield

12th   1925   Maternity Ward at Royal Halifax Infirmary opened by Princess Mary

13th   1965   Opening of Calder High School extensions

14th  1903  Centenary of Square School

21st  1926  Dean Head Church School destroyed by fire

21st/22n1948   Halifax civic centenary celebrations

23rd  1907  Boothtown Methodist Church opened

27th  1933  Archbishop of York (Dr Wm. Temple) opened new wing of Rishworth school

28th  1943  Last service at Hanover Methodist Church

31st   1932   First publication of 'Inheritance' by Dr Phyllis Bentley

31st  1937  Amalgamation of several local district councils came into force

31st   1958   Prime Minister (Mr Harold Macmillan) at Victoria Hall


April

1st     1965     saw a strike by 500 Halifax engineering workers that lasted 16 days. 

1st     1970     The Square Church, Halifax was listed for preservation

1st    1980     More than 270 workers at John Stirk engineers at Boothtown were made redundant

2nd  1931  Midgley Pace Egg play was broadcast from Leeds

2nd  1941   Death of Mr Shaw Hardcastle, a well known Halifax draper

2nd  1946  Soldiers' home run by Halifax Free Church Council in Trinity Road Baptist School closed after six and half years

2nd  1960  Mytholmroyd-born poet Ted Hughes won the 1960 Somerset Maughan award worth £500

2nd  1962  Severe fire damage at Hebden Cord Company, Old Gate, Hebden Bridge

2nd  1967  Last service at Sowerby Bridge Baptist Church before demolition and rebuilding

2nd  1969  Merger proposals of Mackintoshes and Rowntrees

2nd  1974  Rowntree Mackintoshes receive orders worth over £200,000 from Germany

2nd  1985  Rowntree Mackintosh to invest £5.75 million in Halifax factory but 140 jobs to go

3rd  1875   Todmorden Town Hall, the gift of the Fielden family, opened

3rd  1877   Stannary Congregational Church opened

 3rd  1909 - The new pavilion opened at Halifax Bowling Club

 3rd  1962 - A fire destroyed Heptonstall Cricket pavilion

 3rd  1963 - Halifax Town Council was to buy Wellesley Barracks for £33,000

 3rd  1983 - Alan Carter, aged 18, won the French 250cc motor cycle Grand Prix at Le Mans

4th  1903  Celebration of the centenary of Dean Clough Mills

4th  1914  The new clubhouse at West End Golf Club opened

4th  1953  Victoria Hall ceased to be a cinema

4th  1980  Halifax Rugby League beat Keighley to win promotion to Division 2

5th  1911  Bermerside given to Halifax by Mr A.Donald Oates and Miss Oates in memory of their late brother,  Edwin James Oates. The estate was bought for £5,000 and Mr and Mrs Oates paid for alterations to the house into an open air school at a cost of £1,000. In addition, £4,000 was set aside to start a covalescent home and form part of the Oates Trust Fund.

5th  1913  Sod cutting ceremony for the new St. John's Church, Rastrick

5th  1933  Test case in the High Court brought by the Performing Rights Society against the George Hotel, Brighouse. The hotel was banned from allowing the public performance (by radio) of any musical work.

5th  1935  First Halifax prosecution under 30mph speed limit.

5th  1939  New Burnley Road Inn to be called The Allan Fold, the licence being transferred from the Brown Cow Inn.

5th  1958  New child welfare centre opened in North Parade

5th  1979  Josephine Whittaker, 19,  was found murdered on Savile Park

6th  1907  Sod cutting ceremony of the proposed new Baptist Church at Ovenden

6th  1912  Boothtown United Methodist Church jubilee

6th  1940  Centenary of Cross Lanes Methodist Church, Hebden Bridge

6th  1973  Burdock Way, Halifax's £4.5 million relief road opens

6th  1976  Richard Dunn wins European heavyweight championship

6th  1967 Halifax Town Council accepted in principal scheme for three-phase development of property on lower side of Market Street and Northgate

7th  1947  Halifax Corporation Bus overturned at Salterhebble injuring 37 people

8th  1914  New Halifax sanatorium  at Shelf for the treatment of consumptive patients opened

8th  1918  Meat rationing started in Hx

8th  1926  Mayoress of Halifax and friends in car smash near Tadcaster. One of them killed

8th  1931  Gift of drinking fountain to Luddenden Foot by Mr Bernard Clay

8th  1934  Foundation stone laid for new Roman Catholic church at Underbank, Sowerby Bridge

8th  1944  Siddal Bottom mil destroyed by fire

8th  1948  Halifax Picture House operator Richard Farrar, aged 25, killed in a fire in the projection room (or 13th April?)

8th  1967  New £250,000 Westgate redevelopment scheme opened in Elland

8th  1972  Death of Mr Albert Edward Broadbent, Delight Farm, Barkisland, founder of local haulage firm

9th  1901  Opening of St. Luke's hospital (now General hospital) built bythe Halifax Board of Guardians at a cost of more than £100,000 by Mr. J.W Tillotson

9th  1910  Jubilee of Sowerby Bridge Co-op celebrated

9th  1924  Park Road Baths re-opened after reconstruction

9th  1930  Textile strike started

9th  1979  Wettest weekend ever recorded in Calderdale at the time - 2.37 inches of rain

9th  1980   Lord Kagan of Elland imprisoned in France

9th  1987  Shay Stadium saved. Calderdale Council agrees to step in and save Halifax Town with a plan which gives the club £210,000 to clear it's debts

10th  1926  New Middle School opened in Hebden Bridge

10th  1977  ITV's 'It's A Knockout' to be screened from Wellesley Park, Halifax

10th  1983  Tram Shed nightclub closed after 10 years

10th  1974  Major award for Kosset Carpet's Ltd, Brookfoot in national competition

10th  1979  Announced that Morrison's supermarket plans for extension approved

11th  1961   First meeting of Calderdale Water Board

12th  1952  Decision to buy The Coppice, St. Anne's by Halifax Old People's Holiday Home Trust

16th   1900   Opening of Conservative Club, Ripponden. Cost £3500

16th  1949  Halifax Co-op Society bought Arcade Royale

17th  1879  Second Heath Grammar school opened

19th   1952   Closing of St James's Church and amalgamation with St Mary's

21st   1936   Several people killed after runaway lorry crash at Greetland hill bottom

22nd  1859  Ludd Foot Congregational Church ( a gift of the Whitworth family) opened

22nd  1874  Opening of Holywell Green Congregational Church

22nd  1911  Salvation Army citadel opened in North Parade

23rd   1877   Consecration of St. George's Church, Lee Mount

23rd   1961   Opening of Elland Power Station

24th  1915  Consecration of St. Mark's church, Siddal

25th  1964    First multi-storey flats opened in Great Albion Street

26th  1930    Last meeting of Halifax Board of Guardians

27th  1875  Consecration of St. Augustine's Church, Hx


May

1st       1959   Last passing out parade at Wellesley Barracks

2nd    1958   Opening of Quarry House Special School, Northowram

3rd    1873    St Marys Church, Ludd Foot consecrated

3rd    1856   Cattle market opened off Gibbet Street, just above Hall Street

3rd     1952    Mr Arthur E.  Ellis of Halifax refereed F.A. Cup Final at Wembley

3rd     1957   Gift to National Trust of woodlands at Hardcastle Craggs in will of Mr Abraham Gibson

3rd     1957   Baitings Reservoir opened

4th  1934  Serious fire at Halifax Palace Theatre

5th   1876   Hanson Lane Cricket Ground first used

5th     1959   Opening of Technical High School and Ash Tree Infants School

6th  1899  Foundation stones laid for Victoria Hall

7th     1958    Halifax Council approved Wheatley Valley Development plan

8th     1945   VE Day dancing in Halifax streets

11th  1907  Ward's Cottage Homes, Pye Nest opened

13th   1942   Death of Sir Enoch Hill J.P. former head of Halifax Building Society

13th  1946  Dinner to celebrate liquidation of £371,000 debt on Halifax tramways undertaken

21st  1925  Closing services at Leadenhall Street Methodist Church, King Cross

21st    1955   Last passenger train on Halifax-Queensbury line

22nd  1909  Opening of Hebden Bridge Secondary School

23rd   1960   Opening of High Royd Sewerage Disposal Works, Sowerby Bridge

24th  1858   Hansom Cabs introduced into Halifax

24th  1890  Last Sunday School Jubilee held in the Piece Hall

24th  1952  Parade through Halifax on 250th anniversary of Duke of William Regiment

25th  1956   Closing of Grand Theatre

27th  1970  New Halifax Fire Station operational

29th  1907  Princess Louise opened Brighouse Art Gallery

29th  1935  Two cottages destroyed and one resident killed by petrol explosion in Mixenden

June

2nd     1928    JH Whitley MP for Halifax and Speaker at the House of Commons announced his retirement

2nd     1931    Opening of Prince's Arcade

5th  1915  Opening of St. Paul's Methodist church, Elland

5th      1958    Demolition of Manor Heath Mansion

6th  1939  Heath Grammar school extensions opened

10th   1867    Halifax Parish Church Schools opened at Dispensary Walk

15th  1898   Public library and park opened in Brighouse

16th    1962   Halifax one of a few towns with subscriber trunk dialling  system

18th  1945  Waterloo Day, Halifax "Freedom" ceremony to Dukeof Wellington's Regiment: Duke of Wellington was present

21st  1912  Railway smash at Charlestown Curve, Hebden Bridge, 4 killed

22nd   1965   End of Hebden Bridge Show

23rd   1855   Halifax Station opened - previously it was at Shay Syke

23rd  1881  Shroggs Park opened

23rd   1900   Opening of Brighouse Sewerage works

23rd 1916  Ald. Robert Thornton received freedom of Brighouse

26th   1900   Opening of new bridge at Godley by Mayor Coun W.Brear

26th   1937    New Children's Holiday home opened in Norland

26th   1981   Asda Superstore had a huge blaze at the 5 storey Battinson Road Mills, Pellon. As 140 firemen fought to contain the blaze, the roof collapsed sending a huge fireball into the night sky.

27th   1938   Opening of Halifax Odeon, Crossfield ( It had 2050 seats and charged between 6d (2.5p) and 1s 6d (7.5p). Three month later, the Regal opened in Wards End)

28th  1892  First issue of the Halifax Evening Courier

28th  1932  Opening of Bull Green House

29th  1893   Lion escaped in Halifax fairground

29th  1898  Trams first ran in Hx

29th  1947  providence Methodist Church, Queen's Road closed

29th   1954   Freedom of the town for Viscount Mackintosh

29th   1864   Crossley and Porter Orphanage opened for reception of children


July

3rd  1948  Opening of ante-natal ward at Halifax Infirmary, gift of Mrs Ada Ward in memory of her husband, Arthur Ward

6th   1893   Opening of Woodside Baths

6th  1950   Halifax Sunday Lecture Society disbanded after 55 years

7th  1922   Mr J.W Standeven gave Ebeneezer Methodist Church as a memorial to his mother

7th  1944  Arrivals in Halifax of evacuees from London

11th  1912  King George and Queen Mary visited Halifax

12th  1945  Announced that Mr. A.S. McRea .JP.  of Warley House had left his home to Halifax Infirmary as convalescent home and an endowment of £50,000

13th  1900   Conservative garden party at Ovenden Hall. Lady Crossley receives 4,000 guests

13th   1900   17 Union Mills destroyed by fire. Cost £20,000

13th   1931    Prince George visited Halifax 

14th   1945   First Halifax Wakes in July

15th   1857   Square Congressional Church opened

17th  1935  Halifax Extension Bill thrown out by House of Commons Committee. The Bill cost £8,619

17th  1940  Exley Park Hotel opened

22nd  1904  Wilson Barrett, the actor died

25th  1896  Duke and Duchess of York opened Halifax markets and the Infirmary

28th  1934  St. Mary's R.C. church consecrated by the Bishop of Leeds (Dr. J. Cowgill) Though built in 1836 no consecration service had followed until now

28th  1940  Stannary Congregational Church's last service

29th  1925  New X-ray ward opened at Halifax Infirmary

30th  1889  Prince Victor visited Hx

30th  1940  Mayor of Halifax(Ald. G.Barker) died at Crossley and Porter School's Speech Day

31st  1920  Ald. William Smith's orphan home opened at Brighouse

August

1st   1865   Elland Station opened

1st  1883  Parcel Post first used in Hx

1st    1953  Plans announced for new Elland Power Station   

4th  1863  Halifax Town Hall opened by Prince of Wales 

4th  1870  Consecration of St Marys Church, Rhodes Street

5th  1948  Lord Savile gave 250 acres of woodland to National Trust in Hardcastle : fund opened to buy another part of the valley

6th  1955  Ogden moors fire after driest year on record

7th  1907  Sir Savile.B.Crossley, J.Whiteley Ward, James Booth and John Whitley made freemen of Halifax

7th  1970  Redevelopment proposal for Brighouse Town Centre

8th  1878  First summer meeting on Halifax racecourse

8th  1902  King Cross Band played at Buckingham Palace

9th  1970 Earth tremor felt in Upper Calder Valley

10th  1963  Halifax Show held on Savile Park for first time

11th  1921  Cragg Hall destroyed by fire

12th  1898  Commission of the peace granted to Brighouse

15th   1944  First Halifax and District Agricultural Show at Shibden Park

14th   1857   Great rejoicing at opening of People's Park

15th  1944  First show of Halifax and District Agricultural Society at Shibden Park as pert of holidays at home arrangements

15th   1958   Bluecoat School, Harrison Road to close

19th  1893   Charter of incorporation arrived in Brighouse

20th  1950  Closing service at Pellon Lane Baptist church

21st     1921     Cragg Hall destroyed by fire

21st  1949 Wesley Chapel's closing services

22nd   1950   Miss Eileen Fenton, teacher at Princess Mary's High School, swam the channel

24th   1954   Opening  Crossfields Bus Station

27th   1964   Ouse River Board announced flood prevention scheme for Mytholmroyd

28th  1900   Opening of tram routes to Cote Hill and Ogden

28th  1938  Death of Lady Fisher-Smith of The Gleddings, Hx

28th  1940  Bull's Head Hotel, Bull Green(as rebuilt) opened

30th  1882  Halifax Higher Board school opened

31st   1877   Inauguration of Halifax Barracks

September

1st  1915  Highroad Well Congregational Church opened

2nd  1908  Halifax Old Age Pensions Committee formed

3rd   1894  Twenty five people drowned when boat overturned in Morecambe Bay. Hx people attempted rescue

4th  1890  High Level Railway opened

5th  1937  Closing services at Brunswick Methodist church

9th   1875   Completion of Wainhouse Tower

12th   1943    Death of Mr A.W Longbottom, Halifax's first Labour mayor and M.P for Halifax

14th   1900   Fire at Charnock's wood yard, Pellon Lane. Cost £10,000

14th  1905  Opening of Sowerby Bridge Public Library

16th  1949  Two men killed when aeroplane crashed at Blakedean

16th   1949   Two killed when plane crashed at Blakedean

16th  1952   Bishop of Leeds opened St Malachy's Roman Catholic Church

17th  1895  Rt. Hon. Sir James Stansfeld made Freeman of Hx

17th  1952  Exley County Modern Secondary School opened for pupils

18th  1886  Thrum Hall Football ground opened

19th  1888  Elland Town Hall opened

19th  1938  Opening of Regal Cinema

20th  1946   Heavy rain caused worst flooding's in memory along Calder Valley and relief funds opened

21st   1875   Consecration of St. Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe

21st   1927   Formation of Halifax Building Society through merger of Permanent and Equitable

21st   1931   Princess Mary opened Halifax Girl's School which was named after her. Received gifts amounting to £32,000 for extension

22nd   1951   Duke of Wellington's Regiment Memorial Chapel dedicated at Halifax Parish Church

23rd    1929   'Talkies' first shown in Halifax

23rd   1873   Opening of Halifax County Court, Prescott Street

23rd  1945  Announced that Patons and Baldwins Ltd would close several Yorkshire mills including some in Halifax when a new factory was built near Darlington

24th   1872   Halifax Liberal Association inaugurated

24th  1934  Patients first admitted to Northowram Isolation Hospital

25th   1957    New building of Percival Whitley College opened by Sir John Wolfenden

26th   1954    Serbian Orthodox Church at Claremount Road was opened by ex-King Peter of Yugoslavia

27th   1958    Opening of  Scaitcliffe School, Todmorden by Dr. Phyllis Bentley

27th   1900   David Billington broke Nuttal's 500 yards amateur record at Woodside Baths

28th  1878   Consecration of St. John's Church, Cote Hill

28th   1945    Patons and Baldwins announce plans for Darlington factory - closing Halifax mill

30th  1857   Sowerby Bridge Town Hall opened

October

1st      1963   Central development plan announced for Elland

2nd   1872   Northgate End Chapel opened 

3rd  1938  Lodge of Probity No. 61 Halifax celebrated 200 years continued existence

5th  1912  Arcade Royale opened

6th    1868   Halifax Piece Hall became a Corporation possession 

10th  1932  Halifax competitive music festival abandoned

12th   1933   Death of Mr John Lister M.A. of Shibden Hall, the distinguished historian

13th   1942   28 Acres of Savile Park ploughed up for food production

14th   1868   Brighouse Town Hall opened

15th  1907   Tram smash on Pye Nest route, 4 killed

15th   1926    Shibden Park opened by Prince of Wales

20th   1937    King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Halifax

25th   1937    Opening of Ovenden Senior School in Nursery Lane

25th  1871    North Bridge ceremoniously opened

26th  1854   The new church of St Thomas consecrated at Heptonstall

26th  1912  New St. Paul's Church, King Cross consecrated

27th  1854   Christ Church, Pellon consecrated

28th   1925   General Bramwell Booth (of the Salvation Army), Mr R.D Ward and Mr Joseph Whitaker made freemen of Halifax

29th   1900   Opening of new police station and courthouse, Harrison Road

30th  1900  First sitting of Halifax Magistrates in new court

31st    1854   Mayoral chain presented to the Mayor of Halifax

November

1st    1872   First Halifax election by ballot

1st    1916   Whittakers Brewery took over 22 Brear and Brown's properties

2nd  1859  Consecration of All Souls Church (the gift of Col.E.Akroyd)

2nd  1878  Football by floodlight on Hanson Lane ground

2nd  1906  New police station opened in Brighouse

2nd  1912   Stone laying ceremony at St Marks church, Siddal

2nd 1955  Halifax beat Hull 7-0 in Yorkshire Cup Final replay at Odsal

3rd  1918  Diamond Jubilee of All Saints Church

4th  1918   Gun week started in Halifax and raised more than £1,600,000. Guns brought to Halifax for the occasion were positioned at Barum Top

5th  1933   Luddenden Co-op to be taken over by Halifax Ind Society

5th  1953  Opening of Molletts store in Silver Street by Eric Portman

5th 1954   Death of Mr Eli Fielding of Fieldings Brewery, Bradshaw

6th  1944  Last bus service extended to 10pm from 9pm

6th  1956  Opening of Park Wood Crematorium, Elland

6th  1960  Gaumont to close

6th  1972  Effots to be made to save Wainhouse Terrace from planned road scheme

7th  1860  Greetland Church Consecrated

7th  1934   Stoney Royd fever hospital closed

7th 1962  Relief road planned between King Cross and New Bank

7th  1975  Opening of Halifax Piece Hall market

8th  1979 Halifax Evening Courier publishes it's 32,000th edition

9th  1934  Mrs M. Lightowler OBE J.P. elected first woman mayor of Hx

9th  1918  Ald. G.H. Smith (later Sir George Fisher Smith), the Rt. Hon J.H.Whitley M.P and Mr James Parker M.P. made Freeman of Halifax

13th  1897  Widened Elland Bridge reopened

18th  1874  Opening of Mechanics Institute, West Vale

18th  1931  Opening of Queensbury Catholic church

19th  1927  St. Paul's Sunday School, King Cross opened

22nd  1940 Bomb fell on Hanson Lane. 11 lives lost

24th + 25th  1922  Halifax competitive musical festival inaugurated

25th  1873  Opening of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic School

28th  1938  'Slasher' scare in Halifax. Scotland Yard men called in.

December

12th  1936  Bomber plane crashed on Wadsworth Moor near Hebden Bridge. 3 airmen killed

14th  1948  Town's meeting in Halifax decided by 166 to 42 votes in favour of a Corporation Bill to construct a reservoir above Hardcastle Crags

15th  1941  First British restaurant opened in Halifax Lower Market

15th   1961   Princess Royal opened Meredith and Drew, Ovenden

18th   1931   Opening of Queensbury Catholic Church JP became first woman mayor of Halifax

18th  1948  Explosion with loss of life, wrecked the spindle works of Jas. Ogden and Sons off Northgate, Hx

19th   1927   St Pauls Sunday School, King Cross opened

22nd  1940   Bomb fell on Hanson Lane - 11 killed

22nd  1917  Explosions at Hipperholme and Copley works

23rd  1944  V-bomb fell at Hubberton, Sowerby

27th   1957   Opening of Brighouse Corporation's Badger Hill Reservoir

28th   1938   Scotland Yard called in during Halifax 'Slasher' scare

28th   1900   Electric lighting scheme adopted by Brighouse Town Council

31st  1913  Halifax Eye, ear and throat hospial, Ward's End,  closed(it opened in 1886)