Halifax Memories 5a
Halifax Memories 5a - 'Halifax old and new' A to K continued
- Barum Top - in 1606 was called Bourame and in 1797 was called Berum.
- Beacon Hill - 850 ft above sea level. it is mentioned in Halifax history from 1615. The coiners were hung in chains there (1774-1783). Like many other hills bearing the name in England, it was used in ancient days for warnings, and in later years for jubilations. Payments have been made for providing and watching the beacon lights. It was in 1872 that the pan fell, but it was re-erected for the late Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
- Birks Hall was built, or rather re-built in 1699, and was the residence of Dr Samuel Threapland (schoolmaster and M.D.) In 1776, Mr Ramsbottom conveyed to the Halifax Trustees for £300 a spring of water arising in Birks Wood. In 1853, Mrs Lancashire and Mrs Brook gave £400 and land for building Pellon Church and Parsonage.
- Broad Street and Waterhouse Street were formed in about 1824 and considered very handsome thoroughfares. Wesley Chapel was built in 1829.
- Booth Town was originally called The Boothes and then Boothstown. In 1687, Dr Jeremiah Hall provided by will for the alms-houses and hence Hall Street. The old mansion dates from 1769 with initials of the Edleston family 'J.N.E'. According to Mr Lister, the origin of the name is from the Boothes. The wor 'Boothes' signifies cots or huts.