Halifax-Parish-Church, King Street and Cripplegate

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The exact year of the erection of the first church is unknown, but it was about the year 1100. The church was rebuilt in the years from 1399 to 1438 and was extensively restored in 1879. It was the first stone building in the parish. Indeed, for a century or so after the completion, there was no other stone building.

The tower, commenced in 1449, took nearly 40 years to build, and it was said that for simple dignity, it was unrivalled in the whole of the West Riding. 

Thought to be the third church on this site. The earliest evidence is from the Norman period and there are carved chevron stones from the 12th Century.

Halifax grave cover in the Minster dated circa 1100

An early drawing of the church around 1700

Lower Kirkgate, 1825, by John Horner. This drawing, published in 1835, also shows old houses prior to their demolition in 1825, heralding a period of urban expansion in the second quarter of the 19th Century. One of the half timbered buildings in the foreground bears the sign 'Bradley - Gingerbread maker, wholesale and retail'. (photograph courtesy of Bankfield Museum)

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Houses above the Ring o'bells

A collection of interior Minster photographs can be found here

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