HalifaxPeople Weekly 16-11-2020

Monday 16th November 2020

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This weeks focus is on Halifax Zoo

Halifax Zoo and Amusement Park opened at Chevinedge on the 29th May 1909 and was a major attraction until the effects of the war and the difficulty of obtaining the correct food for the animals meant the inevitable closure in 1916.

An excellent magazine by Harry Armitage as well as newspaper reports and a selection of photographs can help you to imagine the experience by reading here

On this day

16th November  

  • In 1863, Lydgate church in Todmorden was consecrated

17th November

  • In 1846, Elihu Burrett lectured in Halifax on 'Ocean Penny Postage' scheme
  • In 1863, Brookfoot mill burned down, damage of £12,000

18th November

  • In 1862, Thomsons Corn Mill, Eastwood burned down 
  • In 1874, Opening of Mechanics Institute, West Vale
  • In 1931, Opening of Queensbury Catholic church

19th November 

  • In 1927, St Paul's Sunday School, King Cross opened

21st November

  • In 1838, Poor Law riot at Todmorden
  • In 1853, Halifax Corporation Fire Brigade was formed

22nd November

  • In 1940, A bomb fell on Hanson Lane, killing 11 people.

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Picture Quiz

  1.  Name the pub
  2. Name the street
  3. Name the building
  4. Name the pub

Last weeks answers:-

Pic 1. Orange Street and 'The Star' pub

Pic 2. Ripponden junction

Pic 3. Sowood - Making Place

Pic 4. Bottom of Southowram Bank 

Re-visit last weeks page

Pubs of the Past

This weeks pubs were close to the site where Halifax Zoo stood

Exley Park was built in 1939 so missed the excitement of the zoo.

Malcolm Bull's site says 'Poltergeist activity has been reported at the Hotel, including

  • The sound of footsteps above a bedroom
  • Brass plates have been moved from a chimney breast and thrown on the floor

These have been said to be the work of Old Jim, a worker who was killed during construction of the building.

The pub closed [2015] and was demolished [November 2017] and the site used for housing.

The Punch Bowl at Salterhebble was certainly around at the time of the zoo. It must have benefited too as it displayed adverts for the events.

The pub was recorded in 1829 and is still standing today, although it's been empty for several years and in a poor state. It's days are numbered.

Siddal Place, 1 Oxford Lane, Siddal. This has been a Websters pub and recorded as far back as 1871.

There is a Halifax website that has as much information about our town as all our local libraries put together and is also an amazing read. I have lost count of the number of times I have lost myself in the never ending tardis of local information. This is the amazing website of:-

Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion

Malcolm has very kindly allowed me to use information and photographs off this website. Unfortunately, some photos which were given to him were not the originals as they were claimed to be by the giver. Therefore, if you are the rightful owner, please let me know and I will treat them as per your instructions.


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