Halifaxpeople Blog 21

Wainhouse-Tower is a folly in the parish of King Cross, on the south west side of Halifax. At 275 feet (84 m), it is the tallest structure in Calderdale and the tallest folly in the world, and was erected in the four years between 1871 and 1875. The main shaft is octagonal in shape and it has a square base and 403 steps leading to the first of two viewing platforms. The tower is open to the public during bank holidays, and is a Grade II* listed building.

View the Wainhouse Tower Story

Amazing photo. Who is the photographer?


On This Day 

  • 21st  1838, Poor Law riot at Todmorden
  • 21st  1853, Halifax Corporation Fire Brigade was formed
  • 21st 1913  Halifax Madrigal Society command performance before the King
  • 21st 1935  Pepper Hill Methodist Chapel, Shelf collapsed in ruins
  • 21st 1942  Heavy damage caused by fire at Owler Ings Mills, Brighouse

Then and Now


Halifax History Picture Quiz

The Halifax Evening Courier ran a column for many years called 'The Trend of Things' where they printed a local photograph which was often poor quality. See if you can recognise these places.

1. Where is this?


3. Where is This

Answers Tomorrow

2. Name The Pub


4. Where is This

 Answers from Yesterday

1. Shears (now called '1885' or 'Dean Clough Inn')

2. Top of George Street (now Georges Square)

3. The Shay (before the football ground)

4. Heathcliffe (Abbey Park estate)


I'll Have A Pint

13 Mason Green, Keighley Road. Aka The Hen's Face.

It was a Stocks pub [1904], later becoming a Webster's pub.


Send us a photo that typifies any area in Calderdale and it can be the picture on top of a 'Daily' page.

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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 and any other photographs as per your instructions.


Wish You Were Here

Postcard From Halifax

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