Halifaxpeople Weekly 9-11-2020

Monday 9th November 2020


Colonel Edward Akroyd

Lieutenant Colonel Edward Akroyd (1810–1887), English manufacturer, was born into a textile manufacturing family in 1810, and when he died in 1887, he still owned the family firm. He inherited "James Akroyd & Sons Ltd." from his father in 1847, and he became the owner of one of the country's largest worsted manufacturers.

He established mills at Haley Hill in Halifax and then at Copley, two miles or so to the south. He proved to be a very successful businessman, and his firm made him very prosperous. At Haley Hill, not far from his mills, he extended a large mansionBankfield, and then went to live there.


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On this day

9th November 

  • In 1769, Mr Deighton, exciseman, was shot by coiners at Halifax
  • In 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
  • In 1934, Mrs M Lightowler OBE JP was elected first woman mayor of Halifax

12th November

  • In 1859, was the Rastrick outrage
  • In 1863, the Halifax school of Arts exhibition

13th November

  • In 1848, Halifax Borough police were first on duty
  • In 1897, Elland Bridge was reopened after widening

14th November

  • In 1854, suffocation of a man at Hartley's drying house, Shaw Hill
  • In 1854, Boiler explosion and 4 persons killed at Balmforth's mill, Elland

15th November

  • In 1839, Sowerby Bridge Exhibition closed
  • In 1863, United Methodist Free Church School opened in Hove Edge

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Picture Quiz

Where are these places?

Last weeks answers:-

Pic 1 was Old Cock Yard, next to Wilkinsons

Pic 2 was Popples Almshouses off School Lane, Holmfield

Pic 3 was Hall End on Commercial Street

Pic 4 was Shakespeare Inn when it was situated 

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Pubs of the Past

This weeks pubs were all close to All Souls Church

Coach and Horses, 83 Haley Hill

It is known to have stood here in 1866 and was demolished in 2008. It was a Whitaker's run pub before being bought by Whitbread in 1968. There is now a Lidl supermarket outlet in it's place.

Victoria and Albert, 24 and 26  Victoria Street North/Albert Street/Haley Hill.

Known to have been open in 1881 and closed in 1931. 

Friendly, 2 New Town, Haley Hill

Opened in 1848 and demolished in 1930 for road widening but Whitaker's rebuilt it. It closed in 2009.


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