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The Grade I listed Piece Hall, dating from 1779, is the last of the great northern cloth halls constructed as a means to trade "Pieces" of cloth in the 18th century.
Designed by Thomas Bradley in an Italianate style, the Piece Hall took 4 years to complete and was paid for by an association of subscribing manufacturers along with land donated by John Caygill. The finished hall was a sight to behold with its 315 rooms built over 3 levels and a large open courtyard measuring 91 x 110 yards.
The Piece Hall thrived to become one of the largest trading centres in the region and merchants are reported to have travelled from all over Europe to purchase cloth. This success did not last however, and with the onset of the Industrial Revolution by the mid 19th century less than 200 rooms were occupied. This decline in use made way for the hall to be used in a number of different ways including political meetings and a variety of public events. The hall continued to be used for various events until 1871 when it would become a wholesale market for fish, game, fruit and vegetables. It remained this way for almost a century, by which time, it had become a shadow of its former self. Fortunately The Piece Hall was given Grade I listed status and the decision was made to restore the building for greater public use. After re-opening in 1976 the hall once again began to thrive with many independent shops, an outdoor market and new attractions such as an art gallery and museum.
Today the Piece Hall remains a popular attraction and still stages one-off events and activities. The weekly markets, however, declined in popularity and they are no longer held in the courtyard. It was because of this decline of the hall as a retail centre which prompted much needed action from the council so that the halls full potential could be realised. Plans are now in place to bring the Piece Hall into the 21st Century including ambitious proposals to transform the courtyard into the public town square of Halifax.
For full details of the many unique shops still located at the Piece Hall please see the website listed below. The plans are now in action and the Piece Hall is now closed for redevelopment.

Opening Times:
The Piece Hall is currently closed for redevelopment, please see the Piece Hall website for more details.
Disabled Access to The Piece Hall
Blackledge Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1RE
Tel: 01422 321002

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