Halifax and Dean Clough
Saturday 15th October 2011
Our autumn day trip will take us by coach to Halifax. Mark Hide will guide us around Dean Clough Mills, once the world's largest carpet factory and now transformed to accommodate a great variety of new uses. We will also visit several other remarkable buildings in the town and consider the town's Victorian past and the philanthropy of its industrial barons:
- Dramatically sited textile mills, of up to a million square feet, are now being adapted for modern use;
- the Piece Hall, built as a cloth market, 1775;
- Akroydon workers' housing and the mill-owner's own mansion, now a museum;
- and All Souls Haley Hill: "on the whole, my best church" (Sir George Gilbert Scott).