Halifax Borough Market – dark and light, hard and soft, functional lines and extravagant curves … and dripping with colour. Come to think of it, that could be a suitable description of the town itself.
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The Victorians were good at Town Halls: built with equal parts of civic pride, cheap labour and local taxes. Town Halls, sewers, churches and chapels – the Victorians were big on them all. Elland Town Hall never functioned as a seat of local government; but parts of it have been used as all manner of things over the years: from assembly halls to cinemas, from restaurants to tanning studios. Whatever the use – or lack of it – it remains a stunning building.
The ethereal spire of All Soul’s Church seems to almost float above the mills, shops and apartments, as though it’s determined to grab the spiritual high ground. This is high church, Halifax style.
A day out in Skipton – a return to normality of types. I am sure, however, that normality used to involve wild parties, exotic travel and racing through the sun-soaked countryside in an open-top E-type. Ah well, we had a cup of tea and shared a chocolate muffin and then came home for a snooze. New normality.