The old Crossley Orphanage – now the Crossley Heath School – remains one of the most handsome buildings in Halifax. Nevertheless – almost 50 years after I attended it – I still have nightmares about getting lost within its labyrinthine corridors.
An old postcard reminds me of one of the lost churches of Brighouse which was once the home of glorious windows by Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown.
This was advertised as a vintage postcard on eBay, but it shows a Halifax I remember well. I caught a bus from that stop, I went to the Saturday morning cinema club at that cinema. I have become vintage in my own lifetime. A little further investigation gives a more reliable date range. The Victoria Hall was still being used […]
A postcard from 1904 showing Southgate in Halifax. The buildings have a warm familiarity about them. Ryley’s stationers brings back warm memories of ledgers and Quink Ink. 29 December 1904 : To: Miss Richardson c/o Mrs Rawson, The Banks, Padiham, LancashireDear Nance, Thanks for the P.C. I am sorry you did not get the one I sent before. Winnie forgot […]
With some old picture postcards, all you need is a big magnifying glass and a spare morning, and you can get lost in history (and with digital technology you don’t even need the magnifying glass, just a good scan and a decent zoom). This old picture postcard of Ward’s End in Halifax is a case in point. It provides a […]
POSTCARDS FROM HOME : BULL GREEN, HALIFAX (1950s) Bull Green, Halifax in the 1950s. Little has changed as far as the built environment is concerned, but it is a different world revolving around the roundabout these days. I suspect that this postcard dates from the 1950s, but as it was never postally used I have no proof of that. The […]
Postcards From Home : Commercial Street, Halifax (1908) When it came to buildings, the folk of West Yorkshire favoured banks and chapels; temples to the soul and to commerce; brass and bibles. This fine building was erected in 1898 for the Halifax and Huddersfield Union Banking Company. To make way for it, part of Somerset House was demolished, but architectural […]
On old picture postcard of the Lock House, Salterhebble. This is the point where the old Halifax Arm used to leave the canal. The arm is long gone – perhaps it’s the fault of the guillotine lock!
Much of my early life seems to be in this old picture postcard. My father worked at the factory on the left; for a time I worked in the mill on the right. My school is on the horizon, my youth on the soot-coated streets around the market.