A History of Halifax: from pre-historic times to the present day

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This long-awaited book, due out in March 2020, will be the only full history of Halifax available, and it will almost certainly never be bettered. The town has a wonderfully rich and interesting past, celebrated and enhanced by recent developments, all covered in A History of Halifax. Whether the book is bought as a treat for self or as a gift, it will inform and delight in equal measure.

Author: John A. Hargreaves
Imprint: Carnegie Publishing
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-85936-237-2
Extent: 416 pages
Format: 243 x 169mm
Illustrations: over 200, colour
Pub. date: 27 March 2020


1 review for A History of Halifax: from pre-historic times to the present day

  1. William Marshall, journalist and historian

    … despite… geographical and ecological handicaps, Halifax and its large parish – including the Calder Valley – became a nationally important centre of industry and enterprise. By the Tudor period, the rise of its textile trade was one of the wonders of the age and the sheer variety of its later industries – from engineering to confectionary – meant that it was well-equipped to ride out economic slumps.

    When this wider narrative is fleshed out by intriguing details such as the town’s once-infamous Gibbet Law – which saw felons beheaded by a prototype guillotine ­– and local characters such as the eccentric chatelaine of Shibden Hall, Anne Lister – alias ‘Gentleman Jack – it is obvious that Halifax has one of the most distinctive and varied histories of any English town and district.

    Copiously illustrated and comprehensively updated, [this book’s] ambitious scope is summed up by its full title: A History of Halifax from prehistoric times to the present day. It provides just that.

    Since its first publication, A History of Halifax has been widely acknowledged as one of the best and most comprehensive volumes of English local history.

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