Halifax town walk to review number of “at risk” historic buildings in conservation area

This year a worrying number of historic buildings in Halifax town centre conservation area have become vacant. These include: the central post office custom built in mid C19, the magistrates' court, the county court, Holy Trinity church, the Theatre Royal, Harrison House (home of the Lit. + Phil Society founded in C18 which still has a stepped lecture theatre with its original leather-covered bench seats), Horton House, Somerset House (built by John Carr in 1766 with some amazing plasterwork by Cortese.

In 1998 HCT initiated the project to remove the surrounding shops and have it restored, which was eventually achieved backed by the the local council, HLF and other sources). Some of these are major Georgian buildings that predate the Victorian development which characterises Halifax.

HCT has been in communication with council officers and councillors. We are lucky in having an active Heritage Champion and there are still two part-time conservation of ficers. Some of these buildings have been on our at risk list for a while and we have been monitoring proposals put forward which failed to materialise for various reasons. To draw public attention to the matter, on Civic Day we have organised a walk-and-talk led by a local historian on our executive committee, round these sites which are fairly close together. We realise that these local landmarks are taken for granted by the people of Halifax who may not be aware that if no purpose can be found for them they will eventually deteriorate and may disappear altogether although most have the protection of Grade II listing.

The walk starts at 2-30 pm on Sat. 17 June.

More information from June Paxton-White at  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)