Halifax Piece Hall: Around The World Art #020
Halifax Piece Hall, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England
It has been described as: "A town square to match any of those in Europe".
The Halifax Piece Hall is a building in the town centre of Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, originally built as a sales centre for woollen handloom weavers. It opened on 1 January 1779, with over 300 separate rooms arranged around a central courtyard. The term piece refers to pieces of cloth that were sold. As factories started up in the early nineteenth century the trade in handwoven wool declined and around 1815 the rules were changed to allow the sale of cotton goods.
This structure, which was completed at an expense of 12,000 UK Pounds and opened on 1 January 1779, unites elegance and convenience. It contains three hundred and fifteen separate rooms.