Local history and heritage

Calderdale has a fascinating history and is rich in architecture and industrial heritage. Find out more here.

Ancient monuments

Ancient monumentsThe Conservation Team encourages conservation of built environment by providing specialist advice on the protection and enhancement of ancient monuments.

Calderdale's Coat of Arms

Coat of ArmsThe Coat of Arms were granted to Calderdale Council in 1977 when the area became a Borough. A badge was also produced to be used when the full coat of arms is not suitable.

Family history research

Family historyFamily history research has become a very popular pastime. More and more services are being made available over the Internet but a trip to your local Register Office can also be rewarding.

From Weaver to Web

From Weaver to WebCalderdale's history is available online. A wide range of photos, maps, census returns, parish registers, poll books, wills and newspapers have been digitised for easier access.

Glimpse of the past

Glimpse of the pastA look at Calderdale's past through the Libraries' Local History Collections.

Historical maps

Historical mapsHistorical maps, covering Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden, are available online for periods from 1851 to 1948.

Listed buildings

Listed buildingsThe database holds details of all buildings in Calderdale currently registered as listed.

Local studies and family history resources

Local studies and family history resourcesCalderdale Libraries hold a wealth of information of interest to historians and people tracing their family history. Resources include maps, newspapers, local antiquarian papers, trade directories and photos and online access to Ancestry and Find My Past.

The Piece Hall

Land and premisesThe Piece Hall, Halifax was built as a venue for merchants to display and sell their pieces of cloth. This listed building has now closed to undergo an exciting transformation, funded by Calderdale Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is due to re-open in 2016.

Wainhouse Tower

Wainhouse TowerOverlooking the Calder Valley, Wainhouse Tower is a prominent landmark with an interesting history.

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