Local history and heritage
Calderdale has a fascinating history and is rich in architecture and industrial heritage. Find out more here.
The Conservation Team encourages conservation of built environment by providing specialist advice on the protection and enhancement of ancient monuments.
The 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 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.
Calderdale'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.
A look at Calderdale's past through the Libraries' Local History Collections.
Historical maps, covering Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden, are available online for periods from 1851 to 1948.
The database holds details of all buildings in Calderdale currently registered as listed.
Calderdale 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, 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.
Overlooking the Calder Valley, Wainhouse Tower is a prominent landmark with an interesting history.