From Weaver to Web: Online visual archive of Calderdale History
Welcome to the online visual archive of Calderdale history, giving access to over 23,000 images, accompanied by supporting historical information.
The Calderdale area includes the towns of Halifax, Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.
From Weaver to Web provides access to a wide range of material which may be particularly useful to local and family historians interested in this area.
You will find photographs and postcards, maps, trade directories and handbills, among many other types of historical sources.
This aerial shot of the Technical College also shows Peoples Park to the top right.
Technical education in Halifax started with the Mechanics Institute in 1825, first at Woolshops and then at Square Road.
The present building for the Halifax Technical College was built by Benjamin Whitehead Jackson in 1895, offering training skills.
After extensive building work, Percival Whitley College was opened on 25th September 1957 on the same site by Sir John Wolfenden, C.B.E., Vice Chairman of Reading University. It offered courses in subjects such as heating engineering, motor mechanics and design work.
The Princess Mary High School opened in 1931 closed in 1984 when it merged with Highlands School. The building was taken over by Percival Whitley College, later becoming Calderdale College. Halifax New College, and Halifax School of Integrated Arts, these institutions were more recently combined to create Calderdale College.
Still standing 2002.