Local history and heritage

Calderdale has a fascinating history and is rich in architecture and industrial heritage.

Ancient monuments

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


Calderdale's Coat of Arms

Interpretation of the Coat of Arms granted and assigned to Calderdale on 1 November 1977, when Borough status was conferred on the Council.


From Weaver to Web

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. This includes the pages of the Halifax Courier for the years 1914-1918.


Glimpse of the past

Have you ever wondered about Calderdale's past, or looked at a building and felt curious about its origins?


Historical maps

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


Listed buildings

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


Local studies and family history in libraries

Information on the resources offered in Calderdale libraries to anyone interested in local and family history.


The Piece Hall

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.


Wainhouse Tower

Pay a visit, climb the internal spiral staircase, take in the fantastic view from this fabulously ornate, 77 metres (253 feet) high Victorian chimney!