Halifax, West Yorkshire

Halifax (/ˈhælɪfæks/) is a minster town[1][2] in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. It is the commercial, cultural and administrative centre of the borough, and the headquarters of Calderdale Council. In the 15th century, the town became an economic hub of the old West Riding of Yorkshire, primarily in woollen manufacture. Halifax is the largest town in the wider Calderdale borough. Halifax was a mill town during the industrial revolution.


From top left: Halifax Town Hall, All Souls Church and Halifax Skyline, Madini Jamia Mosque, Halifax Minster and Dean Clough Mills.
Location within West Yorkshire
Population88,134 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSE090254
 London165 mi (266 km) S
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHalifax
Postcode districtHX1-HX4
Dialling code01422
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53.725°N 1.863°W / 53.725; -1.863
Coat of arms

From New Year's Day 1779, manufacturers and mercers dealt internationally in such articles through its grandiose square, the Piece Hall. Halifax is known for Mackintosh's chocolate and toffee products including Rolo and Quality Street. The Halifax Bank was founded and has large offices in the town. Dean Clough, north of the town centre, was once one of the largest textile factories in the world at more than 12 mile (800 m) long; today the building has been converted for office and retail use including a gym, theatre, Travelodge and radio station.