We had a lovely day out in Yorkshire. It’s been years since I went back to my hometown so it was a treat to visit some of my childhood haunts. Halifax, West Yorkshire otherwise known as Toffee Town famous for its Mackintosh chocolate and toffee. Halifax is also well known as a centre of England’s woollen manufacture from the 15th century onward, originally dealing through the Halifax Piece Hall. The Piece Hall as shown below opened on 1 January 1779, with over 300 separate rooms arranged around a central courtyard it is now home to lovely independent shops, cafes, the occasional live brass band and a regular market.I remember Royd Ices from my childhood, running to the ice cream van in summer to buy a 99′ ice cream. Royd Ices is a family run business originally established in 1889. I love the hand painted vans, the colours and the fonts used that are very quite regular. Bloomin’ marvellous.
Amongst the independent retailers within the Piece Hall are a number of Vintage clothes shops including Vintage Darling, they had some lovely pieces including a turquoise woolen 1960’s Skirt suit and a cracking shirt dress in dark blue. The stock ranged from 1950’s through to 70’s ladieswear with a great selection of headscarves at £2 each. Vintage Darling describe themselves as ‘the affordable extravagance’ which I love.
Featured on the Guardian Readers Tips- Bookshops Around The World The Piece Hall Bookshop really is a literary destination with thousands of rare specialist books from multiple genres. Piled pretty high it’d be easy to get lost in there for hours if not days, the perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon.
Halifax Borough Indoor Market is a great big stunning Victorian building that houses fruit & veg stalls, cafes, clothes stalls and everything in between. The architecture is incredible and there are huge, heavy doors to walk through to get inside. The Max Crossley Fruit stall has been in the centre of the market under the clock for as long as I can remember, what a fantastic bit of hand painted signage.
We hung out in front of the fire in the afternoon drinking tea and chatting about art. Joyce and my Dad discussed Hockney’s latest work, his use of photoshop and the latest Lucian Freud exhibition that’s on in London at the moment. After our pot o’ tea we headed to the Bankfield Museum which we frequented as children and loved so dearly, steeped in Victorian history the Bankfield Museum is set in the former home of Sir Edward Akroyd. The Museum has a permanent collection of vintage children’s toys, a chapel, a collection of historical costume from both England and around the World and boasts regular visiting exhibitions. If you’re into historical fashion & textiles you can request to view the archive by appointment to view clothes from the decade of your choice. I once spent a day studying the Victorian riding costumes from the archive, it’s so inspiring to see such well constructed garments up close. Ahh sweet memories of Toffee Town.
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