19 Mar

Halifax, a vibrant West Yorkshire town

Halifax, a vibrant West Yorkshire town

Halifax was once synonymous with the Industrial Revolution, being at the heart of England's wool production.

Nowadays, the scores of mills dotted across the town - including Dean Clough, formerly one of the world's largest textile factories - have largely closed down and been converted to alternative use, but Halifax remains a vibrant West Yorkshire community.

Textiles may no longer be a major employer, but several companies have arrived to pick up the slack. 

The most obvious is banking chain Halifax, which became part of the Lloyds Banking Group in 2008. 

Outside of financial services, the town also has a strong association with confectionary. John Mackintosh & Co - producer of brands such as Rolo, Toffee Crisp and Quality Street - was established in Halifax in the late 19th century, before merging with York-based Rowntree in 1969, then being bought by Nestle in 1988.

People searching property for sale in Halifax will also be pleased to know that there are plenty of options when it comes to entertainment.

The stylish Victoria Theatre regularly hosts shows and gigs; the Square Chapel: Centre for the Arts hosts everything from comedy workshops to world music performances; and Shay Stadium - within easy walking distance of the town centre - is home to the town's rugby league and football teams.

If you're more entertained by a spot of retail therapy, make sure to check out Harveys of Halifax - a long-standing, family-run department store that offers an extensive selection of fashion and lifestyle products in the surrounds of a splendid Victorian building.

And there's also Eureka! - the National Children's Museum, which has more than 400 award-winning exhibitions and is a great day out for all the family.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801780437-ADNFCR

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