Why Is Halifax Famous?
Halifax is a market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. It serves as the administrative centre of the borough and the headquarters of the Calderdale Council. Over 88,000 people live in the town.
The earliest records of the town’s existence goes back as far as the Anglo-Saxon times when it was part of the Wakefield manor under the control of King Edward the Confessor. It had become a religious centre in the 12th century, with the landmark Halifax Minster established in dedication to St John the Baptist.
Halifax’s cloth trade put the town on the map, as it had the largest cloth production in the old West Riding of Yorkshire for three centuries starting in the late 15th century. During the Industrial Revolution, the town thrived with its textile industry, manufacturing quality wool and carpets. Confectionery and beer were also strong exports of Halifax during that period.
The name Halifax is now also recognised as that of the major British banking brand. Halifax plc started as a building society in Halifax, and its headquarters remains in the town. Sports and culture also drive activity in the town, with its successful sports clubs, beautiful Victorian churches, and the historic Piece Hall as notable achievements.