Old Halifax was to be found in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974 when it became part of the new county of West Yorkshire along with other towns and cities including Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds and Wakefield. Halifax featured in sheets 230 and 231 of the Ordnance Survey 6″ inch series of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The table below gives a breakdown of the areas covered by the Halifax area maps. Brief excerpts are also shown from the Kelly’s Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire 1881 to give a flavour and character of the area.
Old Halifax map 1933 – Special Edition
Halifax Area Maps – 1893, 1908 and 1933
|North West Halifax||Yorkshire 230 NE||Mount Pellon, Mount Tabor, Ovenden, Wheatley, Booth and Luddenden|
|North East Halifax||Yorkshire 231 NW||Halifax centre, Boothtown, Stump Cross, Hipperholme and Northowram|
|South West Halifax||Yorkshire 230 SE||Sowerby Bridge, Warley, Sowerby, Norland, King Cross and Friendly|
|South East Halifax||Yorkshire 231 SW||Halifax centre, Southowram, Copley, Siddal, Salterhebble and Savile Park|
HALIFAX is a municipal and parliamentary borough, large market town and polling place for the Northern division of the Riding, in the extensive and populous parish to which it gives name; it ranks next to Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield, as a manufacturing town, and is situated on a gentle eminence rising from east to west and, shielded by a chain of hills from north-east to south-east, is the head of a union and county court district, in the wapentake of Morley, and gives name to a rural deanery in the archdeaconry of Craven, and diocese of Ripon: it is 7 miles south-west from Bradford, 16 1/4 south-west from Leeds, 37 1/4 from Sheffield, 47 from Doncaster, 21 1/2 from Rochdale, 13 north-east from Todmorden, 44 3/4 from York, 10 north-north-west from Huddersfield by rail and 7 by road, 16 north-west from Wakefield, 24 north-east from Manchester and 194 from London by road and 203 by railway.
The trades carried on are worsted spinning and manufacturing, wire manufacturing,cotton and woollen card making, the manufacture of damasks and table covers, engineers’ tool
and machine making, dye works, woolstapling and wool extracting; there are also chemical works,and extensive carpet and rug manufactories.
The firm of John Crossley and Sons Limited, carpet manufacturers, is one of the most important firms in Halifax ; it furnishes employment to more than 4,000 operatives, a large proportion of whom are heads of families. The business was originated more than half a century ago by Mr. John Crossley, who died January, 1837: subsequent to his death, its transactions were ‘Vastly extended by his three sons