Local history and art: People of All Souls

Since 2019, as part of the 160th celebrations, the small volunteer team at All Souls, Haley Hill have been gathering fond memories through stories, photographs and video clips from people with emotional ties to the church which closed to a congregation in 1977.

Jackie and David Butterfield wedding 1970’s

So many memories shared of weddings, family christenings, tales from the Sunday school, the amateur operatic society and the award winning bell ringers bring the building to life. If you have any memories to share please do bring them along.

Jackie and David Butterfield 2021

Owned by the Churches Conservation Trust it is generally closed to the public but the volunteers always give their time to open the doors during the September Heritage celebrations and take part in the Halifax Heritage Trail.



This year they hope to welcome visitors 10-4pm on 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th September.

The rich heritage of this church designed by renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott originates with Colonel Edward Akroyd, marked by his statue alongside. A man before his time he built Akroydon and Copley Village for his mill workers which were two of the first model villages in England. He was an MP, one of the founders of the Yorkshire Penny Bank and donated his manor house that became Bankfield Museum. A visit to the museum is a must to find out so much more.

The church itself is spectacular but we also offer local history walks and refreshments at the old Sunday school as well as the fifth solo exhibition of paintings by local artist Jane Austin.

The exhibition ‘Feast for the Eyes’ will include all Jane’s local heritage prints, the Shibden Collection and many new paintings which fully reflect the range of her work. Commission is donated to All Souls c/o The Churches Conservation Trust.

Make sure that you don’t miss out in September on the rich heritage of our town, full details of all events listed at www.discoverhx.com, VisitCalderdale.com and the Discover Halifax Hub at Woolshops.

Connect with the volunteers at www.facebook.com/allsoulshaleyhillcommunity Artist at www.janeaustin.co.uk

The original art of Jane Austin features on our front cover this month.