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Halifax Hardcover – 30 Oct 2003
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Halifax 1st edition `This is an exhaustively researched and superbly illustrated history of a town clearly dear to Hargreaves's heart... Indeed, for anyone who shares his love of Halifax, or is interested in the development of the West Riding, it is essential.' Yorkshire Post `It is extraordinary that until now such an interesting and admirable place as Halifax should have no full-length history that traces its transformation from a remote Pennine settlement into a prosperous Victorian town. John Hargreaves' lively, clear, and very well-illustrated account is therefore all the more welcome. If this standard is maintained, the `Town and City Histories' series that it inaugurates will be applauded for presenting local history in a way that is both academically sound and widely accessible'. Northern History `Every local household that takes a serious interest in the town's rich past so influential on our present - ought to own a copy of `Halifax.' Halifax Courier `This fine work of synthesis will be valued by many different species of historian, no less so because the standard of book production is exceptionally high.' English Historical Review `His account is clear, well-written, lively and coherent...Halifax... now has an enjoyable, descriptive and interpretative history worthy of its regional and national importance.' The Local Historian Halifax 2nd edition In this new, enlarged edition, therefore, John Hargreaves has been able to update the final chapter as well as to provide a full revision of his text and to include more illustrations in a volume which, like the first version, is handsomely produced.' Yorkshire
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John A. Hargreaves is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Vice-President of the Halifax Antiquarian Society and has been Editor of the new series of `Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society' since 1992. He also served as Honorary Secretary of the Halifax Antiquarian Society for fifteen years and as President from 2001 to 2003. A native of Burnley, he was educated at Burnley Grammar School and the University of Southampton, where he obtained an honours degree in history and a postgraduate certificate of education. He subdequently obtained the degrees of MA with distinction and PhD, both following part-time study at the University of Huddersfield. He has taught history for over thirty years and is currently Head of Humanities at Howden Clough Girls' High School and Sixth Form Centre, Batley. He has lectured extensively on aspects of local history and has received three Yorkshire History Prize awards. Married with four children, he lives in Halifax, where he is a Methodist Local Preacher and a member of the Halifax urban renaissance town team. For recreation he enjoys music, swimming, tennis and fell walking.
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on 5 August 2010
I OWN ALL 3 VOLUMES OF ARTHUR PORRITT'S "IT HAPPENED HERE" HIS PHOTO ALBUMS "HALIFAX AS IT WAS" AND "HALIFAX OLD AND NEW" THE HALIFAX SKETCHBOOKS OF JOHN L. BERBIERS BUT, IN THE EVENT OF FIRE THE FIRST BOOK I WOULD TRY AND SAVE WOULD BE THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY "HALIFAX" BY JOHN A. HARGREAVES. I CAN ONLY ECHO THE NOTE FROM THE "HALIFAX EVENING COURIER" --EVERYONE TAKING A SERIOUS INTEREST IN THE TOWN'S RICH PAST AND IN THE SHAPE OF IT'S FUTURE SHOULD OWN A COPY OF "HALIFAX". I WAS EDUCATED AT CROSSLEY & PORTERS GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND JOINED THE HALIFAX BUILDING SOCIETY HEAD OFFICE. I AM PROUD OF MY TOWN AND ALTHOUGH IT'S BEEN 40 YEARS SINCE I LEFT. THIS BOOK BRINGS BACK SO MANY HAPPY MEMORIES. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK------------ "HALIFAX"--PRIDE OF YORKSHIRE!
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