On Saturday 2nd February on a glorious sunny but freezing day, residents of Calderdale were invited to join the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Marcus Thompson, to unveil a new heritage information board on the infamous Gibbet.
A small crowd gathered at the site of the Gibbet which is located only a short distance away from the town centre, on the junction of Bedford Street and its namesake Gibbet Street. David Glover, chair of the Park Ward Heritage Working group and local historian, gave a brief history of the Gibbet before inviting the Mayor to unveil the board.
Funded by Calderdale Council the new lectern replaces the old information board which went missing many years ago. The Park Ward Neighbourhood Forum has made Park’s wards abundance of heritage one of their top priorities and felt it was essential to relay this important (although some may say ghastly) structure that sits within its boundaries. Included on the board is the known names of people who were executed over the 400 years when it was in use.
The group then took the 15 minute walk to Halifax into the Piece Hall, to view the original blade used in the 1650’s, which is owned by Calderdale Museums and is currently on display in the welcome centre.
The Information board is available to view 24/7 and it is free to visit the site