Savile Hall, Halifax



The original Savile Hall building was erected in 1726 and faced on to, what is now, Savile Park Road.

There is a datestone 17 RBF 26, possibly for Robert and Barbara Fawcett.

Subsequent owners and tenants have included

A later building was added [around 1830]

The name Savile Hall appears on Thomas Day's map of 1835.

On 7th January 1835, following the window-breaking election, it was partially destroyed by rioters. The windows, verandah, front door and portico were damaged.

Anne Lister's diary records

the damage done by the mob, £2,000 of which said to be done at Mr James Norris's. All the furniture of the lower rooms utterly destroyed – pictures and books thrown about in all directions – all the windows broken, & frames torn out

Norris claimed and recovered £799 from the county for the damage to his property.

In 1930, a further extension was added to the west end of the 1830 building.

In 1931, Halifax High School for Girls was here.

In 1933, the Hall became the new Holy Trinity Senior School when the Holy Trinity schools on Harrison Road became overcrowded. The Hall was bought for £5,000.

With the Education Act [1944], it was decided that Savile Hall was inadequate, and a new school would have to be built. In order to remain under the control of the Church of England, the diocese would have to raise half the cost of the project.

In 1950, an appeal was launched to raise £30,000 for a new Holy Trinity secondary school.

Work on the new Holmfield School began in April 1961 and the first pupils moved in by May 1962.

In 1966, Savile Hall became Holy Trinity Junior Boys & Girls School. There were several extensions and additions to the buildings in the 1960s.

In 1985, a new sports hall was built on the western part of the site, following fund-raising by Rev Jack Freeborn.

The 1726 building is privately owned. The 1830 building is currently empty [2010] and up for sale.

The additions of the 1960s are to be demolished.

In 2011, Free School Lane surgery was moved to here as the new Boulevard Health Centre




© Malcolm Bull 2018
Revised 08:34 /5th March 2018 / mms22 / 7074

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