Causey Hall, Halifax
Causey Hall, Halifax
Causey Hall, a Grade II listed building on the statutory list of buildings of architectural or historic merit, is situated adjacent to the vast medieval Grade I-listed St John's Parish Church and lies within Halifax Town Centre Conservation Area. It is a long, thin building of gothic style, built in stone with ornate window dressings and eaves details, under a slate roof. The Wakefield Diocese Church Organisation Society is the custodian Trustee of the Hall, on behalf of the managing Trustees, St John's Parochial Church Council (PCC), and it is used as the Parish Hall and offices.
Causey Hall window
Causey Hall (a recent name, taken from Causewayside which runs behind the building) was built as a Parish School. It opened in 1857 and accommodated 400 pupils. The ground floor, at the same level as the church and churchyard, was originally part-open providing a covered playground, there being insufficient land for an adequate outside yard (it also provided dry play space in wet weather). At first floor level (which is actually street level at the back) the main hall of the school remains, now flanked with service accommodation (full catering kitchens etc) where previously there would have been classrooms for girls and boys. Wings of two-storey accommodation off the back of the school, entered directly from Causewayside, originally provided houses for the church verger and the schoolmaster.
The Parish School, which was latterly an infants' school, closed in the 1960s, and was converted by the PCC to provide a community hall. A number of organisations rented space in Causey Hall or used the main hall for social events from time to time, but the rental income this provided has been insufficient to cover the maintenance costs for the building, which is beginning to fall into disrepair.
Heritage Works was approached by Calderdale Council and the PCC to explore the possibility of undertaking a refurbishment of Causey Hall and to convert it to new, viable uses, as well as offices and support accommodation for the Parish Church. Funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund, Heritage Works undertook an Options Appraisal study, and appointed Purcell Miller Tritton, conservation architects from York, to undertake a full condition survey and propose a repair strategy and options for reuse. This led to the PCC agreeing to grant Heritage Works a long lease of Causey Hall, to facilitate a regeneration project. An emergency works package has been put together, funded by Single Regeneration Budget and an AHF loan, which commenced in November and is scheduled to be completed before the end of January 2008. While emergency works are under way, Heritage Works will seek to identify potential tenants for a refurbished Hall, and explore the viability of a complete redevelopment of the building. The PCC will continue to occupy part of the building, as outlined in a lease agreement where the PCC will pay a peppercorn rent for a term of 25 years.