Posted On: 24 Oct 2017

Chartered surveyors Walker Singleton is the latest business to show its support for the recently restored Piece Hall in Halifax by becoming a corporate member.  Alongside this, the company – which was founded in Sowerby Bridge in 1889 before moving to Halifax – is donating to The Piece Hall Trust an original handbill from 1826, unearthed several years ago.

The 19th century handbill which was used to promote the sale of six rooms in the Grade 1 Listed building, had been hidden in a roll of documents stored in the company archive.  The bill offers for sale half a dozen individual rooms on The Piece Hall’s Arcade Level, following the death of their owner, a Mr David Jennings of Sowerby.  The bill gives an authentic insight into the building’s past.

Nicky Chance Thompson, Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “The Piece Hall was originally built by the traders of Halifax, as a place where enterprise flourished. Through the support of our members like Walker Singleton, we are able to secure the long-term future of this great building which once played a vital part in the town’s economic life and already is playing a leading role as a contemporary public space for culture, heritage and trade.”

In donating to The Piece Hall Trust a handbill that dates back almost 200 years, Walker Singleton is contributing a wonderful small detail from the past life of the building. Since its discovery, the handbill has had pride of place on the office wall of director David Heap who felt that joining the corporate membership scheme was the perfect moment to pass it on to the Trust.

David Heap comments: “I fell in love with The Piece Hall back in the 1970s when I was involved with letting some of the spaces and am so thrilled to see how, once again, this magnificent building is at the centre of Halifax life, following its restoration.  I walk through the superb new courtyard every day and each time I see first-hand the positive impact the transformation has had on the town; from children playing in the water features, to shops bustling with customers and it felt natural that we would be part of the building’s next chapter.”

Those businesses playing a key role in the future of The Piece Hall by signing up to be a corporate member benefit from exclusive invitations to special events and networking opportunities, can reach new audiences and demonstrate corporate social responsibility by showing support for the local economy and communities.

Walker Singleton joins other Yorkshire-based businesses that have supported The Piece Hall Trust since its re-opening including The Halifax, YPO, Covea Insurance and McArthurGlen Group.


Anyone interested in becoming a corporate member of The Piece Hall Trust should contact the Development team on 01422 525206 or email

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