Pieces of the past are un­cov­ered

Halifax Courier - - News Special - By Felic­ity Macnamara

A fas­ci­nat­ing piece of his­tory has been re­vealed dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion of a flood-hit busi­ness. The Deli, at Mar­ket Street, Heb­den Bridge, was badly hit dur­ing the floods and is cur­rently be­ing re­fit­ted, while the owner is in In­dia.

But when builders be­gan work­ing on the build­ing, the last thing they ex­pected to un­cover was a wall of posters and ad­verts dat­ing all the way back to 1882.

Sus­pended in time, and largely pre­served, they re­veal a snap­shot of life in the Calder Val­ley in the 1800s.

Sun­day Schools, ser­mons and shop open­ings are just some of the ad­ver­tise­ments which lay hid­den be­neath the tim­ber pan­nelled wall for 134 years.

Hal­i­fax travel agent Altham’s - still op­er­at­ing to­day - even gets a men­tion with its Whit Mon­day day ex­cur­sion to pop­u­lar sea­side spot Black­pool.

And con­trac­tor Rus­sell War­ing be­lieves there could be as many as four lay­ers to still be un­cov­ered.

He said: “It’s a real piece of his­tory - some­body has sug­gested that it might have been an out­side wall.

“There’s four lay­ers of it, so there could be even more.

“We’re just go­ing to leave it as the the owner would like to pre­serve it in one way or an­other.

“There has been a lot of lo­cal in­ter­est in it, with peo­ple com­ing in to have a look.”

Com­ment­ing on Face­book, owner Ali­son Pear­son said the posters will have to be cov­ered up as part of the restora­tion process and as The Deli is a food busi­ness, they can’t be ex­posed per­ma­nently.

She said: “Please feel free to pho­to­graph them but bear in mind that you will be en­ter­ing a build­ing site with all the as­so­ci­ated risks. We will board over the posters so they will be there for the fu­ture.”

Builder Rus­sell War­ing with the un­cov­ered posters and ad­ver­tise­ments

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