Bank Holiday Book Sale - 15% off every title

Bradford, Yorkshire
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Bradford and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Growing Up In Fitzgerald St

Oh the good old days !!! From 1938 to 1976, when we emigrated to Canada, I remember the places talked about in the other peoples memories having lived in Fitzgerald St until they tore it all down. I remember Paisley St, Grafton St, Earl St, Stirling St etc. When I was old enough to drink we used to go to the ...Read full memory

A memory of Bradford by Harry Blott

Santa Busby Claus

My dad, Teddy Burke, was Santa Claus at Busby's on Manningham Lane. He was certainly popular, since in the 1950s and 1960s the crowds lined the streets when he was due to arrive on his float. When he did appear, he played Christmas carols on his trumpet before making his entrance into the grotto. What few people knew was ...Read full memory

A memory of Bradford by Edmund Burke

Collinson's Cafe And Brown, Muff & Co., The Early 1960s

As a schoolboy in the 1960s I would generally go to the city centre to lunch with my parents so as to avoid school meals. Large stores offered various dining options. Collinson's had an ensemble on the ground floor playing popular classical works. The musicians would ...Read full memory