Bradford, Manningham Lane c.1950

Bradford, Manningham Lane c.1950

Neg. B173003

Memories of Bradford, Manningham Lane c1950

1960s Slum Clearance And High Rise Flats In Bradford. Social Comment!

I recall my grandmother, Florence Peyton, who lived in Little Horton Lane writing a poem about the Slum Clearance and High Rise Flats Programmes of the early 1960s. The poem was published in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus in the early 1960s. The Old Folks’ Lament. Five pence up, and five pence down Miles and miles from Bradford town. I loved the house where I was born Where first I saw the rosy dawn. Its wall were stout, no squelching muck. Shops and work were close at hand Kindly neighbours, life was grand. Till someone got a bright idea These folks are living far too near What they need is air and space We’ll move them to a lovely ...Read full memory

The Regent With Mac

I remember going to the Regent cinema with my first major love, Robert (Mac) McCarthy. We both lived in Baildon. I had always really really liked him and could not believe it when he finished with his girlfriend and asked me out! I used to be so excited and happy when I was with him that I could hardly speak. Lost touch with him and when I mentioned to a friend that I had tried to find him, my friend said 'Did you think he might have died'. No I had not. What has happened to Bradford now is criminal.

A memory of Bradford by W Howard

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 that Ted was largely responsible for the construction of the grotto before he arrived! Sometimes, in busy periods, he had colleagues timetabled to do a Santa rota with him, and naturally Mother Christmas and Fairy Starlight had their roles to play as well. I was astonished that Santa knew all about me when I went to see him, so I believed in him for a little longer than most kids!

A memory of Bradford by Edmund Burke


The Regent cinema is showing 'Boom Town' which came out in late 1940 (IMDb).

A memory of Bradford
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