Bradford, The Alhambra c.1955
Memories of Bradford, The Alhambra c1955
Looking for the name of a wine bar/nightclub near the library on Manchester road please
I was born in 1953 and live at Number 2 Thornton Square just on the opposite side of Manchester Road to Ryan Street where I went mumming down to Donisthorpe Street where my Great Auntie Doris lived. I was dressed in what was called a siren suit in red with a pointy bit at the top of the head. It is lovely to hear of someone else who remembers mumming night.
I grew up on Kingswood Terrace, Great Horton from 1942 - 1967 and have many memories of good times there. I enjoyed Scouting with the 3rd Bradford South Troop for many years at the old Bell School on Southfield Lane. I remember trying out all the pubs in the area particularly the Kings Arms and the Bull's Head (both of which I later worked in for a while). I spent lots of time at the Great Horton Station trainspotting and later taking short train trips to Clayton and Queensbury. During the Beatles era, I played in bands in many of the local Working Men's Clubs, and later as resident drummer at the Railways Club on Wakefield Road. After I got married in 1967, I moved to Peach Street (now long gone) in ...Read full memory
Were they happy years? I suppose they were, although we were very poor as kids we made the best of it, my memories were of the trams clattering up manchester road, which we used to take to go to the swimming baths from school. Wandering around Kirkgate Markets. Anyone remember the Giant Pie with steam coming out in the Bakers window opposite Kirkgate Market. I can remember going to the Alhambra for the Pantos. And the Western Cinema in Park road, I became a junior projectionist there after I left School (All Saints Cof E) Little Horton Lane).The Winter of 1947 is one I will never forget I have never seen so much snow. The Odeon Cinema where we saw Stars like Frankie Laine, Albiet from the lane ...Read full memory
I remember walking all the way down Manchester Road to St Joseph's Infant School, which at that time was on Grafton Street and part of the Girls School, it seemed to take ages, we walked past all the pubs and shops a real hive of activity. There were 40 pubs on Manchester Road and a brewery! I then moved to St Joseph's on Clayton Lane and the church on Pakington Street. The new infant huts there and the Boys' School at the side with the playground on the roof! They knocked the Girls' School down and we all had to mix! I can remember the great windy night in the late 1950s when the roof of the factory on the corner of Manchester Road and Stirton Street blew off, we had to walk past it to school, Dad had to walk us to ...Read full memory
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 Princess Alice pub in Grafton St. Other memories were the Western cinema in Park Rd, trying to sneak in after the first house emptied, and also playing "tin can squat" when we didn't have a ball. Riding up and down Manchester Rd on the front upstairs of the tram, we used to pay a halfpenny to Smiddles Lane rec. How times have changed, and I'm not sure for the better. Harry Blott (Canada) firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe the date of the photograph B173043 is wrong in saying it is c1955. From this perspective the Odeon should be clearly visible on the corner and its absence leads me to believe that this photograph is prior to 1931, when the Odeon was built
I used to live in College Road off Manchester Road, but I now live in Australia. I can remember going Mumming on New Years Eve, we used to dress up and go round all the Pubs in Town and also the Alhambra at the end of each show of the Pantomine and folk would give us Money and ask us to do a turn for them, good old days when kids could stay out till all hours of the night without any fears.
The policeman is PC Roy Brookman.