Nostalgic memories of Bradford's local history

Share your own memories of Bradford and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

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memory of a very wealthy city. Beautiful shops- Brown Muffs, busbys, claydons, mathias robinson. Barclays bank international division was in Bradford but not in Leeds because the overseas dealings with all wool merchants and textile manufacturers meant foreign transfers and foreign money meant demands in (...Read full memory)

I recall other far more sinister events which took place at number 82 Annesley Mount. I first became aware of these events in 1953 when the Sunday night discussion took on a hushed and serious tone. My understanding increased as the story was re-told in later years. The Polish priest who lived at the (...Read full memory)

I recall living at my grandparents' house at Annesley Mount from 1960 - 1966. .A formidable character lived at number 88 Annesley Mount, known to my grandparents as Parson Bullock. He shared the house with his wife and a lodger called Doris. He was the minister of a large Unitarian church in the (...Read full memory)

Worked on the 5th/6th floor of Central House for several years in the late 60s /early 70s for the Inland Revenue. The 7th floor was occupied by Commercial Union Insurance Company and the 3rd and 4th floors by Bradford Council. The building was largely glass and single glazed leading it to be far too hot (...Read full memory)

I remember going into the toy shop in this block with my dad and buying my first doll with proper hair. Anyone rise remember it.

Attended a Fashion Model Training School one evening a week (it advertised in T&G) I was 16 at time. Lady who ran it named Petra who had done the Nimble bread ad on TV (her husband was a master of Divinity at Bradford boys Grammar School). We did our exercises to a Herb Alpert LP at the begin of each session. It was based on the (...Read full memory)

l was born 18-08-55, that makes me 62yrs of age, to a lot of people who write there memo- ries on this blog l suppose l'm "nowt but a pup"as l got called when l 1st started work at 15yrs old, my dad got me a job as a apprent- ice motor mechanic,(in them days thats what dads did, it was a case of who u knew (...Read full memory)

My name is Frank Raper I was born in 1936 lived on Ravenscliffe Estate until 1961.Childhood days were great we were surrounded by woods and fields at that time their were no other estates in that area.Even though war war was raging in the 40s we were unaware of it and apart from having to take our Gas Masks to school and the (...Read full memory)

It is so nice to read all the memories of Bradford (the good old days). I went to the student club even though I wasn't a student! We would get a stamp on the wrist so we could go out to the Alessio for coffee. I worked as an hairdresser at Fould's in Manchester road and after work at the Majestic in the (...Read full memory)

We came to live in East Bowling in 1948 (Caryl Road, just a stone's throw from the former Bolling Girls' Grammar School). Trams (soon to be replaced by trolley buses) were still running up and down Wakefield Road. I went to Lorne Street Primary School (now sadly demolished) before going on to Grange Boys' Grammar School. I remember (...Read full memory)