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Caption for Bradford, Kirkgate, Market Buildings 1897: This imposing building of 1878 replaced an earlier market. Here, shoppers were offered an impressive choice of produce right in the centre of the city, just opposite the tram and trolleybus stops outside the town hall. The cast iron frame contained two 60ft-high domes, and huge figures of Pomona and Flora stood over the arched entrance. This market was demolished in 1973.

An extract from West Yorkshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Bradford, Kirkgate, Market Buildings 1897

Gosh, I can remember so well going to work with Mum on a Saturday and having pie & peas with Tizer (PIE TOMS). I would be sat on the floor behind the stall, counting buttons while Mum was serving on / or having a natter. Lovely days.

When I was very young my dad used to drop me off at Carters cafe in Kirkgate market where my grandma use to work, her name was Ethel Johnson (nee Deacon), happy days. It's tragic seeing Bradford today, what a lovely compact shopping centre it had, my dad was a wool merchant and it was a close knit community of wool men.

In 1944 I worked at 36 Piccadilly, an electrical wholesalers (next door to the invisible menders). My duties were to deliver accessories to the electrical shops round town. Each evening there were parcels to post, the nearest post office was in Darley Street. The shortest way was by way of through the back door of (...Read full memory)

I am glad Mr Johnson has happy memories of Carter's Cafe. My father and mother, ran this for many years and I remember Mrs Johnson well. My father, and three more Carter generations were all Bradford market people. The other three generations being in the wholesale at St James's market. Somewhere, I have one old photo of (...Read full memory)

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