Aspects of Life in Bradford in the 19th and 20th centuries

A new heritage course in Pudsey

The statue of Spring in Peel Park Bradford

The statue of Spring in Peel Park Bradford

For seven Tuesdays starting on the 27th of September 2016 I will be teaching another heritage course for the WEA based at the Parish Church of St James the Great in Pudsey. The course consists of six indoor sessions and one guided walk. The standard fee £48.00 though the course is FREE if you are in receipt of income related benefit (only SEA funded).

Course details

The course consists of six classroom sessions and one guided walk.  These are as follows:

1st classroom session

Religion: Waterloo churches, chapels, role of Nonconformity in the development of Bradford, other religious groups

2nd classroom session

Houses: mansions, back to backs, semis and suburbia


Bradford Town Centre: Midland Hotel, Georgian Bradford, theatres, shops and masonic lodges

3rd classroom session

Shops: Markets, the Co-op in Bradford, Busby’s, Brown Muff’s

4th classroom session

Entertainment: cinemas, music hall s, theatres

5th classroom session

Cemeteries and burial grounds

6th classroom session

Bradford in WW1

To find out more or to book please visit the WEA website.



Archaeology at Austhorpe: Results

Last June I posted to say that I was looking forward to working with Austhorpe Primary School on their forthcoming archaeological project. At the time I wondered whether the finds would be similar to those which we found in during a similar project in 2013.


19th and 20th century pottery

It became clear that they weren’t, soon after we began to excavate. . In 2013 we found a large range of finds including what might have been a Roman coin and what were certainly fragments of medieval pottery. In 2016 was found only a few artefacts of 19th and 20th century date. The only way I can think of to explain the contrast is that in 2013 were working at the edge of the school playing filed on what used to be farmland and that in 2016 we were not . The 2013 finds could have come from night soiling – the practice of spreading household waste and farmyard manure onto the fields as fertiliser. This year we were probably working on part of the grounds which had been landscaped during the building of the school. If that’s so, the soil (and the finds in it) could have been brought in from anywhere as bedding for laying the school lawns.

Children working on site

Children working on site

Despite the small number of finds the children all enjoyed themselves and worked very hard during their excavations sessions. For me it proves (if proof were needed) that there’s more to education than learning from books…

To download a pdf of the complete site report click on the link below.

Austhorpe 2016 Site Report v 3