Friday 10 December 2010

Bradford City Hall

Bradford City Hall began life, in 1873, as Bradford Town hall, but was upgraded in recognition of the status of this ever growing conurbation. The building was designed by architects Lockwood and Mawon in respnse to a competition to design a town hall which would rival those of Leeds and Halifax.

It was intended to be Venetian in character but was built by the Shipley firm of John Ives & Son. Inspired by the town hall in Florence, the bell tower reaches a height of 220 feet and contains a peal of 13 bells which mark the quarter hours. They weigh 17 tons and play carols in December.

The clock was added in 1937.


  1. Oh, my goodness! Even more beautiful by day :)
    Wonderful pictures, H. And loving the background information you supply...makes the virtual trip to your part of the world even more interesting!
    Thank you!

  2. You managed to get some good shots avoiding all the building mayhem at the other side. You'd better come back to photograph the 'city park' when it's finished! Thanks for the mention again. :)

  3. Simply gorgeous, H. Love the backstories.

  4. Hi again!

    Terrific pictures & terrific virtual tour!

    Have a good weekend,

    XOXO Lola:)

  5. What a gorgeous building! It's full of history and complicated structure..

  6. I wish they still built like this. I really am NOT a fan of modern architecture.