Valley Parade and the Bradford landscape

It has always been said that Lister’s Mill (below, taken from Carr Lane in Shipley) was the dominant feature of the Bradford urban landscape but arguably Valley Parade comes close as this selection of photographs shows.

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The following were taken from Parkway, off Rooley Lane at the northern end of the M606 looking south towards Baildon Moor. In the top photograph you can see both Lister’s Mill (left) and that other iconic Bradford building, City Hall (to the right of VP).

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These were taken in June, 2020 from the east side of the valley looking west and south-west…

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Contrast with this from 1947…

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The following look south from Baildon Moor with Emley Moor on the horizon and Saltaire / Shipley in the foreground:

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(Spot the tower of City Hall in the last photograph ‘overlooking’ the main stand.)

Other images of Valley Parade from these links:

The development of Valley Parade, 1886-1908 – includes a history of the early development of the ground.

Valley Parade in the 1960s

Valley Parade photos from the 1970s

Valley Parade photos from the 1980s

Photos of the rebuilding of Valley Parade in 1986 – (Part One)

Photos of the rebuilding of Valley Parade in 1986 – (Part Two)

Valley Parade photos from the 1990s

The construction of the Midland Road stand 1996 (Part One)

The construction of the Midland Road stand 1996 (Part Two)

Valley Parade of today (photos taken by myself at the Stephen Darby Testimonial July, 2019)

More photos of today’s Valley Parade (photos taken by myself at the Salford City fixture in December, 2019)

Valley Parade: Then and Now

Other galleries to follow with links updated from here.

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