Mean Old Scene: Lumb Lane, Bradford from 1986-87

The following images were taken during the winter of 1986 /87 with an Olympus OM40. I rediscovered them recently whilst having a tidy and found it fascinating to see how things had changed, not least with the disappearance of Drummonds Mill which burned down in January, 2016. They are not excellent photographs but I have uploaded them as an historical record.

As the photographs show, the area was badly run down with undisguised poverty but clues remained of the fact that it had once been a prosperous and fashionable part of Manningham.

Around this time initiatives were starting to get underway to refurbish many of the properties, in particular on Southfield Square but considerable work was left to be undertaken. Peel Square which dated from 1851 is featured in the images but had yet to be renovated.

Speedy Tyres stood at the corner of Southfield Square and Lumb Lane.
The gothic building in the centre of the above photo was the old Bradford Grammar School (latterly Hanson GS) which was by then derelict and burned down shortly after.
A mosque now stands on this area near Westgate which then served as a car park.
The Perseverance was nearby Speedy Tyres but was closed down in 1985 following a drugs bust.

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I have unearthed other old photographs that I took of Bradford as well as my travels in the Soviet bloc around this time and will upload those also on an ad hoc basis.

My photos of Salt’s Mill at the time of closure in 1986

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