This month is the 20th anniversary of the Bradford riots. I didn’t move to the city until 2008, but through a combination of news reports, Google maps and eyewitness accounts from locals I became intrigued to see how some of the areas look today compared to 2001.
I ventured down to a couple of the sites in the Whetley / Manningham area last week. As you can see, what used to be the Upper Globe pub on Toller Lane is now a DIY store. The building is still standing albeit having most of its windows boarded up. Notice the structure – particularly the main doorway – is pretty much the same:
The Manningham Ward Labour Club was 1 of the worst places hit. The building was firebombed with people still inside. The first photo from BBC News shows the extent of the damage; the photos I took underneath show the grounds from Ashwell Road, which now hosts 2 medical centres, Ashwell and Picton:
For better or worse, history fascinates me. If anyone has any other old photos or info, please get in touch.
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