United Kingdom and Ireland - Day 43

 

 

Friday, 6 October 2017, Bradford

 

What a glorious day, Sunshine, not a cloud in the sky, early on, temperature a cool 9 degrees C. Warmed up to 12 C and the odd cloud but all in all, a real nice day. Also nice because we didn't do much of anything.

 

The day was set to be a rest/catch-up day to plan the next stage of the trip. We sort of achieved this. The morning was spent further exploring the city with a visit to the former Wool Exchange building. Built around 1867 as a wool trading centre, it survived for that purpose until 1960. The building now contains a number of shops and cafes. A majestic building from the outside, the inside is far more dramatic and shows the importance of the business being conducted there.

 

After exploring a number of streets and associated shops, we ventured into an area known as Sunbridgewells. Sunbridgewells consists of a number of tunnels, Formerly dungeons in the 1700s, period of beer bottling plant in the late 1800s. During the Second World War, the tunnels were used as the city's air raid shelter. In the 1960s the tunnels became the centre of the Bradford entertainment industry with a nightclub being opened within the tunnels. A number of later famous people played there in their early days including Rod Stewart and the Moody Blues. The tunnels fell into disrepair but have now been restored and contain numerous small bars and entertainment areas.

 

The rest of the day was spent in the catch-up and planning and tomorrow we continue north through the Lake District National Park to Carlisle.

 

 

  • The Wool Exchange Building, Bradford The Wool Exchange Building, Bradford
  • The interior of the Wool Exchange building The interior of the Wool Exchange building
  • One of a number of these signs around the city centre One of a number of these signs around the city centre
  • The main entry to the Sunbridgewells tunnels The main entry to the Sunbridgewells tunnels
  • Entry tunnel lined with art work depicting some of the bands that played here in the past Entry tunnel lined with art work depicting some of the bands that played here in the past
  • The entry tunnel The entry tunnel
  • Multiple levels and you come out well above the centre of town Multiple levels and you come out well above the centre of town
  • One of the cells in the dungeon One of the cells in the dungeon
  • One of the cells in the dungeon One of the cells in the dungeon
     

 

 

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