We caught a bus to Bradford yesterday to do a little Christmas shopping and to look at the wonderful Victorian architecture that still lines the stone city streets. A few days ago I came across an old copy of an 1893 Yorkshire Trade Directory – before you ask, yes it was lodged up my back passage – which includes a series of wonderfully atmospheric engravings of West Yorkshire towns and scenes. This illustration of Market Street is taken from the book, and perhaps it was the memory of those towers, pillars, arches and pediments that drew me towards the Bradford bus stop.
And I wasn’t disappointed. Bradford is at its best when the strong rays of winter sun highlight the ornamental stonework and make shapes on the streets. We did a bit of Christmas shopping, but for the most of the time we were there we simply looked up at the buildings.