Monochrome Lives In Sepia Spaces

This is a photograph of my grandmother, Harriet Ellen Burnett, outside her house in Arctic Parade, Great Horton, Bradford. I’ve added a touch of colour to the photo, because 100 years ago – about the time the photo was taken – people didn’t lead monochrome lives or inhabit sepia spaces.

My grandparents were living at 11, Arctic Parade, at the time of the 1921 census. Harriet and her husband Enoch, lived there with their children, John, Miriam, Annie, and, my father, Albert. Arctic Parade still exists, but No. 11 is long gone: as, of course, are Harriet, Enoch, John, Miriam, Annie and Albert. The memories live on, as do the old photographs.

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