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We once were kings....

By clintQB  
Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the earliest industrialised settlements, rapidly becoming the "wool capital of the world". The area's access to a supply of coal, iron ore and soft water facilitated the growth of Bradford's manufacturing base, which, as textile manufacture grew, led to an explosion in population and was a stimulus to civic investment; Bradford has fine Victorian architecture including the grand Italianate City Hall.

The textile sector in Bradford fell into decline from the mid-20th century. Since this time, Bradford has emerged as a tourist destination with attractions such as the National Media Museum, Bradford City Park, and Cartwright Hall. However, Bradford has faced similar challenges to the rest of the post-industrial area of Northern England, including deindustrialisation, housing problems, social unrest and economic deprivation. Bradford is cited as a prime example of 'parallel communities', where the population is effectively segregated along ethnic, cultural and faith lines.

Its sad but true, walking round these mills was quite a depressing journey but interesting all the same. Bradford had the whole world in its hands, and lost it all......

Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Landscape and travel dereliction urbex

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UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 5:28PM
Fantastic series Clint.

Love the background detail that you have written on the area ...... I love historical background, & appreciate the time you took out to let us know.


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Jonny5874 9 14 5 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 5:33PM
Another great image, I love the details in the brickwork and the soft foreground works really well.

phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 5:44PM
Congratulations on GEA on your last image . Another great image to add to the series on dereliction. Looks like you will be a strong contender for any prizes at the club Clinton .Like your use of HDR . A little unsure about the very soft and out of foicus foreground and suspect it wasn't intended ...Phil p.s. neighbours today . Only decided to upload at the last minute and don't expect much with my mono image
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 5:49PM
Superb shot brilliantly processed to bring out the textures. Where exactly is this - I live in Shipley?
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 5:51PM
This has the power and presence of a stage design. Beautifully taken, and immensely sad.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
25 Apr 2012 7:06PM
A passionate description, Clint, and another great image. The diagonal shadow is excellent, pulling the image together beautifully. Great series and this is the cream..... so far.

clintQB 6 51 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 7:28PM
haha phil i noticed i knew that was your mono straight away excellent work..

Thanks lynne, this was taken in Bradford centre near the back of the college and near the old sunwin house, theres a cluster of derelict mills nearly next to each other. I think this mill used to be called thompsons and son??

Thankyou everyone for the great response yesterday and today
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 8:33PM
A fantastic capture Clint well proccessed with an excellent write up love the shadows .

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