Planning Application Numbers : All the buildings of Ripley Ville

Application numbers for all the buildings of Victorian Ripley Ville (1866-1881) revealed on ‘rediscovering Ripleyville’ for the first time. This post lists the planning application numbers for all of the buildings of the Victorian industrial model village of Ripley Ville and their archive location.

Copyright R L (Bob) Walker 2016. All rights reserved.


Planning Applications Numbers : All the buildings of Ripley Ville

The plans submitted to the Borough of Bradford’s council for all the buildings erected between 1866 and 1881 on the northern and southern site of the industrial model village of Ripley Ville are held on micro-fiche at the Bradford Branch of West Yorkshire Archives.

The plans are those submitted to support the planning applications for each building or set of buildings. They were considered for approval by the Building & Improvement Committee of the council. The archive contains the deposited plans for 5 builds:-

  • the Working-Mens Dwellings
  • the Schools building and Schoolmaster’s house
  • the church of St Bartholomew
  • St Bartholomew’s Vicarage
  • the Alms houses

In the archive they are referred to as ‘deposited building plans’. As will be seen, the exact title for each plan can vary in the architects’ planning applications from the above.

Ripleyville buildings composite 2014

Finding the Numbers of Deposited Building Plans

The plans are found through a two stage process.

The first stage involves the identification of the Street (Road, Close, Court) that the plans are filed under. This requires;

  • knowledge of the road and street patterns and their naming at the time the application (1)
  • recognising that the architects submitting the application or their client may have a hazy knowledge of the street pattern and named a nearby street (2)

This is the part that requires the extra time and diligence that I mentioned in my previous post.

The plans are listed in alphabetical and chronological order in the register of applications under ‘street’ – well usually. The register is ‘Building Applications Vol 1 1850-1886′ and the ‘deposited plan number(s)’ can be found in this.
In the Bradford archives, copies of the deposited plans from the Victorian period are now filed on microfiche in draws in a cabinet and divided according to smaller time intervals. Up to 1000 microfiches may be filed in just one of the two sections in a draw. The planning application may be spread across a number of microfiches, where this is for a larger project.
The next step is to find the microfiche(s) bearing the deposited plan number, while also bearing in mind that it may have been misfiled by a microfiche or two!

Repeating the searches for each of the buildings of Victorian Ripley Ville then gives you access to the drawings comprising the plans and to the details recorded at the time by the clerks and council officials. If the building is to be lived in they may contain an additional ‘Form of Notice …’  The microfiche(s) should include the signature of the chairman of the Building and Improvement Committee of the Borough Council and the date on which the plan was approved by the committee.

A selection of this information from the microfiches has been summarised for each of the deposited plans for the 5 builds of Victorian Ripley Ville 1866-1881 and are shown in the table below. This includes the deposited plan number in the column to right.

Table : Deposited Plans : the buildings of Ripley Ville 1866-1881

Table Deposited Plans the buildings of Ripley VilleNotes

(1)     While street names may have been in use by those living locally or appear in maps by land agents, surveyor, or architects, they were not necessarily those that Bradford’s council or its clerks recognised or used. The Building and Improvement Committee adopted or conferred new names on streets as the need arose. The names for Spring Mill Street & Upper Castle Street bordering Ripleys Mills were not recognised by the Committee until 9th September 1874. Further up Roundell Street was renamed Round Street on 19th April 1876, while it took two attempts to name Parkside Road. Having thought of naming it Bowling Park Road on 9th June 1875, the Committee renamed it Parkside Road at their next weekly meeting on the 16th June.

(2)    The plans for St Bartholomew’s Vicarage, for example, are listed under New Hey Lane and those for the Working Mens Dwellings under Hall Lane – probably for different reasons.

Copyright R L (Bob) Walker 2016. All rights reserved.

This is post 99 on the rediscovering Ripleyville blog, Looks like it will get to 100!

published 2016/01/15






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