I have just been looking out some pictures for one of the rediscovering Ripleyville booklets I am working on. They are of where Victorian Ripleyville, Bradford’s ‘other’ industrial model village once stood.
I took them on a sunny day while I was walking the boundaries of the village’s northern site. The site is centred around Linton Street in an area between East and West Bowling to the south of Bradford, West Yorkshire.
It’s all built over now; hard to believe there has ever been a village there or that at any one time over 1000 people had a home there. It must come as a shock if you are trying to find out about your family history or you lived there 40 or more years ago.
- You can imagine you are in the Time Team helicopter and get an overview of the village’s northern site, as it is now, at Google Maps, Linton St BD4 7EZ, UK.
- For detailed views of the railway crossing and the disused branch line, which ran between the northern and southern sites of Ripley Ville, look at the early part of M Latus’ ‘Bowling to Laisterdyke a photographic survey 2010‘.
rediscovering Ripley Ville
Last week-end I spent some time going round the houses in the Arts Trail in Saltaire. Seems to me, thinking of all the attention that Saltaire gets as an industrial model village, that these pictures and the map alone could be a good enough reason for rediscovering Victorian Ripleyville.
That’s before you add in all the searches on family history sites and all the past residents’ memories of the place, like those in the West Bowling Local History Journals and collected by Alan O’Day Scott and Jeff Halmshaw.
More photographs on this blog of Ripleyville and the Bowling Dyeworks sites now.
last updated 2013/09/01