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Manningham: Character and Diversity in a Bradford Suburb (Informed Conservation) [Paperback]

Simon Taylor , Kathryn Gibson
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1 May 2010 Informed Conservation
This book raises awareness of the wide range and varied character of the historic landscape and buildings which constitute Manningham, and the forces and trends which have contributed to its appearance over time. It tells the story, through its buildings and landscape, of Manningham's development from a thinly populated rural township to a fully developed, mostly middle-class, fashionable, 19th-century city suburb full of self assurance, civic pride and high-quality architecture. It examines how successfully and in what ways the suburb and its buildings have subsequently continued to function, following the decline and disappearance of the traditional industries on which its success was originally based and a substantially changed cultural and demographic profile. The publication will appeal to all of those with an interest in Bradford and its buildings. In addition, by supplementing the research project and literary work with a major outreach and film project, the fruits of which help to inform the publication text and are incorporated into the book as a DVD insert, the publication will be extremely effective in engaging and developing new audiences amongst the people living and working in Manningham. It gives them a 'voice', allowing them to share their memories and put forward their own views and opinions on the district which has become increasingly known to outsiders only for its problems of economic out-migration, increasing levels of crime and headline-making outbreaks of civil unrest. The publication also serves as a response to recently growing nation-wide development pressure on historic suburbs and this will increase understanding of historical suburban development and modern adaptation, and appeal to those with an interest in social, urban and industrial history.

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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: English Heritage; Pap/DVD edition (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848020309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848020306
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What makes this sensitively written account particularly evocative is the inclusion of a DVD that captures the views and memories of today's residents, and their hopes for the future.' 'Another gem in the 'Informed Conservation' series from English Heritage ... This is an important book in showing how the conservation of existing buidings can co-exist with new developments, and how a multi-ethnic community has tried to come to terms with a Victorian suburb.'

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Simon Taylor is a Senior Investigator with English Heritage Kathryn Gibson is a Historic Buildings and Areas Supervisor with English Heritage

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5.0 out of 5 stars Microcosm 21 Nov 2010
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I was brought up in Girlington and before I could read I learned to navigate the streets by reference to the distinctive mill chimneys. My family had worked in the textile trade for two hundred years and had moved just two streets in the whole of that period. There was so much pride in the mills and in worsted manufacture, people felt part of a much greater whole. Most of my family worked in Manningham Mills and I went to school at Lilycroft across the road. During school holidays, I had dinner with my mother in the canteen there. We thought it would go on for ever, certainly the mills had been designed like palaces and built to last forever.

This book and its accompanying CD is a valuable and potent record of a unique society, with its culture and aspirations (and arrogance) built stone by solid stone. Whether you come from this area or not, this is history in a nutshell. Well done, English Heritage - I look forward to more projects like this. And a little plea: please save our streets, citiscapes just as much as the countryside need people to care about their maintenance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bradford Images 9 July 2010
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This is an excellent volume. The text is interesting, but for me the best part is the photography of a part of my home town where as a student on a summer job I emptied dustbins for a couple of months. There are some fascinating images; and most Bradfordians will find something new to them. The DVD is also well worth watching, presenting some perspectives on a multicultural city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MANNINGHAM A PLACE WHERE I WAS RAISED 6 Jan 2011
By ANDY G
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EXCELLENTLY WELL RESEARCHED BOOK WITH ACCOMPANYING DVD. WAS RECOMMENDED BY MY MOTHER WHO STILL LIVES IN THE AREA, AN AREA WHERE I DELIVERED PAPERS TO THE OPULENT HOUSES AROUND MANNINGHAM PARK.NOTHING LIKE THE SANDS STONE BUILT HOUSES AND BUILDINGS THAT FILL THAT AREA AND WHICH THE BOOK BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE AND A HISTORY, SOME OF WHICH I DIDN'T KNOW.I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE EVEN IF YOUVE NOT LIVED THERE, ITS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS COUNTRIES HISTORY AND OF THE ERA IT WAS BUILT, BUT SADLY OVERSHADOWED BY THE RIOTS IN THE 90'S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manningham Bradford 28 July 2011
By Lorna Annakin - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this book is extrordinary.
I spent my childhood in Manningham
I left in 1965
I worked in Listers Mill, winding wool into oz balls and packing them into
plastic bags I worked VERY hard on very noisy machines and in 1960 earned 15pounds about a week, when my friends in offices earned about three pounds.
The house I lived in as a child was 257 Manningham Lane and I went to Belle View School
The book has lots of photographs of houses I spent a lot of time in as a child.
I thought the historical changes over the past 50 years quite amazing and very well written and researched.
A wonderful book THANK YOU
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted 3 July 2011
By gordonoz - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been living in Australia for 35 years and have suffered numerous bouts of nostalgia for Manningham. These have been curable recently by accessing Google Earth and cyber-wandering the streets of my childhood and youth. But that wandering has raised many questions about Manningham, questions that, as I child, I never raised. Who built Apsley Crescent where I was born? How long has the Spotted House been a pub? What did the Cartwright Hall replace? This book goes a long way to answering those questions and thousands more. It also has the courage to suggest that recent neglect and architectural carelessness can be reversed and that the architecture of Manningham is worth making a fuss over.
For anyone who has lived in Manningham or who has even walked, driven or bussed along Manningham Lane, this book is worth buying or borrowing. The DVD accompanying the book is also charming and has lots of atmospheric footage of Listers Mill and Manningham Park. My one criticism is the size of the maps; even with a magnifying glass plus the best will in the world, I found them hard to read.
I loved the serious but readable approach to the subject and was delighted by the photographs.
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