Saturday, 18 July 2015

Fountain Hall, Drewton Road

I've been aware of this derelict building ever since I arrived in Bradford in 1998. It's next to Westgate carpark, my usual parking spot. 

With a bit of research I discovered that it was the last remaining Georgian building in the vicinity of Fountain Street. The construction of Hamm Strasse, a multi-lane section of the inner ring road, completely changed the nature of the once elegant area. The much missed grand department store, Busby's, stood almost opposite at the bottom of Manningham Lane before it was destroyed by a fire in 1979. 

The black and white picture below shows the building in 1962, a still from a film made to commemorate a visit by Princess Margaret, the present Queen's sister. It was known then as Fountain Hall and was used as a function and ballroom. The other picture shows Fountain Hall's salvaged facade, as it remains today.

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  1. In the 80s it was a nightclub called Bensons. Had a huge red tongue protruding from on top of the portico...

  2. Thanks for reading and for adding the extra information. Wow, a huge red tongue! Do you think that was a reference to the Bradford Boar?