Although I no longer live in Bradford, I still work there and am frequently there at weekends. Yesterday was no exception as we went to see some friends performing a play at Bradford Cathedral.
For about 18 months I walked past the Cathedral every day on the way to work (this was whilst I was living in Bradford between 2009 and 2010), but yesterday was the first time I’ve actually been inside. It’s not a very impressive cathedral, especially when compared to York Minster. It was originally built in the 15th century as a small parish church serving what was then a small village. By 1919, Bradford was now a city and the Diocese of Bradford was created, so the church was made into a cathedral. Extensions were added in the 1950s and 1960s, but it’s still quite small.
The other place to which I made my first visit in Bradford yesterday was a pub called The Corn Dolly. I’ve been aware of it for a long time, but yesterday was the first time I’ve actually been to it. It’s a nice little pub, with a strong selection of ales. Indeed, it has been named Pub of the Season several times by the Bradford branch of CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale. The term ‘corn dolly‘ refers to straw work made from harvested corn crops.
This September will be 11 years since I moved to Bradford, and despite living and/or working there all of that time, there’s still things I’ve not seen and done.