Derek Crabtree, third and last of a dynasty of Bradford journalists, recalls the time when diseases were so rife that Bradford had to have four isolation hospitals, administered by the SanitaryCouncillor Johnson was chairing a meeting of that committee on October 2, 1893, when a message came through on the Town Hall's new telephone system: the recently opened isolation hospital, a wooden
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"The entire route of the funeral cortege from his home in Hall Lane to the church, half a mile away, was lined by people. Many shops closed and most of the houses had blinds down. The procession
I thought the Bradford headmaster's account was tops, until I read Howard Spring's factional novel Fame Is The Spur, which tells the story of the rise of the Independent Labour Party, using real
John Triffitt, it successfully published books and pamphlets. Local history has gained in popularity; the past has more attraction as confidence about the
The latest number of the society's annual journal, The Bradford Antiquary, contains a two page tribute by John Haigh to Mr Fieldhouse, who died in March, aged 97.
Society, which has been meeting and publishing articles of local interest since 1878.
The first book about Bradford I read was Joseph Fieldhouse's Bradford, Nike Sportswear Rally French Terry Sweatshirt first published in 1972, three years before I set foot in the city as Nike Windrunner Red Blue
I was not aware that Fieldhouse followed in the footsteps of Wilfrid Robertshaw and Jack Reynolds as editor of The Bradford Antiquary and later president of The Bradford Historical and Antiquarian
recognised as the best comprehensive history of the city. the criticism reflects Joe's style and interests, preferring clarity and readability to"He aimed to produce something that his pupils might be able to access, in the knowledge that adults often appreciate good writing for children."
Joe Fieldhouse had the last laugh. Bradford, first published by Longman, was reprinted many times by the Bradford Library Service in the good old days when, particularly under Bob Duckett and
a mature college student.
The following excerpt gives a flavour of this edition of the antiquary.
sized slices of Bradford history From Bradford Telegraph and Argus
It is hard to imagine thousands of Bradford people turning out in tribute at the funeral of a councillor or MP; but that's what happened in October 1893 after smallpox cut short the life of
It holds monthly meetings at Bradford Central Library, up to the summer months, and arranges excursions to places of historical interest.
structure, at Scholemoor, was ablaze.
future clouds into apprehension and uncertainty.
John Roberts Johnson at the age of 41. A memorial to him exists in Bowling Park.
The rest you can guess. The gallant councillor contracted smallpox and two weeks later died in Leeds Road Fever Hospital, which opened in 1872 and closed in 2009.
Mr Haigh writes: "Although the book is generally Nike Sportswear Windrunner Women's
Nor was I aware that his splendidly comprehensive but short Bradford history book was the target of unfavourable criticism from scholarly highbrows.
"Councillor Johnson and other members of the committee went to the hospital as quickly as possible and helped to carry 55 patients to safety," Derek Crabtree writes in his article.
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