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Cook portrait, Bradford Wool Exchange

 

On my way to the CCS regional meeting in the UK in 2006 I called in at Bradford, Yorkshire to see the Wool Exchange there. This building symbolises the importance that Bradford gained from the wool trade by the middle of the 19th century. Between the ground floor arches of Bank Street and Market Street are carved portraits of various notable people. Flanking the porched entrance below the tower are statues of Bishop Blaise, the patron saint of woolcombers, and King Edward III of England, who greatly promoted the wool trade.

When I visited, a bookshop occupied much of this building.

Lockwood and Mawson designed the Wool Exchange after an open competition, and the foundation stone laid in 1864 by the then Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston.

This triangular building lies between the streets of Hustlergate, Market Street and Bank Street.

Facing Market Street are the carved portraits of Richard Cobden, Titus Salt, George Stephenson, James Watt, Richard Arkwright, Joseph Marie Jacquard, William Gladstone and Henry Palmerston.

Facing Bank Street are the maritime men Christopher Columbus, Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh, George Anson and James Cook.

There is also a statue of Richard Cobden, a local politician in the main hall of the building.

The Wool  Exchange with its magnificent tower
The Wool Exchange with its magnificent tower
Bishop Blaise  and King Edward III flank the entrance
Bishop Blaise and King Edward III flank the entrance
In Market  Street the figures are now above the bus shelters
In Market Street the figures are now above the bus shelters
Bank Street,  with Hustlergate off to the left
Bank Street, with Hustlergate off to the left
The corner of  Bank Street and Market Street
The corner of Bank Street and Market Street
Christopher  Columbus, Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh
Christopher Columbus, Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh
George Anson  and James Cook
George Anson and James Cook
Admiral Anson
Admiral Anson
Captain Cook
Captain Cook
Captain Cook's  right profile
Captain Cook's right profile
Captain Cook's  left profile
Captain Cook's left profile

Ian Boreham


Originally published in Cook's Log, page 51, volume 30, number 3 (2007).

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