Chris Helme - Brighouse Heritage
Town centre changes 50 years ago with more to follow - 1973

This aerial view of the town centre dates back to 1973. The new bypass is being cut through the town centre which meant that many old properties had to be demolished and at the time this photograoh was taken many more would follow. For a number of years the town centre looked like a lunar landscape but it would all come good in the end. 

The changing face of Briggate - July 1970

July 1970 - Thornton Square and Briggate - note Barnett's and Earnshaw shops are closed and boarded up in preparation when the demolition men would pull then down. The tall building is Bank House - what an impressive frontage, sadly that too was demolished. 

One of the biggest fires in Brighouse - 26 October 1903

Here is a image of one if not the biggest fires ever seen in Brighouse and was described at the time as the great fire at Alexander Mills 26 October 1903.

The origins of Oakroyd Close, Brighouse

This photograph is courtesy of Betty Longbottom through Geograph 2009.

Have you ever wondered how old your house is and what was on the site before it was built. Let us use this street as an example. Oakroyd Close is a comparatively new cul-de-sac of modern family houses on Bradford Road, Brighouse but what was on this site before these houses were built.

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