SE1632 : The subterranean Cathedral arches of Bradford

taken 10 years ago, near to Bradford, Great Britain

The subterranean Cathedral arches of Bradford
The subterranean Cathedral arches of Bradford
Hidden beneath Centenary Square in Bradford is this magnificent subterranean vaulted arch room as grand as any Cathedral. There were plans to open up this section of beck with the Alsop plan to regenerate the city centre. 'The Bowl' is an ambitious project to open up the beck and create a huge pool to act as the pivotal point of the new city centre.
Bowling Beck joins the flow on the right past the arches at this point.

The Bradford beck runs underground, just higher up from the old Odeon cinema, It twists and turns under Centenary Square before emerging near to Valley Parade football ground.
Unusually for a major city, Bradford is not built on any substantial body of water. The ford from which it takes its name 'Broad-Ford' was a crossing of the stream called Bradford Beck. The beck rises in the Pennine hills to the west of the city, and is swelled by tributaries such as Horton Beck, Westbrook, Bowling Beck and Eastbrook. At the site of the original ford, just below the present Bradford Cathedral, it turns north, and flows more or less straight towards the River Aire at Shipley.
The beck's course through the city centre is entirely underground and was mostly so by the middle of the 19th century.

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Thursday, 6 November, 2008
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