Bradford City Hall: Old Palace

Bradford City Hall tower, based on Palazzo Vecchio in Firenze

Bradford City Hall (originally ‘Bradford Town Hall’) was opened on a wet day in 1873, after three years’ construction. The tower is made from Bradford stone, was modelled on the Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) in Firenze (Florence), and contains 13 bells, which collectively weigh 17 tons and regularly play an extensive repertoire of tunes.

The clock was added to the tower in 1937, and the building was renamed ‘Bradford City Hall’ in 1965, after being categorised as a Grade I listed building. City hall was extensively restored in the last few years, which is why it looks so shiny in this photograph. See, Bradford is quite nice in places.

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