An Introduction to the History and Heritage of Bradford

Ref: C3673180

This course will use a mixture of talks and guided walks to explore the development of Bradford. Subjects include: • Bradford in Prehistoric and Roman times: prehistoric trackways, Roman roads, prehistoric monuments, Roman settlement in the locality • Anglo-Saxon and Domesday Bradford – place name evidence, Elmet and Craven, effects of Norman Conquest • Medieval Bradford – place name evidence, documentary sources, field systems, modern map evidence • Tudors and Stuarts – effects of the dissolution of the Monasteries, development of gentry classes, Tudor/Jacobean housing boom, Civil War Bradford • Church and chapel; rise of non-conformity, Waterloo Churches, role of churches in social life • Transport networks- pack horse routes, turnpikes, railways • Victorian and early 20th century Bradford – agriculture and industry, leisure, commuting The two walks will look at Little Germany and Little Horton Green.

Course aim

To explore the physical, archaeological and written evidence for the development of Bradford To give students sufficient confidence to begin to interpret this material for themselves

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify some surviving features of the pre-Victorian landscape
  • Trace the development of Bradford and the surrounding district
  • Identify those elements which contribute to the character of the town

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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An Introduction to the History and Heritage of Bradford

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