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The Wool Exchange

A Grade I Listed Building in City, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.7942 / 53°47'39"N

Longitude: -1.7525 / 1°45'8"W

OS Eastings: 416402

OS Northings: 433128

OS Grid: SE164331

Mapcode National: GBR JKK.7F

Mapcode Global: WHC99.1WRN

Plus Code: 9C5WQ6VX+M2

Entry Name: The Wool Exchange

Listing Date: 14 June 1963

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1132985

English Heritage Legacy ID: 336860

Location: City, Bradford, BD1

County: Bradford

Electoral Ward/Division: City

Built-Up Area: Bradford

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Cathedral Church of St Peter Bradford

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

(west side)

The Wool Exchange
SE 1633 SW 36/140 14.6.63


Competition winning design of 1864 by Lockwood and Mawson. The foundation stone
was laid by the Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. Completed in 1867. Occupying
a triangular island site, the building has 3 main storeys of very finely masoned
Bradford sandstone with a prominent clock tower at the north end. Red and yellow
sandstone dressings. In type the design looks to the precedent of the great Flemish
Cloth Halls but the style is Venetian Gothic, particularly in the polychromy and
the serrated openwork of the parapet cresting. (An unexecuted design for Halifax
Town Hall by sir G G Scott was perhaps a more immediate influence). Steep hipped
slate roof with ridge cresting. Pointed ground floor arcade, originally open, with
shafts and geometrical tracery. Coupled shafted lights to first floor and similar
but shorter tripled lights to second floor. Both with toothed weathered sill courses
and carved impost bands. Bartizan pinnacled turrets to each corner. Rose windows
to south end. The north tower provides a grand open porch on the ground floor, with
canopied statues to corners, and roses in 3 tall stages to the clock stage with
crocketed gables applied to each face and pinnacled bartizan corner turrets. Similar
parapet existing as on main building and sharp spire surmounted by crocketed pinnacle.
In the spandrel of the ground floor arcade are portrait medallions of the following
notables: facing Market Street: Cobden, Sir Titus Salt, Stephenson, Watt, Arkwright,
Jacquard, Gladstone, Palmerston. Facing Bank Street: Raleigh, Drake, Columbus,
Cook and Anson. The main hall is still used as a Wool exchange and has finely
detailed lofty hammer-beam roof with wrought iron work decoration. The hall is
surrounded by tall polished granite columns with foliate capitals and there is an
outer south aisle arcade with good naturalistic foliage carving. Lively wrought
ironwork balcony and staircase balustrade. The Wool Exchange, perhaps more than
any other building, symbolises the wealth and importance that Bradford had gained
by the mid C19, on the basis of the wool trade.

Listing NGR: SE1640233128

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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