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This half term we will be learning about life in Bradford during the industrial revolution. We will understand how Bradford grew rapidly in the mid/late 19th century as mills and factories opened rapidly. We will understand that the mills and factories produced cloth and that this was transported from the factories and mills by steam train and canals. We will learn about transport in our local area and the closure of local railways. Finally we will compare the transport used in Victorian times with transport used today and will understand these changes.
Click on the link below to view the planning for this theme and to see what we will be learning this half term.
Click on the photo gallery below to see what we have been up to!
Bradford grew quickly in the industrial revolution. Lots of factories and mills opened to make cloth from wool and cotton. As the factories and mills opened people moved to the city and the number of people living in Bradford grew. Factories and mills were built near to railways and canals so that the cloth could be transported across the country and also to the ports and docks so it could travel around the world. The links below will help you learn more about the history of Bradford.
Steam trains were an important type of transport during the industrial revolution. Railways were used to transport goods from the factories and mills around the country and to docks so that they could be shipped around the world. The videos and links below will help you to learn more about steam trains.
Here are some resources and videos which help you to understand what steam trains and railways were like in our local area. We will be learning about the railways that used to run in our local area and will understand why they closed.
The Spen Valley Greenway used to be an old railway line. Find out more here!
We used to have a railway line and train station in Wyke. Learn more about the Wyke and Norland Green station and look at old photograph of the station on the links below.
Old steam trains still run on the Keighley and Worth Valley railway. Here is a video of the journey along the railway.
Barges were also an important type of transport during the industrial revolution. Factories and mills were often built next to canals so that goods could be transported easily. Barges carried the goods along canals to ports and docks. Canals joined cities and towns together. The Leeds and Liverpool canal still runs next to Bradford today. You can see the Leeds and Liverpool canal in places like Shipley and Saltaire. Bradford used to have its own canal running through the city but this is now closed. Look at the links and watch the videos to find out more.
Animated movie following workshops with local schools and community groups. Animated by Jack Lockhart for the Bingley Five Rise Locks awareness project.
Look at these old maps of Bradford in the past. Compare these with the maps of Bradford today. Look at hoe much Bradford has changed and grown.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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