Somewhat dwarfed by the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren all around them, Union flags hang, outside of The Painted Hall and The Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College and add some much needed colour to a largely white World Heritage Site.
The Painted Hall has had a colourful history; in 1806 it witnessed the laying-in-state of Admiral Nelson, it became the first National Gallery of Naval Art in 1824 and served as a rather grand dining room for trainee Royal Navy officers between 1937 and 1997.
The “Warhorse to Horsepower” exhibition at The Tank Museum tells the story of the role of the British Army’s cavalry on the Western Front during World War One and, as the title of the exhibition suggests, the transition from horse riding and horse drawn conflict into a armoured and motorised one from a rather unusual perspective; that of the horses.
The horses in the walk through exhibition are represented by rather charming models, each with its own character and voice, which guide the visitor from 1914, when horses were at the forefront of British military doctrine, to the 1920’s and 30’s, when the advantages of the tank over the horse were firmly established. It gives one a perspective on the rest of the galleries, which are largely mechanical; albeit with an eye for the human stories behind the armour.
To quote from British Listed Buildings. co. uk (mainly because I wouldn’t know where to start describing this rather unusual Grade II listed structure):
“Water tower for Great Western Works. 1870. Cast iron. Round storey stanchions. 3 bays by 3 bays, in 4 lifts, all diagonally braced and with cast iron girders with interlaced circles at each lift. Central bay on plan with timber faced shaft. Grillage platform for water tanks at top, the tanks a replacement of 1979-80. The water tower forms an important landmark“.
Now it stand in the grounds of the University Technical College and is, in my opinion, the best preserved landmark relating to the former Great Western Works on Bristol Street.
With the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the location for Lionel Jeffries’ 1970 film version of “The Railway Children“, being only a few station stops away, I suppose it is only right that a scene from “The Railway Children” welcomes visitors to Bradford. Interestingly though, it might be quickly to get to Keighley from Bradford’s other railway station, Bradford Forest Square, but there is only 20 minutes in it!