Walking around, it’s sometimes hard to see evidence of the people, communities and actions that have helped make a place the way it is today. This illuminating walking tour will lift the veil of history and show you how Bradford’s Jewish population (all be it almost non-existent these days) came to live in and transform the city.

Arriving from the 1820s onwards in the Manningham area of Bradford, a growing community of German Jews had a huge impact on the cultural and commercial life of the city, contributing to Bradford’s transformation from small regional town to major industrial capital.

Jewish historian Paula Grizzard will lead you around what was once known as the Jewish Quarter, sharing stories of the original merchant princes who helped put the city on the map: war poet Humbert Wolfe, for example; and artist Sir William Rothenstein, who painted portraits of the likes of Oscar Wilde and Albert Einstein. It’s a chance to look beyond the everyday and into the past lives of the city.

The tour will start inside Bradford Synagogue and will include a walk of up to 2 miles, finishing back at Bradford Synagogue.


Paula Grizzard

Paula Grizzard was the initiator of the Making their Mark – a heritage Lottery Fund project on Bradford’s Jewish community – and she ran a major government programme that focused on the inner city of Bradford.