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J.B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley
Bradford 1894 - Stratford-upon-Avon 1984
English novelist, playwright and broadcaster
Ian Judd

Bradford /  J.B. Priestley   Bradford /  J.B. Priestley


Bronze statue of Priestley with his coat flapping behind him, in a typical Bradford breeze.


On the top of the pedestal:
j.b. priestley o.m.




this statue of
honorary freeman of the city
was commissioned by the
city of bradford metropolitan council
and unveiled on friday 31 october 1986
by his wife jacquetta.

Sculptor : Ian Judd

"Lost in its smoky valley among the Pennine
hills, bristling with tall mill chimneys, with
its face of blackened stone, Bruddersford is
generally held to be an ugly city; and so I suppose
it is, but it always seemed to me to have the kind
of ugliness that could not only be tolerated but
often enjoyed; it was grim but not mean. And the
moors were always there and the horizon never
without its promise. No Brudderford man could
be exiled from the upland and blue air, he always
had one foot on the heather; he had only to pay
his tuppence on the tram and then climb for half
an hour to hear the larks and curlews, to feel the
old rocks warming in the sun, to see the harebells
trembling in the shade."
From "Bright Day" (1946) By j.p. priestley


Unveiled on 31 October 1986 by Priestley's widow, Jacquette Hawkes. The quotation is taken from the start of his novel Bright Day written in 1946. It describes an imaginary city called Bruddersford, but it is recognisably Bradford.


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Item Code: gbyh013; Photograph: 31 July 2012
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